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Ways to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall (2020)

October 20, 2020
10 Ways to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall (2020)

There’s nothing like the coziness that comes from when you cozy up on the couch in your living room, watching movies all day. Do you want to make your home cozy for fall? This time of year is a great excuse to change up the dining room, entryway, front porch and more to create that cozy fall ambiance. 

From greenery to gourds, minimalist to glam, there are fall decor ideas for everyone. You can make a DIY front porch or simply adorn your dining table and front door with a garland of fall colors. These interior design tutorials are to inspire everyone to give themselves a fall-themes makeover.

How Do I Make My House Cozy and Inviting?

There are a number of ways you can get your home to look cozy and inviting for fall. First, start by putting a fall wreath on your front door. Usually these details are small, but there are some more unique ways you can makeover your home into a cozy space for family and friends to relax. Here are some tips to make your home cozy for fall:

  1. Change up your bedding
  2. Incorporate throw blankets in all your living spaces
  3. Blanket ladders and baskets for organization
  4. Use comfy seating
  5. Add accents to the fireplace
  6. Change up the lights
  7. Entertain with fall tableware
  8. Decorate with candles
  9. Display fall-theme photos
  10. Insert pumpkins inside and out

Tip #1: Change Up Your Bedding

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Belgian Flax Linen Waffle Duvet Cover & Shams

Alpine Faux Fur Quilt & Shams – Ivory

Waffle Weave Blanket

1000-Thread-Count Sateen Sheet Set

You don’t necessarily need color to make your bedroom look cozy for fall. This look from Pottery Barn is great because it blends warm whites and beige together that keeps the room cozy through winter and into early spring. Layers are the theme here, starting with white sheets (you can use year-round BTW), then with this linen waffle duvet cover for your comforter, a faux fur quilt, and the waffle weave blanket on top gives you all the textures. Top with another cozy throw, and your cozy look is made complete. 

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Tip #2: Incorporate Throw Blankets & Throw Pillows

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Crate & Barrel Carez Throw

Crate & Barrel Styles Ecru Fringe Throw Blanket

Pottery Barn Faux Fur Ruched Throw

You can add in a throw blanket and pillow anywhere to make your home look cozy for fall. Muted tones like beiges, browns, off white, teal, orange, and pink are perfect, depending on the main colors in your rooms. Faux fur, cabled blankets, and fringe add texture to any room. Throw a throw on your home office chair, your bed, and of course, your sofa. When you need a touch of warmth, your cozy throw will be within reach. 

Tip #3: Blanket Ladders and Baskets for Organization

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Wooden Blanket Ladder

Decorative Basket

When you need to store your throw blankets and pillows, a blanket ladder and basket is the perfect solution. You can make your home look cozy for fall by placing the blanket ladder and baskets near your sofa, so family members and guests can grab a blanket or pillow when they want to get cozy. You can also use them as storage when you don’t want your sofa adorned with accessories. 

Tip #4: Use Comfy Seating

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Velvet Accent Chair

Tufted Accent Chair & Ottoman

Esters Wood Arm Chair 

Imagine a rainy Sunday afternoon, with a good book and a comfy chair. No matter your style, you can make your home look cozy for fall by choosing an accent chair that meets your look. Bold colors, luxurious textures, and a rustic touch make the perfect combination for a lovely reading nook. 

Tip #5: Add Accents to the Fireplace

Ways to Make Your Home Look Cozy for Fall
Cozy living room interior inspired by autumn colors

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Suede Fireplace Holder

Fireplace Candleholder

Fall Garland

Cozy Chic Mirror

If you have a fireplace, you should know that it becomes the centerpiece of your living space during the winter months. Because it’s a showpiece, you can make your home looking cozy for fall by adorning your fireplace with seasonal accents. Candleholders, fireplace wood holders, and mirrors are great options for accessories. You can top it off by adorning your fireplace with leaf garland. It will add an extra layer of warmth to your living space, whether more contemporary or in a log cabin. 

Tip #6: Change Up the Lights

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Oil Rubbed Brown Pendant

Tripod Wood Floor Lamp

Glass Table Lamps

Nothing’s like the warm glow of a well-lit room. To transition seasons, you can make your home look cozy for fall by using different table lamps, floor, lamps, and light pendants. Create a fluid aesthetic by finding lighting with the same finishes. Brass, brown, or black finishes are perfect for warmer months. 

Tip #7: Entertain and Eat Fall Up

Walden Dinnerware Collection

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If you’re planning to entertain this fall, the best way to make your home look cozy for fall is to showcase your hearty meals by using dinnerware for fall. Bold colors, gold, white, and porcelain looking dinnerware is the most cozy looking dinnerware. 

Tip #8: Decorate with Candles

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London Glass Hurricane Candle Holders

Mercury Votive Holders

White Birch Flameless Pillar Candles

White Pillar Candles

Voluspa Japonica Baltic Amber Candle

We all know that candles make any room feel more intimate. But you can make your home look cozy for fall by decorating your home with fall candles. Even if you need to go flameless, you can create a flameless look in a hurricane candle holder by adding acorns, pinecones, and mini pumpkins. The scent from luxurious candles fill your home with scents of amber and wood. So, even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can feel as though you are sitting in front of one anyway. 

Tip #9: Display Fall-Theme Photos

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Rustic Frame

Gray Farmhouse Frame

When you want your home to look cozy for fall, why not incorporate your friends and family? Frame your precious pictures (think in fall or cold scenes) with cozy rustic frames. Alternatively, you can also hang artwork that takes your place into the woods and creates a rustic backdrop.  

Tip #10: Insert Pumpkins Inside and Out

Cozy Chic Pumpkins

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We can’t forget the best part of fall decor – pumpkins! These days there are plenty of options available to make your home look cozy for fall by decorating with pumpkins. Try different patterns, colors, and textures to go with your home decor. Put real pumpkins outside your door, too, by stacking them. Pro tip: spray real pumpkins with hairspray so bugs and critters don’t eat them up before Thanksgiving.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Make Your Home Look Cozy for Fall

How early can you put up fall decorations?

It’s never too early to put up fall decorations. While some people opt to put up fall decorations in late August or early September, most people put up fall decorations in late September or early October. 

Is August too early to decorate for Halloween?

August tends to be a hot month. If you are craving fall leaves and pumpkins, it’s acceptable to put fall decorations out in late August. Do what you want, though. I mean, Starbucks comes out with their fall menu in late August, so why shouldn’t you?

How do I decorate my front yard in the fall?

You can decorate your front yard for fall by doing the following:

  • Have a colorful display of moms in different colors and sizes. Rustic planters give your front yard a rustic look. 
  • Dried corn is readily available at craft stores everywhere. Hand dried corn with different colors on the sides of bails of hay (you can also pick up at Michaels or Joanns).
  • Create layers of hay between fall decor.
  • Use fake or real painted pumpkins to match your home’s color scheme. Teal, grays, and greens are popular these days.
  • Attach cornstalks to lamp poles and columns for an added fall touch.
  • Get a fall-theme welcome mat for welcoming guests. 

Easy DIY Decorating Ideas to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall

  • Rotate your area rugs with fall colors. Or simply swap your current with sheepskin. 
  • Place coffee table books on the table with fall themes. Even cookbooks create that cozy look. 
  • Make a fall wreath with burlap, fake leaves, ribbon, and other adornments in fall colors. 
  • Swap out the china in our dining room for fall serving ware and dishes.

Happy Fall!


Steph Shakes

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