Seasonal Switch Up: How To Transition Your Home From Summer To Early Fall

Decorate your home with warm and cozy accessories this fall. (Image source: Pier 1)

Soon will come the days when we begin imbibing a cup of cocoa or cider next to a cozy fire. But there is plenty of fun in welcoming a new season into your home and making simple switches in decorative items and accessories is the perfect way to warm up or add cooling accents to the home.

If your upholstery is in the neutral family, the obvious choice is to add different pillow colors that reflect the season. For autumn, you’ll want to incorporate burgundy, burnt orange, chartreuse browns and cocoas, mustard yellow and even some eggplant purple tones. Area rugs are also simple to change and switch out as they can be rolled up and stored until the next season. Draperies, too, are easy to switch out from season to season with different patterns and prints for linens and side panels.

Use sturdier fabrics and textures like velvets and keep the window dressing minimal to let as much natural light in as possible.

As for home décor, pumpkins and leaves, nutty woods like oak and walnut and floral arrangements of sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, cotton and grasses will do just fine. These seasonal elements are easy and inexpensive to transition and can be found at a local craft or home goods store.

If you are in the mood to paint, try complementing your existing wall color with an accent wall or patterned wallpaper. While it is very appealing and pretty, the gray trend can get boring, but creams, beiges and taupes will always be in style.


The symbol of fall, pumpkins don’t have to be orange and decked out with Halloween or harvest sayings. Keep it classy in neutral tones that complement the rest of the décor in your home. Available at TJ Maxx for $9.99 and up.


Throw pillows are one of the easier accessories to switch out to update your furniture, changing the entire style and aesthetic of the space. These pillows from Pier1 range in price from $14 to $30.


Nothing says the scent of fall like a warm candle. Maple, cinnamon, apple and pumpkin are favorites to burn during the cooler weather. Check out the dozens of scents to choose from at Yankee Candle.

Floral accents

A faux floral centerpiece is a simple way to brighten up any coffee table or shelf. Make your own or get this Dahlia Mum arrangement from Bed Bath & Beyond for $44.99.

Blankets and throws

This multicolored chenille throw has all the colors of autumn to drape over your sofa or chair. Farmhouse Plaid Chenille Throw available for $39.99 at Pier1.

Area rugs

Roll ‘em out and roll ‘em up. Area rugs are large enough to make a noticeable change in a room, but not detailed enough to change the style. The perfect blend of ivory and sage, the Safavieh Lyndhurst Framed Floral Print Rug is available at Kohl’s for $84.99 to $499.99

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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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