Wait—did Labor Day just fly by? Since we are now in September, it means that we’re only a couple of weeks away from the official first day of autumn, which makes today the perfect time to start thinking about fall decorating ideas at home. Though we've soaked up plenty of endless summer vibes these past few months, September is an exciting month because it’s filled with transitions: Temperatures cool off, you switch your Starbucks order from iced to hot coffee, you opt for red instead of rosé at dinner, and you debut new slouchy boots, sweaters, and jackets in lieu of T-shirts and shorts.
When it comes to fall decorating ideas, a few subtle décor updates will transition your home into fall (no major overhauls necessary). Just like your wardrobe, it’s all about layering. We’re not talking full-on bundling up just yet—instead, opt for cozy, fuzzy textures used sparingly, soften up spaces for entertaining to make them more inviting, and inject a few additional warm hues into the mix. In other words? Winter is coming, but first: fall. Just in time for September—learn how to layer up at home with 11 fresh fall decorating ideas below.
Fur blankets and other plush textures can be a great one-stop shop for transitioning a room from summer to fall. Placed on a sofa, chair, or at the foot of the bed, a fur blanket transforms a minimal bedroom into a haven of warm and fuzzies.
Layered warm neutral shades are the perfect fall update to create an inviting sofa situation. Pillows and throws in neutral heritage patterns are always a chic, understated way to add texture—and it doesn’t hurt that they remind us of our favorite wool blankets and scarves. Blankets, in particular, add a practical touch that gives guests the option to snuggle up if things get a little chilly.
Make Entertaining Inviting
Fall entertaining is one of our favorite pastimes. To give any kitchen a more warm, inviting appeal, make sure you layer soft textiles in the mix, like a rug under the dining table or a sheepskin draped over a dining chair (or both). Because when you’re playing host this fall, you want your guests to feel comfortable and cozy dining and dancing in September.
Select Saturated Hues
We don’t shy away from throwing a little fall shade. Swapping out brighter colors for more saturated hues is a tried-and-true way to usher in fall at home. We love the deep teal jewel tone of this velvet bedspread that feels rich in both color and texture.
We’re warming up (pun intended) to the Danish concept of hygge, creating an atmosphere of warmth at home using soft texture and cozy layers. Case in point: In more minimal, modern spaces, draping a sheepskin adds easy warmth and texture to living room seating like daybeds, chairs, and sofas.
Go Mad for Plaid
A classic plaid pattern is a perennial fall favorite like a well-worn flannel shirt (or a bonfire with s’mores, for that matter). A tartan plaid blanket plays off warm wood and leather tones to create a timeless, cozy appeal in this bedroom.
Warm Up a Workspace
One way to cozy up a desk or home office is to pull in warmer colors through décor like burgundy, berry, orange, and purple. In this compact workspace, the warm layers start from the ground up with a vibrant rug that evokes the colors of the changing leaves outside (without being too literal to a fall harvest, of course).
This perfectly layered bedroom proves that the snuggle is real. Using textural linens and textiles combined with warm taupes and muted brown shades, this bedroom oozes effortless cozy vibes.
Keep It Light
It may be questionable to wear crisp whites after Labor Day, but shades of cream are definitely within bounds (in fact, we encourage it). Mixing a few shades of cream together in a room balances lightness and warmth with an extreme chic factor.
Create a Comfy Nook
It’s that time of year again. What better way to greet fall than with a reading nook and a cup of coffee (or even a hot toddy)? This reindeer hide keeps a minimal, modern space feeling cozy instead of stark.
Layered textiles in a tight color palette can build dimension and warmth in a room for fall. For a color palette that will never go out of style, shades of navy and indigo add depth of color to any space year-round, including fall. Transitioning from season to season is all in the layering, but these shades always create an inviting seat for everyone in the family.
This story was originally published on September 1, 2017, and has since been updated.