Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling, and for some, that can mean the arrival of the autumn blues. Despair not, however: We have a couple of solutions for conquering them. Many simple joys come along with the cooling temperatures: the smell of stews simmering on the stovetop, the brisk walks in the chill air, the cozy feeling if wrapping yourself up in a snug cashmere blanket. And if you follow our clever tricks, the lack of light and greenery will become a non-issue.
You may be packing up your patio and heading indoors, but there are easy ways to bring the outdoors in and give yourself the illusion of #foreversummer at home. With the help of a few well-placed plants and clever furniture choices, you can create your very own evergreen sanctuary to take you through the colder months without going stir crazy. Time to bring the outdoors in and get ready for your best fall season yet—cozy bliss awaits.
Open Up Your Windows One Last Time
Before it's truly too cold to crack open a window, let the fresh air flow through your home one last time. There's nothing like the crisp fall air to give you an extra dose of energy on a brisk day. In fact, we recommend doing the same on mild winter days—fresh air is good for the soul and for your home.
Face The Outdoors
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Reposition your sofa to face outside. If you have evergreen trees to look at, even better. Gazing outdoors when confined inside will make you appreciate your own comfort that much more.
Grow Fresh Herbs
While you can't exactly grow a flower garden in the winter, nothing is stopping you from potting a few fresh herbs to keep your green thumb busy during the colder months. Besides, nothing beats fresh herbs in a soup or stew—it's a win-win situation.
Hang It High
Hang your plants high and near windows to create the illusion of greenery outside. Not only will your plants grow better, you'll also breathe better with fresh oxygen flowing through the plants' leaves.
To give yourself the illusion of being outside, create continuity between your outdoor area and its connecting indoor room. Have a plant box that lines the side of your house? Place a wood credenza indoors and match the look.
Add a Tree
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The most obvious way to bring the outdoors inside in colder months is to add a tree to your décor. Even if the leaves are falling outside, your living room will be full of greenery.
If plants are not enough to give the illusion of summer all year long, consider decorating in shades of moss and grass. Mixed with your favorite plants, you'll feel as if you're living inside a greenhouse.
If you're renovating, consider creating a double-story space with floor-to-ceiling windows to truly give your space the illusion of being outdoors. Extra-high light fixtures will help draw the eye up toward the sky.