We’re not talking about scattering pressed leaves and pumpkins around your house (though we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with enjoying them outside!). And we definitely aren’t encouraging you to spend big bucks adding seasonal décor only to replace it with something wintry and holiday-appropriate come December.
But if you are in the mood to treat yourself and your space to a little something—even if it’s just getting creative with wallpaper, throw-pillow placement, and blanket draping—there are easy ways to make your home feel more fall-ready.
Ahead, get ideas for how to style your living space so it feels a little cozier and more atmospheric during the cool weather, plus budget-friendly shopping picks.
Originally published September 2016. Updated September 2017.
There's something unequivocally cozy about exposed brick walls. Real thing not an option? There's always wallpaper...
Photo: Binti Home
A Southwestern rug in vibrant red makes a room so much warmer-feeling.
Photo: KW Studio
On the other end of the fall color spectrum, slate gray bedding and pillows are moody in the absolute best way.
Photo: Planete Deco
Linen Cushion Cover in Charcoal Gray, $5.99; at H&M
A fur throw takes any room from summer to fall.
Photo: One Fine Stay
Faux Fur Throw, $39.99; at H&M
A moody landscape painting reminds you of why you'd rather be inside, hunkering down on the couch.
Photo: Nest Together
River Run Original Tonalist Landscape Oil Painting, $135; at Etsy
When all else fails, a plush gray throw will put you in the mood for autumn Sundays spent in bed.
Photo: Room & Board
Mohair Grey Throw, $149; at CB2