As the seasons are changing, you’re likely looking to match your home’s decor with the colors, scents, and textures of autumn. This beautiful time of year inspires us to add coziness and warm colors to our home, and the good news is that you can achieve an autumn-inspired look without breaking the bank.
- Create a Cozy Glow
We all know that fall is the time of year when it starts getting darker earlier. With the time change looming in early November, creating a cozy glow is a cost effective yet beautiful way to decorate your home on a dime.
While candles straight from the hobby store will cast a glow with warm scents of fall, you don’t have to settle for plain. Consider wrapping a glass votive in moistened corn husks that are trimmed to fit. A few details such as a small feather wrapped around the votive with raffia will add an extra decorative touch.
- Take Advantage of the Farmers Market
Who doesn’t love a farmers market full of fresh fruits, flowers, and vegetables? Although all of the above looks great on dining room tables, you can get creative with flowers and fresh foods for an ultra unique bouquet.
With a bouquet of mums from the farmers market, mix in a blend of vegetables and even fruits. Include a few small gourds, cabbage heads, and pears for an unexpected look. Try securing the vegetables with small dowel rods to keep them firmly in place.
- Make an Autumn Window Box
If you’re looking to add some festive touches to your home’s exterior, consider adding a window box. If you’re the crafty type, this is a great DIY project that can add character to your curb appeal. This Old House even has a 4-minute YouTube video to show you how to build and install a window box.
After you create your autumn window box, you can fill it with plants such as pansies, ornamental kale (which likes cool weather), and mums. However, you can consider adding a line of small pumpkins instead for seasonal flair.
- Create Eye-Catching Leaf Art
Don’t allow those leaves on the ground to just blow away in the wind. You can easily create unique art by taping pressed leaves onto craft paper and framing them on the wall.
Pressing leaves is easy, even for those of us who aren’t crafty. All you have to do is:
- Place the leaves between two sheets of newspaper and allow to flatten and dry under heavy weights
- Remove the flowers and leaves when they are completely free of moisture—typically after one day
- Place the leaves between two sheets of wax paper, individually, inside of a heavy book with a weight on top
- Remove after a couple of days for freshly-pressed, ready-to-go artwork
For an extra simplistic look, forget the frame and add a row of your new leaf art above your sofa or bed with removable adhesive strips.
Fall decorating doesn’t mean breaking the bank. Any Chicago homeowner can enjoy the fall season with these autumn decor tips. For more way to make your home cozy—and also more energy efficient—keep following our blog for top tips and ideas.