Make your home more cozy for fall on a budget with these easy decorating tips that don’t cost a lot of money and will have you curling up with a book in no time!
Now that fall is upon us, it’s time to get prepared for colder weather.
Which takes a lot of work on my part…I’m definitely more of a hot weather summer person!
But one of the things I do like to do in the fall is make my house feel more cozy.
That way it looks and feels warm inside even if it’s cold outside.
So if you’re like me and have to psych yourself up to deal with winter, hopefully some of these fall decorating ideas will help you to make your home more cozy, too.
1. Use Textured Fabrics
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Textured fabrics such as faux fur, chenille and velvet are soft to the touch and make a space feel warm.
Draping a faux fur throw or a chenille blanket on your sofa makes it look like a cozy place to curl up. And if your feet get cold, there’s a blanket within easy reach.
Or try swapping out some of your cushion covers for ones with textured fabric.
2. Add Warm-Toned Metals
Warm toned metals like gold and brass add a warm glow to any room.
And that warmth helps to add to the cozy feeling we’re often looking for in fall.
Picking accessories that have some texture to them (like this candle holder) increases that feeling even more.
3. Light Candles
Speaking of candles…they add that warm look which makes a room feel cozy, regardless of how you display them.
This is one time when flame-less candles just don’t cut it.
They don’t add ambiance to the room in the same way that real candles do.
4. Add Scent
Smell is one of the most powerful senses, so adding a scent that reminds you of fall (like pumpkin spice) will make you want to just hang out in your home.
Which is why a lot of real estate agents have scented candles burning during an open house.
Potpourri, incense, or scented candles can all do this…just choose the smell that you like the best!
5. Hang Curtains
Along a similar line, adding curtains to your space will help to soften it and make it feel more cozy.
This is part of the reason canopy beds appeal to so many people.
Installing curtains all the way across the wall gives a similar feel to the room in general.
I usually take the velvet curtains in my living room down for the summer. But they’re going back up now!
6. Create a Reading Nook
Set up a corner in the room with a comfortable seat, a cozy blanket, a reading light, some good books, and a place to set a drink.
It will look so cozy, you may even find yourself reading more 🙂
Somewhat enclosed spaces, like the window bench in my office, seem to have built-in coziness…take advantage of it by making it a good place to sit.
7. Put Down Area Rugs
There’s something about having softness under your feet that makes you feel cozy.
If you have hard floors in the seating area of your room or around the bed, consider putting down an area rug to add some comfort (it’s hard to get out of bed if you know your feet are going to hit a cold floor!)
The area rug in my den adds drama to the room and provides a cushy place to rest your feet.
8. Switch Out Your Cushions
Adding a couple of down-filled cushions where you don’t usually have them helps to make your home look cozy.
Lumbar cushions are particularly good for making chairs, sofas and chaises more comfortable.
And if you really want to go all out, replace the stuffing in the seat cushions with feathers, too.
It’s like sitting on a down duvet. You’ll never want to get up!
9. Turn On Some Lamps
Avoid overhead and fluorescent lighting if you want your space to look cozy.
Lamps or sconces give off more flattering light that makes people look and feel better.
Use dimmers on all of your lights to help you provide the ambiance you want in the room.
10. Light a Fire
If you have a fireplace, lighting a fire is a quick way to make the room look and feel cozy.
Who doesn’t like to sit in front of the fire with their drink of choice and relax, especially if it’s cold outside.
If you don’t have a fireplace and want one, you still have a few options.
One is to buy an electric fireplace (like the one above). They can be installed on pretty much any wall and have come a long way since they first came out.
The flames can be pretty realistic and many of the units produce heat like a fire as well.
The great thing about electric fireplaces is that they don’t have to be vented. So you can fit them in anywhere you have space.
Or you can create a faux fireplace by putting up a mantel and adding some candles like I did in my bedroom makeover.
I think just having a mantel makes the room feel more cozy. And lighting all of those candles helps 🙂
11. Paint A Dark Color
If you want that cozy feeling all year round, try painting one of your rooms a dark color.
As I mentioned when I was talking about choosing a color scheme, using dark paint on the walls can help to make a room feel cozy…just like light paint helps to make it feel open and airy.
If you really want to go all out, paint the ceiling dark too (like I did in my den). I love snuggling up on this sofa with a blanket and a book!
Want to try this but a little afraid it will be too dark? Read my tips on how to decorate a dark colored room.
Try out one or more of this tips and your home will be feeling more cozy in no time!
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This post was originally published on November 21, 2016 but was updated with new content on August 4, 2021.