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Spruce Up Your Home for Fall

There's a snap in the air and a distinct sense of possibility afoot. It's finally fall—and your creativity is about to bust out in high autumn style. Seasonal decorating can be a fun way to spruce up your home, and the glory of autumn is no exception. Read on for some great tips on how to create gorgeous fall-inspired interiors, just in time for the season.

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Bring the Outdoors In

One of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to change the decor in your home in time for fall is to look to the great outdoors. After all, autumn is one of the most gorgeous seasons, full of rich colors and beautiful natural elements. Take advantage of the shifting seasons by bringing the outdoors inside.

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is with centerpieces. Centerpieces can be perfect for a holiday dinner or a simple weeknight family meal, as they can be ornate and lavish or toned-down and simple. To construct an eye-catching centerpiece, start with an assortment of decorative gourds and squashes in rich gold, green, and red colors, then display them in a woven basket for casual affairs or a classic silver or brass bowl for a more formal display. It won't cost much, but your fall centerpiece will become a conversation piece as you're serving guests.

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Go Farmhouse Chic

If you're looking to revamp the interior design of your home for fall, consider channeling the rustic and rural trimmings of a farmhouse by going farmhouse chic. By bringing in decorative elements such as lanterns, wooden crates, and linen tablecloths, you can easily feel like you're lounging in a much cozier version of a haystack.

Keep in mind that to successfully pull off this look, you’ll need to practice restraint. The purpose isn't to turn your home into an actual farmhouse, but to bring in a few elements that give your house a rustic feel. If you're hosting a party, prop an old washboard up next to your front door to welcome guests, use mini-chalkboards instead of place cards for a table setting, and serve party favors in rustic quilted bags. You could also incorporate the theme into your entertainment for the evening, with games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

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Cozy It Up

Fall is a time to turn away from light summer fabrics and snuggle up with flannels and wool blankets. Sprucing up your living space doesn't have to break the bank or mean a total design overhaul. For an instant touch of autumn inside your home, consider throw pillows and blankets in rich jewel tones or metallics.

You'd be surprised how well this trick works for every room: take a dominant color in your current décor and find a variant or a contrast in a richer fabric such as satin, wool, or velvet to give your house a feel of fall. When in doubt, you can't go wrong with jewel tones in burnished orange, ruby red, or emerald green. Metallic accents in bronze or gold are great, too. Remember that a thicker fabric will bring a more seasonal texture to the mix—you can get out your wispy chiffons come spring!

No matter what your design style, fall can be a great time to reassess your home interior and make a change. With a few savvy touches here and there, you can incorporate fall into your home and make it an even more comfortable and beautiful space. So get out there, get creative, and enjoy the unique pleasures of fall.