FIVE EASY AU­TUMN UP­DATES

Re­fresh your home for fall with these 5 easy changes.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR

Learn how to re­fresh your home for the sea­son with these sim­ple changes.

2. TEX­TURE. This is a good way to warm up a space with a neu­tral color pal­ette. Touch a piece be­fore you de­cide on it—it’s the tac­tile feel that helps cre­ate tex­ture. Use pieces made from var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als, such as rus­tic wood ta­bles, scratchy wo­ven bas­kets, bumpy sisal rugs and soft fur blan­kets.

1. WARM COL­ORS. As the weather cools, you want to be cozy in­side, so use warm col­ors to make your home feel invit­ing. There’s a bit of psy­chol­ogy go­ing on here: We fa­vor cool col­ors like blue and green dur­ing the hot months be­cause they help us think of wa­ter and shady lawns. So dur­ing the cool months, use warm col­ors like red and yel­low to con­jure up warm fires, hot drinks and cozy blan­kets.

3. PAT­TERN. We as­so­ciate fall with tex­tiles like burlap, fleece and wool, not only for their warmth but also for the bold pat­terns like plaids and stripes that come with them. Plaid is a clas­sic fall choice that turns any room into a fall-friendly at­mos­phere, whether with throw pil­lows, blan­kets or prints on the wall.

4. NAT­U­RAL EL­E­MENTS. No fall dé­cor is com­plete with­out a few pump­kins, gourds and fall leaves. Go out­side and hunt around for bits of na­ture you can bring in­side to dis­play on your cof­fee ta­ble, scat­ter over your din­ing ta­ble cen­ter­piece or put in a bowl on the man­tel.

5. EN­TIC­ING SCENTS. Cin­na­mon, nut­meg, cloves, all­spice, chai—these are the scents of fall. Brew cups of tea to get you in the mood, and place batches of pot­pourri or can­dles around your home. You can also make a batch of spiced rum or cider to fill the house with the de­li­cious scent.

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