Transitioning Your Home Decor from Summer to Fall

written by Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is an interior designer, interior design blogger, and Instructor of Interior Design.  She has more than 12 years commercial and residential design experience, and is the creator of the Lisa René Home blog.

Fall seems to take forever to arrive here in the South.  We have spent the summer sweltering away in the heat and the cool crisp air of Autumn always inspires me to update my décor.  Even if you live in a “less seasonal” climate, changing up your décor with the seasons helps you transition and keeps things fresh. By looking at each area of your home, you can carry the seasonal theme throughout.  Here are some easy and beautiful ways to transition your home from summer to fall!

1. As you approach your home

  • Mums are the quintessential fall flower.  The beautiful colors lend themselves perfectly to the fall season.  When planting, think about using multi-height installments. 
  • Use lighting:  Use uplights to highlight smaller trees with gorgeous foliage, plant beds, any vignettes you create, or even just your front door. 
  • Pumpkins:  Pumpkins on the porch are cliche for a reason.  They add a bright and beautiful pop of color.  Use them with lighting for luminary beauty approaching your home.

Photo credit: Good Housekeeping

2. Doorway

This will provide a nice transition from your “outdoor space” to your “indoor space”.

If you are feeling really ambitious, you can paint your door to match your fall mood.  Orange and red are fall colors that make beautiful door colors. 
Use a wreath or swag.  There are so many beautiful door adornments now!  Just go on Pinterest on into Etsy and I’m sure you will find some fantastic inspiration for a wreath or a swag. 
Use a garland.  If you still feel your entry is a little drab, you can always add a garland.  You may decide your entry looks fine like it is. 

3. Entryway/Foyer

  • If you have a small table in your entry, decorate it with seasonal foliage, ribbon, and/or produce (pumpkins or gourds). 
  • If you have a bench, chair, or any type of seating in your entryway, make it cozy!  Pile on lofty throws in soft textures and throw pillows with autumn colors, sayings, or sweater stitches.  These are some of my favorite Fall accent fabrics from Greenhouse Fabrics:

 4. Kitchen

Textiles in fall colors are a great way to decorate the kitchen.  I use tablecloths, napkins, and placemats to bring more fall color into the kitchen.  These fabrics make great kitchen accents!

5. Dining Room

Since the dining table is likely the biggest piece of furniture in your dining room, choose a centerpiece that will command attention!  If you want the “designer look”, set the table and include touches like a runner, cloth napkins, dishes in multiple patterns, and name place cards.


6. Family Room

Start with warmth and texture.  Cozy throws and soft pillows will take the chill off a brisk autumn evening. I like to decorate my mantle and fireplace surround for fall.   I use garland, white lights,  ceramic and glass pumpkins, and mums in a decorative container to spruce up my fireplace.

So there you have it, a few easy and quick ways to transition your home from summer to fall.  Happy Fall Y’all!

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