The end of summer is near, with the leaves turning colors and a chill in the air. And with the new season, you may want to update your bedroom decor, taking it from easy-breezy summertime to cozy fall.
The good part about decorating for fall is that you don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money to bring some warm and comfortable vibes into your bedroom. By incorporating some natural elements into the decor, and layering pieces you already have, you can create a sanctuary that you can’t wait to snuggle into.
Start With Your Bed
Where else to start “cozifying” than the place where you spend most of your time? Now is a perfect time to upgrade your mattress if you’ve been sleeping on the same lumpy old bed for years. Mattresses should be replaced every 7-10 years, and if you want a sanctuary where you can snuggle in and get plenty of rest, you need to start with the right bed. A new mattress will also be free of any allergens like dust mites and pet dander that can keep you awake, especially when you opt for an all-natural mattress made with organic materials.
Once you have a comfortable bed, layering blankets, quilts, and soft sheets on your bed will make you want to stay in and cuddle, especially on a crisp fall morning. Start with a set of soft sheets atop your natural mattress; although flannel is a classic for extra warmth, high quality Egyptian cotton or linen sheets feel luxurious while keeping you from overheating. For warmth, think layers: fold an heirloom or a chunky knit throw across the end of the bed that you can layer over your duvet when it gets especially chilly.
When choosing your fall bedding, think about fall textures: Wool, thick knits, fur, velvet, etc. The crisp, smooth, and monochromatic look that you love in the summer can look cold and austere in the winter, so look for ways that you can layer textures to create a feeling of warmth. In fact, velvet is one of the best fabrics for creating a rich feeling; for a really bold move you could add a velvet-covered headboard, or just a few throw pillows for a simpler look that still adds that pop of luxe texture.
Bring in Warm Colors
Fall is all about rich, warm colors. Bring in those shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown through accents and decor pieces. Pillows and throws are a good place to start, but consider adding a throw rug (especially over the carpet for maximum coziness) or changing the curtains. And of course, plaid is always a fall classic, whether you opt for a simple Buffalo plaid or a more complex tartan.
Also consider adding some autumnal elements to your decor. Now is the time to incorporate some natural elements into your decor; think dried leaves and flowers, herbs, and wood. If you want to really lean into the fall theme, consider using some decorative gourds as accents; they’ll last for months if you keep them out of direct sunlight. If you want a more subtle nod to the season, choose decorative pieces in metallics or glass that capture the essence of fall.
Don’t overlook art when changing out your decor, either. Replace framed snapshots with fall themed photos, or hang a seasonal wreath over your bed. For inexpensive custom art, go on a fall photo walk, and capture images of changing leaves, landscapes, or interesting scenes and have them made into canvases that you can change out later on.
Adjust the Lighting
The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean your bedroom needs to be dark and dreary. Place candles around the room (battery-operated for safety) for a romantic, cozy glow. Replacing your bedside lamps with a lower-wattage bulb (40 watts or less) can also up the glow factor; if you don’t already have one, a dimmer switch on your overhead lights can make all the difference when it comes to adjusting the lighting for a welcoming environment.
For an even more romantic environment, switch out your standard soft white light bulbs for pink ones. A pink lightbulb gives you (and anyone in the room) a slightly pink glow, while creating a softer, more soft focus feeling in the room. You can achieve a similar effect by replacing your lamp shades with red ones.
Getting your bedroom ready for fall means bringing in rich textures and colors, and focusing on comfort. With a few quick changes, you can create a warm and welcoming sanctuary that you’ll enjoy spending time in all the way through winter.