How to Create Cozy Home Decor this Fall and Winter

Autumn is a great time to switch up your home decor. Celebrate the cooler weather - and get cozy - with these 7 decorating ideas from the Domestic CEO.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #131

Autumn: the air turns crisp, leaves change to crimson and gold, the low sunlight creates beautiful shadows, and the holidays get closer, with promises of hayrides, pumpkins, and fun gatherings. I could go on and on...and I know I’m not the only one who gets excited when I turn my calendar to October!

As we look forward to all the lovely things about this season, I like to change the décor in my home to reflect this time of year. I’m not just talking pumpkins, witches, and skeletons (although those are always fun), but rather of changing things in your home to give it a cozy atmosphere. It’s time to put away the bright, vibrant hues of spring and summer, and give way to deeper, warmer tones.

If you’ve never changed up your decorating style to reflect the season (other than with a few pumpkins or a Christmas tree), let me share 7 of my favorite ways to make my home a comfortable and inviting sanctuary during the colder months:

Create Some Warmth…Literally!

If you’ve got a fireplace in your home, it’s just about time to start using it. But first, please be sure to have your chimney properly inspected before firing it up for the first time. Besides creosote build-up in the chimney from last winter, birds and critters love to find their way into a chimney flue, so make sure you get the “all clear” before lighting that first log.

For those of you who have a non-working fireplace, using multiple candles in place of an actual fire is always a good option. Or, find a basket that fits the opening of the fireplace, load it with branches (birch branches are my favorite option), and add a battery-operated string of lights interspersed in the logs. Turn on the lights to create a nice glow in the fireplace. If you do have a working fireplace, even if it’s a gas model, that same basket of logs next to the hearth will add a glow to the room, too.

Throw it On

The fireplace isn’t the only source of warmth; I love to toss throws on all my couches and chairs, so that anyone taking a seat can cozy up when the air turns chilly. Rather than the typical afghan that Grandma had on her couch, try a plaid blanket, a furry throw, or even a hand-knitted lap blanket stitched to mimic your favorite winter sweater. All these different textures and styles of throws lend a feeling of warmth to your room, even when you aren’t cuddled up beneath one.

You may also want to think about changing the throw pillows on the sofa when autumn rolls around. Choosing deeper colors, burlap textures, and even some knitted pillows can dramatically change the look and feel of the room. This easy change offers a lot of bang for your buck!

If you don’t want to spend the money on new pillows, find some slipcovers that work. Or, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, stitch up some covers that can be changed with the seasons.