Fall is nesting season. As the weather starts to turn many of us retreat to our homes and get out of the cold. It's the time we all try to make it as cozy and inviting as possible. To do so everyone needs a few go-to accessories to make it happen. Here are seven 'must-have' accessories that will help give you home that autumn look.
Every house (every room even) needs a cozy throw you can snuggle up in during the fall and winter months. Not only are they good for snuggling in, give rooms a touch of warmth and softness. Drape one on the arm of a sofa, on the back of a chair, or folded up on an ottoman. Think warm fabrics like wool, chenille or cashmere.
Candles are super accessories to have in your home, particularly in autumn. As the days get shorter it's nice to add the warmth and ambiance of candlelight to brighten things up. You can make great displays out of candles or just display them on their own. While colored candles can be fun, ivory is usually the safest color choice.
Whether you display them in a big glass bowl, scattered on the mantel, or as part of a bigger arrangement, pinecones look right just about anywhere during the fall. For a twist on the au naturel look, try spray-painting them. Their sculptural shape means they look gorgeous and fall-like no matter what color they are.
Galvanized metal buckets are great containers for displaying fall arrangements. Fill them with branches and berries, pinecones, or a simple pillar candle. They look terrific when decorating your front porch and steps, or lining a walkway.
Pumpkins and Gourds
Like with pinecones, pumpkins and gourds can be left as is or spray-painted. It's really the shapes of these little guys that make them fun. One of the hot trends of the moment is to spray pumpkins white. They take on a slightly more modern and elegant look than their orange counterparts and can still be displayed in all the usual ways. The same goes for gourds which look cute and charming when displayed on a mantel.
Nothing says fall like orange. It could be a toss pillow, a vase, or a collection of oranges dotted with cloves – as long as there's something orange in your home you know it's fall! If you're concerned that orange doesn't suit your décor remember that it comes in many different shades – bright, dark, rust, and even with coral tones.
It's a good idea to have something natural in every room anyway, but it's particularly great in the fall. Woven baskets, a piece of rattan furniture, a jute or seagrass rug – items that remind us of the fall harvest are great. Even a collection of woven spheres (you can find these at stores like West Elm and Pottery Barn) or a bowl full of walnuts or acorns can achieve the look.
For ideas on how to use all these items and make wonderful looking vignettes check out this photo gallery of fall displays. The great thing about autumn is that you can make great use of nature's bounty and barely have to spend any money (unless you want to!)