Fall is here and with it comes cooler temperatures, fun-filled family holidays and a whole new color palette to work with. As bright and cheery as summer decor was, bid those long hot days adieu with some crisp colors and autumn-inspired accessories. 

Warmer Colors
If you want to update a room, there's no better time to do it than fall. The kids are back to school and busy with activities and inspiration is everywhere - just look outside! The cool temperatures in autumn are offset by the barrage of oranges, deep reds and mustard yellows that you find in nature. When decorating with these toasty hues, use white or ecru blinds and shades to keep your space clean and chic. If you want to add cooler tones, use touches of gray or blue. A great way to add pops of color is with throw pillows, blankets and small home decor accessories. 

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Natural Materials
Fall decor is also more affordable because you can bring the outdoors in by using natural materials. Celebrate the season by filling a wicker basket with fallen leaves or pine cones for a beautiful centerpiece. Natural materials are ideal for fall, from something organic like tree branches to eco-friendly woven bamboo shades. Small pumpkins, dried cornhusks and gourds are perfect to adorn your fall mantle, window boxes and dining table. If you want to break away from fall colors, give them a quick coat of white spray paint for a neutral effect. Try gold and silver accents for a glam or more festive look.

Wrap It Up
When cooler weather sets in, keep blankets, throws, and quilts in easy reach. Find throws with different textures and colors for a bit of visual variety. For those who live in older homes with drafty fireplaces, this is a must during colder fall and winter months. You can also utilize screened-in porches by keeping an array of cushy pillows and warm blankets available for family and guests.

Warmer Lighting
Some of the prettiest natural light occurs in the fall. Switch out your current drapes for a set of new curtains that allow the beautiful autumn sunshine to radiate throughout your home. When the sun goes down, light candles for a more romantic atmosphere, or use dim, warm lightbulbs along with the tiny flames to layer the light in your home. Elegant chandeliers are perfect for autumn and festive family meals. 

Dress Your Door with an Autumn Wreath
Warm up your outdoor entryway for fall with a beautiful wreath. Wreaths are a must-have for fall decorating. With all the materials you can choose from, it's hard to land on just one. Collect natural elements from the outdoors like dried corn, pine cones, fallen leaves which all make stunning wreaths. Simply choose the item or items that represent fall most to you and construct an autumnal wreath or garland with which to decorate your home.