How to Make Your Home Feel Warm and Welcoming in the Fallby Millers Furniture on 2018-10-10 12:43:05
There are so many reasons to enjoy spending time outdoors in the fall, from Friday night football games to dazzling displays of autumn leaves. But when it's time to go home, you want to be able to enjoy being indoors as much as being outside, especially as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. Fortunately, making just a few simple changes can go a long way toward making your home feel warm and welcoming in the fall.
Re-evaluate your lighting needs
One of the most difficult changes to adjust to in the fall is the loss of daylight, especially after Daylight Savings Time ends. But just because it's dark outside doesn't mean it has to feel dark and gloomy inside. Fall is a great time to re-evaluate the amount of lighting in your home so that you can create a warm and cheerful atmosphere even after the sun goes down. While overhead lights are most often used in kitchens and dining areas, lamps are more appropriate for areas where you spend time relaxing, such as living rooms and bedrooms. When it's dark outside, take some time to walk through those rooms, turn on your lamps, and assess whether the lamps provide adequate lighting around the room. If you notice areas of a room that could use a little more lighting, consider adding a few extra table or floor lamps that can be used as needed.
Incorporate candles and LED lights into your decor
If the thought of coming home to a dark house makes you feel a little blue, consider purchasing LED battery-operated flameless candles or lights that you can set to come on automatically at the same time every day, or ones that turn on automatically at dusk and turn off at dawn. LED candles look especially inviting in windows, not only to you, but to anyone who visits or passes by your home. Once you're in for the evening, lighting a few traditional candles can add some cheer to a dark night, especially if the candles are scented with your favorite fall aromas.
Add throw blankets and pillows
In the fall and winter, there's just something about having a warm throw blanket nearby that makes those crisp mornings and evenings feel a little more bearable, so adding a few cozy throws to your living room or bedrooms is a welcoming touch. Colorful throws that coordinate with your décor can look nice draped over the back of a sofa, folded over the arm of a recliner, or even assembled neatly in a decorative basket near your favorite chair. Decorative throw pillows on sofas and beds can help create a feeling of depth and warmth as well.
Switch to hardier window treatments
Breezy sheers and lightweight linens are staple window treatments in the spring and summer, but in the fall and winter, heavier drapes can give your room a fresh new look while helping seal out drafts around the windows.
Add area rugs to hardwood, laminate, or tile floors
Hardwood floors may make a room look cozy with their warm wood tones, but walking around on them isn't exactly a warming experience. While a good pair of slippers will probably do the trick, investing in a few area rugs can also help your hardwood, laminate, or tile floors feel a little warmer in the fall and winter. A properly-sized area rug beneath the dining room table, in the living room, or beneath a bed can not only add warmth and depth, but a little extra flair to your style as well. Smaller rugs placed in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms can also add a sense of warmth to your home.
Light a fire in the fireplace
If you're blessed with a fireplace—whether it's wood burning, gas, or even electric—there's no better way to alleviate the chill than by lighting a cozy fire. And because people tend to enjoy gathering around the fireplace, it's a great way to bring the family or your guests together.
Add some cozy new upholstery
Let's face it: here in Ohio, we spend a lot of time indoors in the fall and winter. And much of that time is spent on our furniture, whether its an easy chair next to the fireplace or a sofa in front of the TV. Sometimes the best way to make a home feel warm and welcoming is by adding some comfortable new upholstered furniture. Even if you're not in the market for an entire new living room suite, just adding a recliner or a chair and ottoman to sink into at the end of the day could be enough.
If you're in need of some items to make your home seem warm and inviting this fall and winter, stop in to our Plain City or Lancaster locations and take a look around. From cozy new furniture to lamps and home décor, we've got what you need to make your home a little brighter during those cooler days and darker evenings ahead!