Monday, October 3, 2016

Simple Ideas for a Cozy Fall Decor Living Room

Can you believe it, folks?! Fall is officially upon us! ...which I’m excited about because it is hands-down my favorite season! Fall has the perfect-temperature weather, blue skies, colorful leaves, lots of Autumn festivals (and auctions, hehe)...not to mention my birthday is in the Fall! ;) Just as we're trading our blouses for woolen cardigans and flip flops for our leather boots, as the weather becomes cooler I am reaching for things in my home to cozy up to and that subtly reflect the change in seasons outside. Our living room is where my family and I spend a lot of our time, especially the evenings. To make it an extra lovely spot to gather together this Fall, there's some very simple and inexpensive home decor ideas I've pulled together as a mood board to cozy-up your home with pieces from Arhaus as my inspiration. Before we get to the décor, I want to first address something I call the “base” for your room and the difference between a room's base and decor. Base: all large furniture (sofa, rug, tables, bed, etc) Décor: easily replaced, smaller, and/or less expensive items (curtains, pillows, blankets, lamps, mirrors, wall art, etc) It's important to mentally separate your room's base from the décor when planning any room, especially as the base is the most important. When furnishing a room, use items that you love and are neutral in color; beige, gray, tan, or white is a great neutral base color. Big “base” pieces such as a sofa are expensive and therefore you want them to be flexible with changes in décor; a neutral color will ensure that your large pieces will last through at least a decade of style and home decor trends. (for some ideas to shop for, here's a page dedicated to neutral sofas) I've placed our existing sofa, rug, and coffee table, all neutral colors and a style I love, into the mood board and then branched off from there with Fall décor from Arhaus Furniture that can easily be switched out.

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Source list: Arhaus drapery, lamp, fur throw, leather chair, pillow, candles, map wall art
In this season I'm immediately reaching for plush throw blankets and exchanging summer’s bright colored or white pillows for more thick and natural fabrics such as wools, leather, or fur. Curtains made of heavier fabrics such as velvet are hung to keep out the chill and give the room a layered and plush feel. With the shorter amount of daylight, extra attention is paid to indoor lighting's ability to set a mood in a room for the evening; besides a warm glow at night, table lamps that have crystals or glass bases are a great choice as they reflect light even on cloudy days. Last but not least, nature-inspired birch candles are a fun addition! Any other simple ideas for making a room feel cozy? Chime-in in the comments below! Be sure to subscribe as well!

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