easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh

Sometimes summer is just too busy to decorate or even to dust. But when summer is coming to an end and you’re ready to get your home tidy and in order for the upcoming seasons, it can be nice to slowly transition into fall decorations even though it’s still hot outside. Fall decorating is probably my favorite seasonal decor because of the colors and warmth the pieces exude in a space. It doesn’t take much and refreshing a space can make a home feel so good. I’m excited to share my easy summer to fall home decor refresh and three tips to give you some direction for your home and to find unexpected joy in the transition between the seasons.


Tip #1: Less is more

If you have summertime decor out, let’s put it away and display just the basics. A clean slate not only helps you to visualize doing something new to the space, but it also feels more relaxed and ready for just a few different pieces to be added back.


Tip #2: Consider color

Look around the main living areas of your home (for example: the entry, living room, kitchen, and dining room) and determine the base color. If you have a neutral foundation with a lot of green as your accent color, then your base color is green. Then consider what fall decor you already have, and what fall colors you prefer with green. Instead of just adding all the fall colors, or even several, pick just one or two colors to coordinate with your base color. This will add some fall vibes without looking like you’ve completed all your fall decorating… in August~ And when it is time to decorate for the fall season, avoid putting out every piece of fall decor you own. This can be hard, but if you can pull back and keep some items in storage, your look will feel different, and the unused pieces can feel new next time. Also, when it’s time to decorate for fall, try putting decor in different spots than they’ve been previously. This will refresh the decor and give it new life and you’ll enjoy seeing little changes around your home too.


Tip #3: Highlight spots

Now that you have cleared out your spaces to a neutral look, and you’ve determined at least one fall color to bring out, gather your decor (existing or new) and pick just one or two places in each main living area to decorate. For instance, I added touches of fall to my seating and coffee table in the living room. And I added touches of fall to my dining table centerpiece. When the fall weather hits or you’re feeling completely ready to give over to totally decorating for fall, that’s when you’ll add more decor into more spots throughout your home. Right now, is an in-between transition so we’re keeping it minimal and not losing summer altogether, yet~


Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh

Now that you have an action plan and an easy way to approach your summer to fall decorating refresh, I’d like to share my spaces for some ideas and inspiration. My base color in the living room was grey/blue so I added mustard and rust. I selected these two colors because I already had several pillows that would work, but they’re also complimentary to blue on the color wheel. I think all three colors can also work with summer decor, but patterns and other decor elements can change the feeling. I also added a huge candle to the coffee table, and some dried hydrangeas (from my yard). I think dried florals are awesome for fall time decorating, and with hydrangeas typically blooming in the summer it’s the best of both seasons in a free floral arrangement. Did you know that if you clip your hydrangeas when they have already started to dry out on the plant, you can just clip them, arrange them, and don’t add water to your vessel? They will continue to dry out and they often hold they’re pretty fluffy shape. Here in Arkansas, my hydrangeas start to feel dry in mid-August but this year we got some high temps which started to burn the flowers. So, I may have clipped them earlier than I should have, but they are holding up fine and we’ve been enjoying the dried beauties in our home.

Some items that can add a subtle fall vibe to your space are copper or brass elements, candles, throw blankets or even a basket with some throws, and books with dark covers. Those are easy things that can be found around the house if you’ve been collecting decor for any amount of time. Just adding bits here and there and being intentional about your decor choices will make decorating from summer to fall a breeze.


Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Living Room

For the living room, I moved my media cabinet from the dining room into the living room and lined up my collected shutters behind the TV. Moving the TV from above the mantel opened up the mantel for some art (or a mirror) and just minor decor. The minor decor will get switched out when I’m ready to transition to fall decor. I also moved the two poufs from upstairs to add some cozy seating in front of the fireplace. Seating in front of the fireplace whether poufs, a bench, accent chairs, or even a small writing desk draws attention to the cozy fireplace. I also just changed out some pillows and add a new reversible pillow from Walmart, and my summer to fall transition decor is set.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Dining Room

For the dining room, I made some bigger changes! I wanted to add some drama to the space, so I painted the focal wall a green/black. This paint added drama, depth, and a moody contrast to the all-white room. With an all-white home, I like to add some color and contrast in specific areas. The color adds depth, dimension, interest, and when you see the other space that I added the same green/black color to, you’ll see how color can flow through a home as well. With the media cabinet in the living room, I rolled over my rolling cart to the focal wall and styled it with dining room related decor. I think the dark backdrop really makes the rolling cart and decor pop. I’ve been planning and patiently waiting for my wallpaper mural to arrive for the wall across from the dining room. It’s been on backorder for a while, and I just try not to think about it~ However, when it arrives, you will see how the moody colors connect the dining room space separated by a walkway. Making opposite walls have color and mood creates such a lovely space to notice instead of just walking through it. My rolling cart may return to this wallpapered space in the future, but for now I’m really enjoying it as decorative storage for our formal dining space.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Entryway

Finally, the entryway got a mini refresh to transition from summer to fall. The entryway can often set the tone for the rest of the home, so adding a touch or two of your fall color choice or a fall-ish piece of decor can help guests expect some summery fall vibes in the home. Even a single fall scented candle can go a long way to start integrating cozy fall vibes into the end of the summer seasonal decor. I added some empty brass candlesticks to the sofa table just like I did for the coffee table. It’s subtle, simple, and a way to inch towards fall. When fall decorating commences, I will add candles to the sticks and that will totally change the look and vibe. Instead of adding fall stems, I kept a lush green looking plant to highlight summer greenery, but the tones of everything else is neutral and calming – unlike energetic summer decor. I also leaned framed art in front the mirror to keep a casual look and to bring in some grey. The copper candle smells amazing, and the color and metal container feel like fall. Very subtle but a few differences that begin to celebrate the upcoming season.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Shop my home

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Well, my goodness you guys, that was so fun. I redecorate and move stuff around all the time, just for fun, but I’m so glad I thought to share this little seasonal transition trick with you. I usually just decorate and don’t take the time to note why I do what I do, but I hope it helps you to think about your decor in a new way, to use your decor in a new way, and enjoy your decor in a new way. I confess, I love new decor and shopping for it, but I love getting the most out of what I already have even more. So, shop your home, use your old decor in different places, and use it sparingly – less is more and you’ll enjoy the transition between seasons even more. If you’re ready for a little more fall inspiration, you can check out last fall’s home tour. Thank you for checking out this post. If you enjoy DIY and decorating like me, be sure to subscribe to my blog and you’ll hear from me just once a week and you’ll get my free eBook for how to style your shelves like a designer.

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