As the kids head back to school and Labor Day approaches, you may be thinking about warming up your apartment for those not-too-far-off chilly evenings. Cozy throw blankets, fluffy pillows, a new rug for the living room, warm curtains – all of these items will make your apartment cozy and inviting as the new season arrives.
First, your colors: Traditional fall colors tend to reflect what’s happening outdoors: gold, russet, and red. But while those colors are great, be sure to check out the trendier shades for the season. Pantone’s Fall 2014 colors are gorgeous: Radiant Orchid, Aurora Red, Mustard Yellow, Sangria, Cognac, and Bright Cobalt will bring rich, warm hues to your apartment.
Next, develop a plan: Winter isn’t that far off, so while developing a fall color scheme, you want to keep it inexpensive and simple. You don’t want to have to change out too much when winter arrives, and this tends to be an expensive time of year – you (or your kids) may be heading back to school, your wardrobe needs updating (it is almost time for jeans and sweaters), and the holidays are fast approaching.
If you crochet or knit, consider starting a throw now that incorporates some of your favorite fall colors. Look for pillows in rich tones, preferably in a warm fabric such as chenille or velvet. Just adding two to your couch will have a huge impact. If you want to add a rug, keep in mind that you’ll want to use it right up until the spring thaw (or perhaps even next summer), so keep it in a neutral color that will go with everything.
A fast, easy trick for decorating your apartment for fall: Washi tape! If you aren’t familiar with this colorful, easy-to-use tape, it is ideal for apartment decorating – it comes right off without leaving behind residue or damage. It is a Japanese masking tape made from paper (such as rice paper). It is nearly transparent and can be used in a variety of ways.
Washi tape is ideal for apartments – use it to dress up a wall, brighten up a boring end table, cover an ugly vase or a lamp shade, create a mural, etc. It comes in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and widths, and since it can be pulled off and repositioned, written on, and cut, it is easy to use and perfect for crafting beginners. Try covering a bunch of mini pumpkins with washi tape and putting them in a bowl – a cute, fun way to add fall color to your apartment.
Another inexpensive fall trick is to collect some clear bottles in a variety of sizes and shapes. Place them in a grouping on a side table or on the windowsill and add some decorative branches. Take the seashells out of the glass container on your coffee table and add popcorn kernels and a candle.
Warm up your apartment – literally – with drapes. Look for thermal-backed curtains. Not only do these save energy (and money!), they help block noise. Add them to your bedroom – they block light, as well.
Finally, don’t forget – fall is football season! If you plan to have get-togethers, make sure your kitchen is prepared for fall, as well – review your selection of serving platters, glassware, and baking supplies now so you’ll be prepared when it’s time to throw your first football party. If you’re a serious fan, incorporate your team colors and logo into your apartment decor.