Every season brings exciting changes. Summer is all about sun and surf, spring is garden blooms and green grass, winter is frosty mornings and snowmen, and fall is brilliant colors and hayrides. With summer rapidly coming to an end and autumn officially beginning on September 22, now is a great time to pack up your summer décor and bring a touch of fall to your apartment.
Along with the basket of apples on the kitchen table and the container of mums in the living room window, what else can you do to welcome the fall season? Well, according to Elle Décor, you can … add cats. Yes, cats – perhaps it is the popularity of "Grumpy Cat" or just the animal trend for decorating in general, but for some reason, cats are all the rage for fall 2013 decorating. Add a couple of cat-print throw pillows to your couch, hang a fun cat print over your fireplace, or take a photo of your own cat, take it to a local print shop to have it enlarged to poster-size, and frame it to hang over your couch.
Metals such as gold and bronze are popular, as well – spray paint a few gourds or pumpkins in bronze and gold metallic paint and place them in a clear vase for a cheap, easy fall update that's right in style. Browse flea markets, antique stores, and those ever-popular fall garage sales for bronze-base lamps, candlesticks, and vases. Mix old with new, and try to bring in a little touch of art deco – this decorating style of the 1930s and 1940s is very trendy right now. Don't go overboard – one mirrored end table or an art deco style poster is plenty.
Bold wallpaper in large floral, animal, and graphic prints is also hot for fall. Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean you can't take (some) advantage of this trend. But instead of adding it to the walls, use the wallpaper to line the back of a bookcase, frame a section of wallpaper and hang it in your entryway, or get the look on your walls by using decals – they come off easily and without damage to your walls.
Gold, bronze, and copper look great with pops of orange and red, so these two colors are also popular this season. To get the look in your apartment, add a velvety red throw to your couch, toss an orange pillow on a chair, or get the look naturally with orange pumpkins and gourds in a bowl. Not a fan of red and orange? Burgundy and emerald green are also popular colors this season.
Feathers are trendy for fall, so add a few peacock feathers to a vase in the living room or some elegant pheasant feathers in a bronze urn as a centerpiece for your dining room table. Frame unique feathers and hang them in a grouping, or look for a feather print in fabrics for your bedspread, curtains, or decorative towels.
Don't forget to look around outside. Natural elements such as wood and stone are still very popular, and fall is a great time to bring some of the outdoors in. A fallen branch left natural or spray-painted metallic gold (or even soft pink or emerald green) will look great on your coffee table with a few scattered fall leaves. If you find some branches with the leaves still attached and you'd like them to last for a while, add about a half a teaspoon of pure vegetable glycerin to a vase of water. Stir before adding the branches. The glycerin in the water will keep the leaves from falling off and will help them retain their color. Change the water/glycerin mixture once a week. Be sure to keep the glycerin (and the glycerin/water mixture) out of reach of children and pets.
Finally, let the natural fall colors inspire you! Choose your favorite shades of the season, from the deep rusts to the brilliant reds to the rich plums. Keep your fabrics and pillows rich, plush, and velvety – it's time to pack away the lightweight linens of summer, the baskets of seashells, and summery throws. Store them in a trunk or on shelf where they are out of the way but still accessible – because summer will roll around again soon enough.