Unique DIY Ways to Cozy Up Your Home This Fall

by Alex ThatcherOctober 3, 2018

How to Make Your Home More Comfortable This Fall and Winter

Every season causes us to feel and want certain things, and fall is no exception. Fall is the season where we want to start introducing cozier accents and décor in the home, because after a summer of heat, sun, and outdoor activities, fall’s chilly nights and cool days leave us wanting to embrace comfort to the fullest.

The problem is, decorating your home for fall can get expensive if you rely on getting your items from local or online retailers. Therefore, we encourage the DIY approach to adding comfort to your home in the autumn months. If you’re unsure how to bring cozy elements into your home, here are ten unique ways to make your home cozier and more comfortable for fall and early winter.

cozy home decorations for fall

#1: Knit a Warm Blanket or Throw

Knitting your own blanket or throw is a rewarding project that not only provides your home with a comfortable and usable accent piece, but it also allows you to create a family heirloom to be passed on for generations. If you’re new to knitting, don’t worry; there are plenty of resources online that can teach you the basics. Knitting is easier than you think and once you get started, you’ll find it’s hard to put down.

#2: Arrange the Furniture Around the Fireplace

If your home has a fireplace, then moving the furniture in your family room so the pieces face the fireplace will provide your home with an old-world sense of comfort and togetherness. Instead of watching television, you and your family can sit by the fire on cold nights and share stories, read books, play games, or sip hot cocoa.

#3: Make Gourd Bowls

You can buy dry gourds from your local grocery store, farm, or anywhere you can buy pumpkins for Halloween. Gourds are a Thanksgiving décor staple, but they can also serve as wonderful fall accents for the home starting in the early part of the season.

cozy home decorations for fall

Making gourd bowls is easy and you can get as creative as you want. You can carve them, paint them, and fill them up with other fall-inspired items, like acorns, leaves, pine cones, or anything else you have in mind.

#4: Make Lined Curtains for Your Windows

Fall is when you remove the light and airy window treatments and replace them with heavier, lined drapery to keep out the encroaching chill. If you don’t have a pair of heavy drapes, don’t go out and buy them because they can be expensive and in truth, making lined curtains really isn’t that difficult. Best of all, you’re in control of your design and color palette, so the curtains you make will look perfect in your home.

#5: Make a Pumpkin Pie Potpourri

The scent of pumpkin pie is a popular one in the fall, thanks to its warm and spicy tones. And, making your own potpourri is an easy way to enjoy that scent all the time. All you need is a small pumpkin, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, and a tea light to add an all-natural pumpkin pie fragrance throughout your home.

#6: Paint Your Picture Frames Gold

Fall’s color scheme includes warm, natural tones. There’s a lot of reds, greens, yellows, browns, and golds. If you have silver-colored picture frames, you can paint them gold to replace the cold silver finish with something warmer. The gold will also reflect the lights in your home, adding warm tonal accents throughout.

#7: Use Area Rugs

If your family room isn’t carpeted, placing an area rug in it will add a layer of coziness and warmth. The floor will be less cold on the feet, and you can get the rug in a color or pattern that matches your fall theme.

#8: Decorate Your Table for the Season

Fall is a great time of year to bring the outdoors in, and nowhere in the home is a better place to show it off than your dining room table. Create a colorful, rustic centerpiece by using an old quilt for the tablecloth, or by serving your dinner dishes on wood cutting boards. The sky’s the limit when it comes to decorating your table for fall.

#9: Make Your Own Candles

The soft glow of a candle makes any room feel a little cozier. But, why spend so much money on designer candles when you can make your own candles? It’s cheaper, more enjoyable, and you can even color and fragrance them however you like, or you can leave them unscented and natural.

cozy home decorations for fall

#10: Turn Leaves Into Art

Raking leaves is a frequent task in the fall, but it can also provide you with plentiful resource for making art. When you’re raking, keep your eyes open for exceptionally beautiful leaves. Put them aside and you can make a piece of fall art for your walls. For instance, you can place the colorful leaves between panes of glass and frame it to make something unique and fall-inspired.

The above ten ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to introducing fall accents and cozy comfort to your home’s décor. Choose all or any and your home will feel cozier just in time for the cooler weather. And best of all, you’ll save a lot of money by doing everything yourself!

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.