Autumn has arrived, and the season isn’t the only thing changing. With a few subtle alterations, you can transform your home (subtly or with grandeur) and enjoy fall in style. While summer décor captured an easy-breezy feel, the new season is all about creating a grounding effect with architectural shapes and heavier materials. It’s only natural, since we tend to “nest” while the temperatures slowly drop.

The Natural World

Bring an organic and peaceful environment to your living space by using natural materials such as stone, copper, concrete and granite. Tables made from petrified wood, ornaments made from woven branches, a live edge natural wood stand, and wheat-pattern upholstery will help reflect the outside world around your home. Ceramic dinnerware or heavy hand-blown glass vases help shift focus from the busy tech world to a place of warmth and earthiness.

Texture

Think comfort and warmth, like ribbed or knitted throws and pillows, or a faux fur ivory rug. Velvet can make a luxurious yet approachable statement on any piece of furniture.  Swaddle your sofa in purple or navy velvet, and layer chunky, knit pillows and faux fur throws. Play with different textural combinations to create an atmosphere that is stylish and cozy.

Blush

Splash this dusty hue everywhere, from upholstery to rugs. It’s believed that pink has a relaxing effect, and the flattering glow it casts is perfect for cool fall nights. Choose an old-fashioned pink this season, instead of the usual rusty tones that show up this time of year. Pink adds warmth and color, and works well with organic and metallic elements. Pink velvet makes a statement –  or try florals in pinks and greys for a more understated look.

Floral Prints & Botanicals

Bringing the outside in is a great way to feel nature around you. One lovely trend for autumn is floral print, such as flowery designs on cushions and bedding. Fall garlands and wreaths are always a great way to dress up your entrance or hallway. The use of twigs, leaves and eucalyptus is a hot style this time of year. Real or faux botanicals add color and texture, and they are a refreshing addition to any décor. Start small, by adding a succulent or air plant in a handmade ceramic pot. Or think big with a fiddle leaf fig tree in a weighty floor planter.

Some trends that are carrying over from summer are bold, geometric designs, mix-and-match furniture, 70’s chic and lots of color. It can be expensive to redecorate your living space for every season. Choose one focal piece, like a sofa, and drape it in different fabrics for the season. Choose colorful throw pillows, and don’t be afraid of daring patterns. Most of all, make it about you! Creating your nest this fall can be one of the most nurturing things you can do for yourself.