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Dear Josh: How Can I Get My Home Ready for Fall?

Updated: 7 days ago

Dear Josh is our monthly interior design column driven by questions from our clients and followers! To submit your own question to us, click here.


What an amazing, and highly appropriate, question! We are always beyond thrilled at any chance to chat about interior design and fall in New England. If you're new here, first things first: We love all things fall at Joshua Allen Design! Maybe it's because our founder/lead designer Josh is a New England transplant (just ask our marketing manager Erica about the time she explained a "regular coffee" to him) but we think there's just something special about the gorgeous foliage and changing of the seasons that we get to witness each year. Everyone at JAD agrees.


It's one of our favorite seasons to decorate for, because of all the opportunities for extra texture, warmth, and the inclusion of rich burnished fall colors. Here are some of our best and easiest tips to get your interiors looking fall ready.

Warm up your color palette. Fall is the perfect time to bring warm, inviting colors into your home. Think: rich orange, goldenrod yellow, deep jewel tones, and tawny browns. You can add these colors by experimenting with throw pillows, blankets, rugs, artwork, and even fresh floral arrangements.


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Add cozy textures. Another great way to warm up your home for fall is to add cozy textures. This could include things like plush throw blankets, velvet pillows, and woven baskets. Adding or layering in an area rug will work literal miracles to cozy up your space. Another great way to add texture is to accent with a lightly textured wallpaper or wood paneling.


Experiment with Organic Design. One of the best things about fall is the beautiful foliage. You can bring the outdoors in by adding fresh flowers, branches, twigs, and leaves to your décor, or use them in bouquets to create a simple yet elegant rustic centerpiece. You can also display pumpkins, gourds, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables, buy them right at the grocery store!


Create a warm and inviting glow. Candles are a great way to create a warm and inviting glow in your home. Lanterns, and table lamps will add a wonderful soft lighting to your space. Add a sparkling touch of light with string lights, if you enjoy whimsical elements in your interior design.


Add personal touches. The best way to make your home feel warm and inviting is to make it feel like yours. This can be done by including things like family photos, artwork, and souvenirs from your travels. You can also add your own personality to your décor through things like your choice of furniture, paint colors, and accessories. There are so many options out there, you can mix and match different styles to create a cohesive transitional style that's totally your own!


Here are some additional interior designer tips to create fall magic:

  • Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns and colors. Fall is a great time to experiment with your décor, since multiple layers of blankets, throw pillows etc. can feel cozy this time of year rather than overwhelming. Try mixing and matching different patterns and colors to create a unique and personal look!

  • Don't forget the details. The little details can make a big difference when it comes to fall decorating. Try adding things like seasonal scented candles, fall-themed doormats, and festive garlands to your home. Another pro tip that never fails: if you're hosting, pop a fall themed movie on the tv and mute it for extra "zhuzh" in the background.

  • Don't overdo it. It's important to strike a balance when it comes to fall decorating. You don't want to overload your space with too many fall-themed items. Instead, focus on adding a few key pieces that will work with your existing decorations to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

With these simple tips, you can easily get your interiors ready for fall! If you still need help, send us a message here. Wondering why these words (burnished, organic design, whimsical, interior designer, tawny, rustic, transitional, decor, goldenrod) are underlined? Send us a message on social media and we'll fill you in! 😉


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