|Scented candles create ambiance.|
With pumpkin-flavored offerings filling the shelves and leaves covering the roadway, it's clear that fall is officially in full swing. It's time for the holiday season to begin (how many more days until Halloween?), which also means you are going to be hosting your share of family gatherings. Of course, you could always just leave your home how it is, but the better option is to make a few tweaks to ensure your home radiates the warmth and love that autumn innately brings with it. Here's how to get started:
Change the Color Scheme
Few things play with emotions like colors do, which makes your color scheme the obvious first change. There are many hues that just make you feel cozy when you look at them. Think burnt orange, deep red, mustard yellow, and chocolate brown. Even a rich plum color can work. Just take a glance outside and those are the colors that you will want to incorporate in your home. Now choose three of them, and get to work.
|Warm fall colors have a cozy feel.|
When you have chosen the lucky hues you want to use in your home decor, make small changes, like new throw pillows or blankets (in thicker textures), a quick curtain replacement, or even dried leaves in rustic frames. It doesn't take much to make a big impact. However, if the budget allows, a fresh coat of paint or new area rug can really transform your home.
Update the Floral Arrangements
Now that the color scheme is up to par, it is your floral arrangements that need some attention. Luckily, there are many flowers that fit the bill perfectly. For example, orange gerbera daisies, sunflowers, or red chrysanthemums will all accent the new warm colors flawlessly. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can even put them in vases crafted from gourds or pumpkins. Use the arrangements as a centerpiece on your dining table, a welcoming addition to your foyer, or even on your porch.
|Sunflowers accent fall colors flawlessly.|
Set the Mood
Finally, it is time to really impress your guests, and you can do this by upping the ante on your home's sense appeal. Dim the lighting, take advantage of your fireplace (make sure to clean it thoroughly first), and never underestimate the power of smell. Scented candles in fall flavors--like apple, cinnamon, peppermint, or pumpkin--will all evoke the feelings of the season with ease.
By altering your color scheme, adding in appropriate floral arrangements, and appeasing the senses, you will add warmth to your home in record time. When your guests arrive, they will instantly feel welcome as they soak up the spirit of the season.
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