As it starts to cool down at most colleges, it's time to transition from ocean vibes and bright skies to the smell of pumpkin spice and light breezes. Adding a few fall touches to your dorm or apartment can make you feel ready for the upcoming holiday season and keep your space cheery as it starts to get dark outside!
Here are some tips on how to decorate your dorm room or apartment for fall:
As October progresses and eventually November hits, the days are going to get shorter and shorter. A big artificial light shining in your face will probably get annoying after a while so try to enhance the natural atmosphere with tea lights or lanterns. Lanterns are especially perfect for fall and can be found in cute, rustic hues. If you light these up as mini candles they resemble the flames of a fireplace or outdoor camping trip, which can add some woodsy flair.
Thick blankets are perfect for winter, but stock up early for those days when it's strangely cold and rainy and you just want to stay in and watch a movie. You can find great woolen blankets that will last for a while, or just some fluffier throws from a store like Target or IKEA. My favorite fall pattern is plaid, but mix it up with darker colors and patterns like stripes and polka dots.
Product Recommendation: This throw blanket from Bed Bath & Beyond is a fave of mine.
Faux fur is inexpensive and ultra-cozy. Faux fur rugs are great because they are plush and easy to walk on, but also add a luxurious touch to your apartment without harming any animals! You can get faux fur pillows for some coziness on your bed or couch too.
Seasonal Fruit Centerpieces
This one is fun to make. Grab a basket, similar to a picnic basket if you have one, and fill it with your fruit or veggie of choice. Pumpkins and peppers work really well here because they don't go bad for a while. These can add a home-y touch to your apartment because they bring the kitchen/home-cooked meal into the rest of your space. You can also use a glass bowl if you don't have a basket -- plus, you'll save kitchen space by reallocating these items!
Product Recommendation: You can find a gorgeous picnic basket here.
Summer is perfect for outdoor picnics and barbecues, but fall is about gathering your friends and family round the table for some close-knit dinner and conversation. To bring a bare table into the spirit of the season, find a seasonal table cover to layer over. Not only will you avoid ruining the table itself as people come over and you cook meals, but you'll add a new pattern to your dining area.
What do you think?
What are your favorite fall decorations? Do you change your decor depending on the season? Let me know in the comments!