As summer turns to fall, use these simple ideas to ease into the crisp temperatures and falling leaves. A neutral palette and simple decorative elements will help you keep the best of both seasons in your home with timeless style.

By Clean Mama
Updated: February 17, 2017

1. Add Soft Whites

One of the benefits of a neutral palette is that it makes it easier to transition from one season to the next. Decorating in white, cream, and ivory provides the perfect backdrop for adding decorative accents. If you don't have a neutral color scheme or prefer a little more color, simply decorate seasonally with neutral colors. Use white and cream elements to decorate a more colorful background.

2. Layer Textured Decor

Bring the fall feeling into your home by layering textures. Keep the additions minimal and you can easily add and subtract elements to achieve the look you want. A throw blanket on the foot of a bed can add just the right amount of warmth and invoke a cozy fall feeling without going overboard.

3. Include Natural Elements

One of the best ways to incorporate decorative fall touches is to feature natural elements. Decorate with apples, pumpkins, leaves, branches, acorns, and gourds. Natural elements bring in just the right amount of fall and they're also easy on the budget. If you want to keep your decor neutral, use a white or tan color scheme to unify a space. Liz Marie Galvan of Liz Marie Blog used white pumpkins on and under her coffee table to create a beautiful tablescape that whispers fall but doesn't shout it in shades of orange.

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4. Switch Out Fabrics

An easy way to transition from fall to spring is to switch out cotton fabrics for velvets, knits, and softer materials on pillow cases, draperies, throw blankets, and rugs. These fabrics will make you want to get cozy while exuding that warm and welcoming feeling that we associate with fall. It's also a great time to change up your accent colors to keep your decorating scheme interesting.

5. Incorporate a Fall Wreath

If you want to ease into fall gently and don't want to do much redecorating, a simple fall wreath with natural elements is a great way to move from summer to fall. Acorns, leaves, mini pumpkins, and wheat are all wreath ideas that can span from late summer to late fall.

6. Add Soft Light

As the nights get shorter, gather up your candles and create a little fall ambiance. Put small candles in Mason jars on a tray for a simple and effective centerpiece. Keep your decor simple, use neutral colors, and add elements slowly and your fall decor can easily last through late fall.

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