The time of year when you switch from iced coffee to piping hot signals it’s time to update your home to fit the season, too. Here, five local designers share their favorite ways to transition your decor from summer to fall.
“Throw pillows in rich colors and cozy fabrics are a perfect way to prepare your home for the change of seasons. Adding a luxe, cashmere throw blanket, accessorizing with dark, antique books, and lighting a woodsy candle can really make a room the perfect spot to watch a movie on a cold autumn evening. Of course, lighting a fire with real wood always says fall has arrived to us!” jamesthomas,2401 W. Ohio St., 312-738-7300
"For me, fall is all about getting cozy and layering. Just like your wardrobe, I make a shift from linen to wool, from light and bright to darker and sultrier. I always trade out my bedding in the fall to bring in richer colors, darker tones, and heavier fabrics. Light a couple of candles or turn on the fire and the room goes from fun and airy to a love den for cozying up all winter long!" Summer Thornton Design, 826 W. Armitage Ave., #3, 773-360-8442
"It goes beyond decorating and is really about getting your house ready for the colder weather as we spend more time indoors. This is a time to stock up on wood for the fireplace and edit your bar by swapping out the Pinot and vodka for bourbon and Bordeaux. Because this is also a time for gathering with friends and family, I like to layer in items that make guests feel comfortable, including heavier wool blankets or throws in autumnal tones like burnt orange or rich chocolate. Considering the days are shorter and the quality of light gets cooler at this time of year, warmer lighting is comforting—put the LEDs in the drawers for spring! In our home, we also swap out pillows and bedding, [making] sure our overnight guests have heavy comforters and soft cotton flannel sheets. Adding an assortment of teas and books for cool mornings is also a nice touch.” Frank Ponterio,500 N. Wells St., #3, 312-464-1133; 1450 W. Old Mill Road, 847-234-5704
“The fall season calls for texture and warmth in your home. This can be difficult with soft palettes, such as those in bedrooms. Adding a grasscloth to your walls brings a warm, cozy feel to the room. Layering textures with throws and additional linens brings weight to the space.” Kim Scodro Interiors, 303 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Ste. 1130, 312-925-8023