5 Seasonal Design Tips to Prep Your Clients for Fall

The weather has already turned. It’s the time of year when your clients ask you for easy ways to transition the home for autumn without breaking the bank. Here are five recommendations to offer your clients without billing for your time 😉


Switch out the summer floral candles with a scent suited for the cooler weather, bringing in notes of vanilla, spicy cardamom, white tea and musk, jasmine and birch, or orange and clove to make any room instantly feel warmer. Let it burn.

Fall Candles

1. Redwood / Den Candle, $60.00

2. Le Feu Vert / Fig Candle, $62.00

3. Feu de Bois “Gris” / “Grey” Wood Fire, $90

Throw Back

Take out the extra blankets and throws that have been stored away during the summer months. Display on a wall ladder, drape across furniture, or stack on a wooden chair for a pretty and cozy look. Dare to be bold when it comes to color and texture, whether it be deep autumn shades or faux fur. 

West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw - Mocha

West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw – Mocha, $89.00

Layers on Layers

Layering rugs in focal areas of the home, such as the entryway, living room, or bedroom is an easy way to make a space feel put together. As ELLE Decor‘s Lindsey Nelson explains, “versatile sisal matting often provides the perfect neutral background, but don’t be afraid to pile on patterns, textures, and colors.” Materials such as wool and thick weaves stay extra toasty on chilly mornings.

Layering Rugs by Lonny

Photo by Lonny

Embracing Hygge 

Show off your knowledge of “hygge” (pronounced “hooga”), the Danish art of getting cozy. There’s nothing more hygge than snuggling up with a great book and a warm cup of tea in a personal nook. Re-arrange some pieces to create a reading and napping area to relax and stay warm. As Eleanor Busing of Apartment Therapy explains, “the best reading nooks are full to overflowing with cushions and throws”, so create a space that feels tranquil by adding layers of your clients favorite things, such as throws, pillows, games and a stack of great books.

Reading Nook Country Living

Photo by Country Living

Autumn Accents

Bring out the fall decorations and show some love to the fireplace and dining room table. Place pieces such as lanterns, apples, or personal items like books and photos of summer family vacations. This will not only make the home feel warmer, but also inspire your client to spend more time around the table with family and friends. As Kelsey Kloss suggests in ELLE Decor, “to reflect the harvests of the season, feel free to get bountiful with your centerpiece design by allowing the center of the table to overflow with fruits, vegetables, leaves, candles and flowers.”

Fall Dining Room Table Elle Decor

Photo by ELLE Decor

What are your transition-to-fall design tips? Feel free to share in the comments!