10 Ways to Make Your Apartment Cozy for the Fall

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Sydney Smith

The leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and everyone is flocking to their nearest Starbucks to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte which can only mean one thing... It’s officially fall y’all! 

In honor of its long awaited return, we’ve provided some tips for making your apartment more cozy for the fall season.

1. Bring on the Blankets

Blankets are a must for a cozy fall season. I mean, what’s better than snuggling up with  some takeout and movies for a night in! 

They can serve both a fashionable and functional purpose by making your space both look and feel more cozy. We recommend incorporating a variety of styles, materials, and colors to spice it up a little!

For example, some of our personal favorites are chunky knit and faux fur blankets.  The chunky knit is heavier material, adding comfort without getting overheated. On the other hand, faux fur blankets are typically not as heavy, super soft, and add a touch of sophistication to the space.

one way to make your apartment cozy for the fall is to get cozy blankets. This image shows 5 blankets folded n top of one another and they are sitting on top of a brown leather couch cushion.

2. Toss in Some New Pillows

Decorative throw pillows are an easy way to simultaneously add interest and comfort to a space! 

Getting pillows in a variety of shapes and colors will add visual interest to the space and make the space look more homey!

However, we recommend avoiding decorative pillows made out of uncomfortable materials such as beeding. While they are super fashionable, they do not create a cozy environment and typically just end up on the floor. 

Pillows made of materials such as cotton, faux fur, or wool are better suited when making your apartment cozier for the fall!

cozy apartment throw pillows

3. Revamp Your Bedding

During the fall months there is nothing better than snuggling up in bed!

To make your bed extra cozy for the cold weather, we recommend switching up your bedding. To keep yourself warmer at night, you can get sheets in a heavier material such as flannel or try adding a blanket between your sheets and comforter. 

You can also put a duvet cover over your current comforter if you are looking for a more visible change to your current bedding. This is also a great way to incorporate some fall colors into your bedroom to make it more festive!

Pro Tip: Invest in a weighted blanket ASAP!

Weighted blankets are perfect for the colder months providing next level comfort and warmth. They are also great for anxiety, which is typically more prominent during the colder and gloomy seasons.

4. Introduce Some Warmer Hues

Adding warm colors and earth tones into your room decor, such as blankets, pillows, and rugs are a great way to make your space look and feel more relaxing.

Warm colors are defined as colors in the red-orange-yellow family, while earth tones are considered “any color containing some brown” or “natural colors.” Some of our favorite fall hues are terracotta, dark amber, dusty rose, dark plum, and maroon.

When selecting the colors for your space, whether it be wall colors or decor, it is important to keep the dimensions of your space in mind. For example, if you are looking to make a larger space feel more cozy, consider selecting darker hues which have a tendency to make a space look smaller. On the other hand, if you are working with a smaller space it could be more beneficial to rely on lighter hues to maximize your space!

5. Roll Out the Cozy Rugs

Rugs are an excellent way to add an extra layer of comfort this season, especially if you have hardwood floors and cold toes! A good area rug can serve as a nice accent to bring in some extra color and texture! For the fall, we recommend looking into rugs made of softer materials such as wool or thick cotton to help insulate your floors and keep your feet warmer! 

P.S. If you have a larger room with an echo, adding a rug can help absorb some of the sound, making it feel more homey!

6. Switch Up the Lighting

Lighting plays a vital role in the ambiance of your apartment. In order to avoid having your apartment appear sterile, try incorporating lighting that utilizes warmer temperature colors, such as lighting options in the 2000K-3500K range. 

When looking at lighting for your space, it is important to keep in mind what the space is used for. For example, you can use light bulbs in the 2700K color temperature in living rooms and bedrooms to create a cozy atmosphere. However, the same color temperature may not be as suitable for rooms you complete tasks in and require brighter lighting.

In work spaces, consider having cooler color temperature bulbs (4100K-5000K) for overhead lighting to utilize during productive parts of your day. For times when you want a more relaxed environment, incorporate lamps with warmer bulbs.

7. Fall Aromas are Essential

Did you know research has shown that smells have some of the strongest connections to your hippocampus and amygdala, the emotional and memory centers of the brain? This is why seasonal scents often feel so comforting that they invoke a feeling of nostalgia. 

Candles work wonders with regards to adding scent, warmth, and ambiance to a space. There are a variety of autumnal scents to help you get into the fall spirit, with some of our favorites being White Pumpkin, Sweater Weather, and Leaves

However, if you are not a fan of candles, there are a variety of other ways to incorporate a fall scent into your apartment. Instead, try using a  fragrant wall plug, putting an essential oil blend in your diffuser, making a simmer pot, or decorating with some fall potpourri!

8. Change Up the Drapes

For the summer months it is important to have light drapes that allow airflow to combat the heat. However, as fall progresses and the temperature begins to drop, we recommend switching to heavier curtains made out of materials such as polyester, velvet, tweed, tapestry, denim, or suede.

Curtains made out of such materials provide many benefits in the fall and winter months such as control of temperature, sound, and light. Thicker curtains can help prevent drafts from your windows making it easier to keep your space warm as the cold fronts move in. They also have the unique ability to absorb sound, which eliminates echoes, making a space feel inherently more comfortable.

9. Bring the Outdoors In

Plants and flowers aren’t just pretty decorations, they can also have significant health benefits as well! In fact, research has shown that plants can help reduce stress levels, boost productivity, and improve indoor air quality. Since people don’t typically spend as much time outdoors during the colder seasons, getting some plants is a great way to bring the outdoors in, making  your apartment a happy home! 

When looking into houseplants, keeping in mind the season and the natural light in your apartment is crucial. Hardy plants such as Snake Plants, Pothos, or Philodendrons tend to do best during the fall season! All three options are very low maintenance and are even manageable for people like me that do not have a green thumb! 

P.S.  If the idea of becoming a plant parent seems daunting, you can always opt for some faux plants or fresh cut flowers to add some extra color to your place!

10. Decorate for the Season

Last but not least, it's time to pull out the decorations! There is so much you can do to decorate your apartment for fall, whether you're getting spooky for Halloween or just adding some simple fall touches. Some easy ways to incorporate seasonal decor are with things like wreaths, dish towels, pillows, and of course some pumpkins. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just something that makes you happy and feel at home.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is also a great time to incorporate more pictures of family and friends to remind you of your loved ones!

Check out some of our pictures below for design inspo!

As you can see there are so many easy ways to make your apartment look and feel more cozy for the fall. 

If you’re in the market for a new apartment, be sure to take a look at some of our properties available for rent! You can also contact our leasing agents at 412-567-1324 for more information.

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