Here at Fireside Furniture, we’re ready to say: it’s time to break free from your summer daze.
Fall is arguably just as popular as its sunny predecessor, especially here in New Jersey. The crisp weather, warm drinks, and cozy sweaters are infamous for getting everyone in the mood to move on. But perhaps the most appealing fall factor is how it brings the family back together in the home again.
Events like returning to school and Thanksgiving are just a few excuses for families to regroup and connect. You’d be surprised at the importance of prepping your house for fall and adding those finishing touches. A little goes a long way when everyone gathers, celebrates, and enjoys home comfort.
So in this article, the home design and furniture experts at Fireside Furniture in New Jersey are talking about decor changes, as well as some practical grunt work. But if you don’t know where to start, don’t fret. We’ve created a list so you’ll know what to do.
Let’s get to it!
Pay Special Attention to the Dining Room
The dining room is the grandest and most inviting room in your home. This is where your hospitality will shine, and the setup needs to be functional and comfortable.
First, add texture. Texture adds comforting layers and makes the room less echoey and hollow by absorbing sound. We’re talking thick draperies and upholstered seating for your dining chairs.
You can also invest in new furniture for storing dishes and serving delightful dinners. Try sideboards, huntboards, and credenzas. Also, find a concealed storage option, so your dining room doesn’t look too cluttered.
Invest in benches and extra seating to ensure the whole family has room to relax. Opt for upholstered seating with fall colors or patterns that match your scheme.
And lastly, you may need a new extension dining table to accommodate guests. These are exceptionally useful because you can adjust the table size again when summer rolls around.
Say Goodbye to Your Air Conditioner
It’s daunting, but you must eliminate all the AC window units scattered throughout the home.
Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions when you remove the units. You have to ensure the outside cold air doesn’t get in and protect the units from damage so you can use them next year.
If you have a whole home AC unit, you can power it down from the breaker in your home’s electrical panel.
…And Say Hello to Your Fireplace
There are different steps to prepping this toasty feature. It also depends on the type of fireplace you have.
If you have an electric fireplace, open the glass doors, dust thoroughly, and vacuum the vents. Clean the doors with glass cleaner, and wipe down the fireplace walls. Now it should be good to go!
Wood-burning fireplaces are a little more work. Make sure you remove old wood, and then the andirons and grate. Now you can clean out the excess ash and debris and scrub the inside of the fireplace with a bristle brush.
When all the pieces dry, it’s safe to put them together. To go the extra mile, have a professional assess the current condition of your chimney.
Spruce up the Bedroom
You may want to switch from a minimalist, cool summer vibe to a snuggly, cozy atmosphere — perfect for tea sipping and reading.
Like your dining room, you want to think about texture for the fall. Extra blankets, knit throws, quilts, and more pillows are some ways you can make your bed look like heaven. Try faux sheepskins, chunky wools, and chenille yarn if you aren’t sure what fabrics to hunt for.
Check out new bed frames and headboards if you want to add a warm, rustic touch to the bedroom. Look for furniture with solid wood finishing to bring the harvest-time feel.
Take Care of the Practical
Sadly, we do have to discuss some menial work.
Amid your decor changes, you should carefully ensure your home is in order. These tasks are necessary for everyone’s comfort and to prevent costly repairs.
Here are some practical fall chores:
- Clean the gutters
- Rake the leaves
- Make sure the thermostat and furnace are in working order
- Secure your patio furniture
- Turn off outside faucets
- Consider indoor weatherstripping if it’s drafty
- Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Enjoy Some DIY Projects
For the creatives out there, fall can be a huge source of inspiration.
This is a time to make your own centerpiece for the dining room, or explore other crafts like falling leaves, butternut squash vases, or your own homemade potpourri!
And don’t assume that crafty = tacky. If you know what you’re doing, your guests will assume these special touches came from a high-end store.
Consider a Color Scheme Change
Painting can be a great hobby and a fun way to change your home’s vibe to match seasonality. You can also play with fall color schemes by changing furniture, getting new artwork, and playing with accents.
But what colors scream “fall?” Olive green, burnt orange, deep red, yellow ochre and deep brown are always popular. To make a successful color transition, ensure you know what colors go together before making any changes.
Add Some New Furniture Pieces To The Home
The fall is also a great opportunity to add some new furniture pieces to your home, and in this area, Fireside Furniture has got you covered. Come visit our massive showroom on Route 23 in Pompton Plains to see all that we have available for you.