In today’s post: If you enjoy creating a warm fall home, you will love these 8 ideas for cozying up a French Country bedroom for fall.⇒
Do you still decorate for fall even after your kids have grown?
Decorating our home for fall has taken a somewhat different turn in recent years. In the past it was influenced by our kids’ excitement and revolved around showy outdoor pumpkin displays, a chorus of assorted mums and the occasional chunky bale of hay.
Add a few scarecrows in? All the better!
These days, however, with the kids grown and living on their own, I still enjoy seasonal styling, but it now adheres more closely to my personal aesthetic and pays far more attention to concept and function than merely tossing about a boatload of fallen leaves.
What I look at most as the seasons change is what I can do to make my home more gracious and comfortable to meet the needs of the upcoming season and the weather changes that inevitably come along with it.
As summer turns to fall, that means adding warmth, and what better place to start than cozying up the bedroom?
I no longer follow the obvious color palette of the season but instead add decor that matches my preferred tones. Yet there are plenty of ways to add a cozy autumn feel and today I’m sharing 8 ways to incorporate the season in a French Country bedroom.
Most of the year I keep a simple comforter on the bed, but as temperatures drop it’s fun to add a quilted coverlet, with floor length sides.
It has always bothered me that our bed frame cannot accommodate a bed skirt, but a brilliant flowing coverlet adds volumes of fabric from mattress to floor that dress the bed in a welcoming way.
It’s like adding draperies to an exposed window or silk tights to bare legs. A lovely quilted top magnifies the coziness, and in crisp white it’s in tune with our existing color palette.
A pretty tufted chair feels a bit cozier than the cane back one we often keep here in warmer weather. Upholstery has a way of adding lush warmth and we have these chairs sprinkled about the house.
(I’ve added a pair to the breakfast room which you can see in this post of my neutral fall tablescape.)
They’re so comfortable, I’m thinking of getting several more and doing the entire dining room with them.
On my bedside table I keep a few items for convenience, a clock, a lamp, and a small antique silver repousse box that holds my vitamins and pills.
I love to use beautiful objects for everyday routines and I had fun adding in a few craft pumpkins for autumn flair. They sit well with my elegant vintage pieces and gently hint at the season.
These white craft pumpkins are something I’m having real fun with this year. You can try a bowl full on a table for a slightly stronger statement.
Another nod to fall I added to this room is the trio of charming velvet pumpkins, above, in colors that work well with my decor. The berry tones are rich enough for fall, yet still coordinate with my floral linens.
Velvet, in general, is a fabric that oozes coziness, and the rich luster of the colors adds a beauty all its own.
Use a few scattered about or a full display of many you’ve collected over the years. I pull these out every year and each time find new ways to display them.
You can add all the pumpkins and other warm touches, but ultimately, nothing makes me happier than waking up to fresh flowers and keeping them next to the bed is a real treat! Even a white bouquet exudes a sense of warmth brought by all living things, or pick soft warm colors to drive the point home even further.
Along with fresh flowers, my very favorite cozy touch is a display of family photographs and I keep a selection atop a chest of drawers in our bedroom.
I’m crazy about gilt wood frames and I found the 2 beauties in the middle, below, on a ski trip to Megève, France. The tone of the gilding adds its own warmth and I love the ornate curves of the French designs.
Full disclosure: I don’t ski (terrified of heights!) I shop while the rest of the family skis, hence the frames… 😉
Teapots and Teacups
What could be cozier than a steaming cup of tea?
I’m a huge fan of teacups and teapots and they are scattered around the house, but in the fall you’ll actually see me use them and they add a very homey note to a room.
I collect china cups and silver tea sets and use them as flower vases when not serving tea.
Wool Throw Blanket
A soft woolen blanket is another warm touch, thrown over a chair or almost anywhere else in the space.
A lightweight throw in a pretty jewel tone works well for this room, but a heavier throw in a lovely plaid could be all the more cozy. I use throws throughout our home!
Of course you can still use bales of hay and bright orange pumpkins. But in my French-inspired rooms I prefer a softer touch.
And maybe someday there will be grandchildren in our lives and the stoop will once again host a family of scarecrows and a trail of candy corn!
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