Easy Ideas to Add Seasonal Warmth to your Room

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Pick the Right Pillows 

A room isn’t done without pillows. Choose pillows in warm colors made of a soft down mix so they’re comfortable to lean into. 
Designer Carla Lane, Los Angeles.

Create a Hide-a-Way 

I always tell clients that you can’t control the outside world but you can create a world on the inside of your home that is good to you. In the fall, when you’ll be spending more time indoors, it’s important to carve out a corner for yourself. Maybe it’s a tabletop in the corner of your living room or in your bedroom. Fill a bulletin board with images of things you love: photos and mementos from trips, ticket stubs from a great show, cherished letters. Small collections of shells, rocks, and candles are simple things that are good for your soul. 
Designer Stephen Saint-Onge, New York City.

Add a Layer of Texture 

Anything with texture adds dimension. Nubby fabrics and textured wool area rugs make a room cozy. 
Designer Patricia Gaylor, Little Falls, New Jersey

Make it Your Own 

Warmth can also come from personalization. Displaying a collection or hanging family photos in unusual frames — anything that gives a room your personal touch — is meaningful. 
Designer Patricia Gaylor, Little Falls, New Jersey.

Sprinkle on Spicy Colors 

Reds, burgundies, or golds instantly transform a plain room. You don’t have to paint the walls; you can add these tones in the drapes, furniture, pillows, rugs, or art. 
Designer Patricia Gaylor, Little Falls, New Jersey.

Cover Those Windows 

Drapes warm up a space. If you currently have wood blinds or mini-blinds, consider changing those for a fabric Roman shade, or even better, add floor-to-ceiling drapes. The fabric softens the room and adds glamour. 
Designer Erinn Valencich, Los Angeles.

Think Accessories 

It’s all in the accessories. If a room is empty, it’s going to feel cold and unwelcoming. Style every table with personalized vignettes: Choose a few special items, keeping in mind that contrasts in shape and texture work best. I always look for funky, slightly off-the-wall pieces at antiques stores and flea markets. These have the most personality and are conversation-starters when put on display. 
Designer Erinn Valencich, Los Angeles.

Light Up 

Candles bring mood and character to a space. To avoid the risk of fire, try battery-operated flameless candles (look for versions made with real wax); they emit a nice warm glow. 
Designer Patricia Gaylor, Little Falls, New Jersey.

Go the Extra Mile 

Place a luxurious throw over a chair or a couch. I always include a high-quality throw in all my clients’ family rooms. 
Designer Carla Lane, Los Angeles