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Now that fall has arrived, we’ve started packing away our summer clothes and locating our weatherproof boots.

With the holidays right around the corner — along with the imminent arrival of guests who come with them — we need quick solutions for transitioning our homes’ design from summer to fall.

A quick and easy way to make the move to fall is to change out simple décor items such as pillows and throws.

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Deeper and warmer colors make a living room seem cozier and more welcoming during cooler months. If you have white sheets on your bed, try changing them out for a warmer beige set with a rich-colored throw at the foot of the bed.

The same goes for the living room.

This fall, experiment with colors like emerald green, mustard yellow, plum, brick red and rich blues. If you have a fairly neutral living room, brighten it up with a comforting throw.

Pair this with an interesting patterned pillow and you’ve created an inviting place to gather with friends and family.

Another quick change can be achieved with an interesting runner in your hallway or a seasonal rug over an existing carpet. This can add depth and visual interest. Try to stick to deeper shades in your color palette because rugs will likely be trampled upon by wet shoes.

This fall is all about deep colors, along with gold or silver accents for an extra pop.

Take down that brightly framed flower print and exchange it with a more monochromatic print or photo in a simple frame.

To liven up a living room, guest room or kitchen, have some fun with a display tray that shows off interesting seasonal trinkets (and organizes potential clutter).

One object to consider on a tray — or anywhere, for that matter — is a seasonal candle. Having a candle burning helps to make a room feel more intimate and creates a warm overall feeling.

A clever way to freshen your fall décor is to bring the outside in. Using natural wood, wood grain and bark as accents can reflect seasonal change inside.

One idea is to take a clear vase and wrap it with birch bark, then decorate it with branches and vines from the yard.

Or use hazelnut shells or walnuts as the base and fill the vase with an arrangement of leaves and twigs.

These accents help to create visually interesting pieces and refine your home’s seasonal style.

Fall is a great time to make a few updates to your home — not only to capture the change of season, but also to bring in new colors and design trends.

Your home should be one that reflects your style and makes you feel inspired.

Jennifer Myers, NWSID, is a principal at J. Myers & Associates, an interior design and marketing firm, and is a member of the New Home Council. “Market Matters” is the council’s weekly column offering insight into the housing market. For more information on homebuying, visit

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