There's a chill in the night air, and your summertime embellishments are as appropriate as a Christmas tree in July. To help get your home...

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There’s a chill in the night air, and your summertime embellishments are as appropriate as a Christmas tree in July.

To help get your home decorated for the fall and winter, Robin Brechbuhler, of Brechbuhler Interior Designs in North Canton, Ohio, has some suggestions.

Minimal changes

• Move the furniture. That can give your home a whole new look. Pay attention to where the heating vents are when rearranging your room.

• Place new toss pillows on chairs, sofas, beds and any other place. They are an economical way to change your room.

• Flop a blanket, or throw, over a chair or sofa. It will add color and texture to the room. While chenille throws are soft and cozy, those with metallic threads are generally more showy than functional.

• For a centerpiece, fill a glass bowl with acorns, pine cones and greenery.

• Brechbuhler is an advocate of silk flowers — provided they look so real, you have to touch them to know for sure. So spruce up a room with fall colors, or reds and greens at Christmas.

• Mums come in a variety of colors — purple, yellow, white and burnt orange, to name a few. Use them to decorate indoors and out.

• Change place mats and throw rugs to reflect the season or holiday.

• Replace the shades on your lamps or chandelier.

Higher-cost changes

Some changes can cost a bit more and take a bit more time:

• Paint the walls a different color. Remember, if you use a color other than a neutral shade, it can limit you.

• Buy dishware for the summer and something different for the winter.

• Change the artwork on your walls. Try something with a wintry scene.

Finally, Brechbuhler suggests decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. The holidays are a busy time, and waiting to bedeck your home can cause unnecessary tension during what can be a stressful time of year.