Autumn is known for its vibrant leaves, crisp air and fun events. However, you don't have to stroll through the city of Loveland to enjoy the sights and scents of this popular season. As the weather cools down in Colorado, you can create a festive fall retreat in your own apartment. Here are some simple ways to accent a small space with beautiful autumn decor.
Throw pillows, though small and inexpensive, can change the look of your apartment in mere minutes. Swap the pillows on your couch with ones covered in rich, bold hues that remind you of fall foliage, such as red, orange or gold pillows. Displaying throw pillows with pumpkins, cornucopias or gourds is another option.
If you enjoy Halloween or have grandchildren who do, consider finding pillows with friendly ghosts or smiling black cats. You can also change the throw pillows on chairs, chaises or your bed for a fun fall look. Buying pillows in different shapes and sizes keeps your seasonal decor unique, so go ahead and say yes to that plush pumpkin-shaped pillow.
Like throw pillows, festive blankets can lend a pop of fall color to your apartment. If you quilt or crochet, you can even make a decorative blanket yourself. Choose a soft, fuzzy blanket in red or orange, or opt for a covering with pumpkins, gourds or leaves.
These colorful blankets are visually appealing, but they're also perfect for cozying up on your couch on chilly autumn evenings. You may want to keep several on hand in case you have visitors.
When space is limited, countertops and tables can quickly become cluttered. That's why many seniors enhance their apartments with floor decor, such as wooden signs or tall, slender vases. If you're shopping for a wooden sign, look for one that's taller than it is wide. Search for signs with phrases such as "Fall Is Here" or "Welcome Autumn."
Tall vases can hold faux leaves and sticks while taking up minimal space in your apartment. If you find a weather-resistant display, you can set your vase inside or outside. A plastic pumpkin is another classic option for seniors interested in floor decor.
Inhale the sweet scent of apple pie or pumpkin spice coffee each time you light a fall candle. Set a candle on your kitchen table while you prepare a quick snack, or place one in the living room as you read or knit.
Many candles have strong scents, so you may not even need to light yours to experience pleasant fall aromas. Unlit candles can freshen up a bathroom or other small area while also lending a hint of color.
And if you're decking your assisted living apartment, you may not be able to use a real-flame candle for safety reasons. That doesn't mean you can't have the gorgeous flicker of candlelight; opt for a fun LED option instead.
Candles can quickly infuse your apartment with familiar fall scents, but some seniors prefer flame-free decorations. If you can relate, look for autumn-inspired decor that smells like cinnamon or a campfire. Once crisp air makes an appearance in Loveland, some stores offer cinnamon-scented pinecones and acorns. You may even find a decorative fall wreath that smells like cloves or pumpkin pie.
Prefer to make your own decorations? You can tie a few cinnamon sticks together with a red ribbon for a quick, budget-friendly decoration. Dried orange peels and cinnamon sticks nestled in a clear vase or jar are another option. You can add faux fall leaves, twigs or acorns to your clear container, even if they are unscented.
A bold bouquet can brighten your apartment, but it can also boost your mood. Flowers also project positive vibes when guests stop by to visit. Make friends and family feel welcome by placing flowers near your front door or on a living room table.
Sunflowers, mums and asters are a few options for a fall bouquet. You can make your own with fresh flowers from the grocery store or florist, or you can create a custom bouquet with faux flowers. Consider wrapping a festive ribbon or bow around your vase for an extra touch.
The kitchen is often overlooked when people decorate, but it's a great place for autumn-inspired decor. Replace your table runner or tablecloth with a fall-themed covering, or swap your regular cloth napkins for ones in fall hues. You can also upgrade your regular cups, plates or bowls with decorative pieces.
Hang a picture of your grandkids in their Halloween costumes or fall attire on your wall, or set a standing frame in the middle of the table. You can also hang pumpkin magnets on your fridge or set tiny pumpkins in a bowl in the center of your table.
Expressing yourself is important, and many residents at the Park Regency assisted living community in Loveland enjoy decorating for different seasons and holidays. Learn more about our close-knit community by scheduling a visit for yourself or a loved one at your convenience. We look forward to connecting with you!