10 Ways to Cozy Up Your Bedroom for Fall

10 ways to create a cozier bedroom this Fall

When the temperature drops, our nesting instincts kick into overdrive — and the bedroom becomes ground zero for hibernation mode. Now’s the time to layer on the cozy comforts of fall for snuggle-up warmth you can enjoy all winter long.

To give you inspiration, we designed three different looks starting with basic all-white bedding. Below, we walk you through each look and share our 10 best tips for creating a cozy bedroom.

10 ways to create a cozier bedroom this Fall

Rustic Bedroom in Cranberry

There’s nothing quite like an all-white bed in summer. It also makes for a great neutral base for fall layering — just add in a few bold tones to warm up your look. The Annabel Quilt is a lovely, if not unexpected, companion to our Cassis Matelasse Quilt.

1. Nostalgic or Heirloom Pieces

Old, sentimental pieces are a natural way bring in that warm, cozy feel to your space in the cooler months.We love the way patchwork quilts instantly evoke a nostalgic feeling of bygone days and a slower pace. So if you have one of your grandmother’s quilts or a hand-made gem from a flea market, throw it on! The Found Pizza Paddles, hung above the bed, become instant art and add a sense of homeyness.

10 ways to create a cozier bedroom this Fall

2. Warm Colors

Colors are one of your best tools for creating a mood. Warmer tones, like reds, golds and oranges are sure fire ways to generate a bit of heat, and it’s easy to add them in seasonally if you have white or cream bedding as a base. We tossed a few of our Linen Pillows in Pomegranate (yes, linen!) into the mix. The  Ellis Table Lamp reflects the colors of the room brilliantly, and the shimmering finish is the perfect foil to the rustic textures in the room.


3. Upholstered Pieces

Upholstered furniture — a side chair or a bench at the foot of the bed — brings an extra level of softness and comfort to a bedroom. For prime nesting, create a cozy spot to curl up with a book and blanket.


Bohemian Nest in Emerald

Pattern-rich textiles and a casual, collected look pump up this space with cozy warmth. With the versatility of a duvet, there’s no need to run out and buy all-new bedding when the temperature drops. Just keep it neutral, as we did here with our Casa Florentina Washed Linen Duvet, and switch out your insert for a heavier weight down fill and layer in a little color with a blanket.

4. Humble Furniture Pieces

Casual or vintage-style pieces create a more easygoing feel that’s especially in tune this time of year — and can often be an unexpected touch. Here, the woven chests are perfect stand-ins as bedside tables, and a quilt hung behind the bed becomes a beautiful focal point.


5. Saturated Hues

You’ll warm things right up when you trade out those pastels from spring and summer for more deeply saturated tones. Our Kantha Quilted Throw, hand stitched from Indian saris, is in a luscious jade that beautifully plays off the headboard covered in a super soft velvet.


6. Textures

A prim and proper bed in a room full of sleek and shiny surfaces would feel really cold and austere. Using a variety of textures creates the kind of cozy environment that will make you want to kick off your shoes. For example, the whitewashed walls with woven furniture and natural rugs add a level of depth and dimension. In the bedroom below, we love the absolutely decadent mix of buttery soft leather cubes with the velvet quilted bedding!

10 ways to cozy up your bedroom for Fall

Luxe Retreat with Velvet

If you are really committed to the white bed, here’s the way to keep the look without screaming summer. It’s all about piling on sumptuous texture, starting with our luxuriously soft Lucca Stitched Quilt in cotton velvet.

7. Velvet

There’s no denying how versatile a fabric velvet is, especially during the cooler months, when you want to luxuriate in comfort and warmth. It can go anywhere, and you can do a little or a lot. Can’t commit to a full velvet headboard? Add a pair of plush throw pillows instead or upholster a side chair for a soft place to sit.


8. Faux Fur

Go ahead, indulge yourself. Never has one blanket added such an instant wow factor. Faux fur has a natural warmth that will feel down-right luxurious on a cold day — and is sure to kick up your cozy, mountain vibe a notch. 


9. Layered Rugs

Of course, a rug underfoot adds instant warmth. We love natural rugs, but they do feel a little flat in the winter. So layer a rug in a different pattern or shape on top for a more substantial look and feel.

10 ways to give your bedroom a cozier feel for Fall

10. Soft Lighting

Warm up your winter decor with a soft, inviting glow. Use a variety of lighting, such as bedside lamps or a pair of sconces, and put a dimmer on overhead lights. To avoid the harsh fluorescent lighting of an office, be sure to select bulbs that give off a warm, yellowish light to create a more inviting feel. For LEDs, look for the description “warm white” or “soft white.”

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery.

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Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo has been writing about home décor and design since 1999, which is when she first learned the term faux bois. She's passionate about helping others find their design style, because she believes with a little know-how and inspiration, anyone can decorate with confidence. Patricia has a degree in Journalism and lives in Atlanta with her husband and four-year-old twins.


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    September 10, 2015

    Which rugs were used for the Rustic Bedroom in Cranberry?

    • How to Decorate Team

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 11, 2015

      This is Ballard Designs Lattice Knot Wool & Jute Rug. It’s super soft underfoot — perfect for Fall. Be sure to go ahead and order though before it’s discontinued as it’s already being clearanced!
      Thanks for your comment,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    July 17, 2015

    I am having a hard time decorating my family room. I have a large sectional gray sofa facing my kitchen with a fireplace with a television hung over it. I need a rug and some pictures to bring the room together and other accessories. Do you think you could give me some suggestions.

    • How to Decorate Team

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 22, 2015

      Hi Maggie,
      We would love to make some suggestions for your family room. Simply fill out this form (don’t forget to upload photos!) so we can make the best suggestions for your space!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Peggy Dougherty

    January 23, 2015

    What did you use for the wall covering behind the headboard?

    • How to Decorate Team

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015

      Hi Peggy,
      Thanks for your comment. That is actually a whitewashed wood paneling! Hope that answers your question!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    November 12, 2014

    Are both beds sold at Ballard Designs?

    • How to Decorate Team

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 13, 2014

      Hi Katy,
      Yes, they are! Both of them are the Giselle Tufted Headboard. They gray headboard is in our Claire Gray fabric, and the velvet headboard is our Signature Velvet in Spa.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Kathy Myers

    October 12, 2014

    I have white cabinets in my kitchen and want to put in very light granite countertops…….should i…or is a dark counter better to use

    • How to Decorate Team

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Fran,
      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a design team that can help you with your kitchen if you’re interested! It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will reach out to you with suggestions. We look forward to helping you with your space.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Barbara Eastbourne

    September 27, 2014

    For the last 5 months, I have changed the interior of my cabin to a light and colorful rooms. What style of furniture do you recommend. I like informal furniture but not rustic or modern . I like legs with curves or rounded styles. How do I mix furniture styles?

    • How to Decorate Team

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a design team that can help you with home. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will create a design plan for your space. We look forward to helping you!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team