By Kendra Stowe

As soon as fall arrives, it’s the perfect time to turn your home into a seasonal escape. Cozy touches create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that you’ll love opening your door to. While corn mazes and pumpkin patches are great family-fun activities, why not bring some of that autumnal magic indoors? With incredible new home communities all over the Raleigh-Durham area, you can turn your living rooms, dining tables, front doors, and porches into a fall haven as we wait for the holiday season. Check out the tips below to see what New Homes & Ideas recommends.

  1. Add autumn colors throughout: It’s one thing to place pumpkins throughout your home, but take it to another level by incorporating accessories in classic fall tones that include grays, oranges and soft browns. Swap out your dish towels, add a pumpkin spice candle to your kitchen island, or even find some colored leaves outside to layer on top of your mantle.

Fendol Farms in Durham is an active 55+ adult community by Lennar with homes that offer spacious, open floor plans with unique details that make decorating fun. After viewing these homes, you’ll see why fall is meant for comfy nights in once you add some hints of fall to your home.

  1. Embrace the spirit of Halloween: If you’re into the Spooky Season, there’s nothing wrong with playing it up inside your house! Candlesticks and leaf garland serve as the traditional, classy Halloween decor, but take it a step further with your children. Create cutouts of bats and ghosts that can be added to your kid’s rooms for fun! If you’re really in the spirit, throw some fake cobwebs on your bushes outside for some serious spooky sentiment.

Looking for a single family home? Avalyn by Robuck Homes in Wake Forest is the perfect community for you – featuring plans with basements and others with flex space, you’ll find ideal options for kids’ bonus rooms and play spaces that you’ll have fun decorating for Halloween.

  1. Don’t forget outdoors! Once your interior is perfected, creating curb appeal can be just as fun! Fall wreaths can be purchased, but also serve as a family-fun activity for everyone to help with. When it comes to pumpkins, you can never have too many.  Instead of sticking to just orange-colored pumpkins, try switching it up with white, green, and yellow pumpkins. Gourds also serve as an alternative if you want to create an eye-catching display on your porch.

Take it a step further with a plaid, outdoor rug or fill some empty lanterns with fall leaves or small pumpkins.

Finally, don’t forget your fall flowers. Mums are a sun-friendly flower that offer lots of fall foliage for your porch. Just don’t forget to water them three times a week!

When it comes to front porches, Westfall in Chapel Hill doesn’t disappoint. From screened-in porches to welcoming front doors, make sure to see all that this community has to offer.

Photo courtesy of Westfall

If there’s one thing that can be considered the silver lining to having to stay inside this year, it’s that we’ve all been given the opportunity to get the vibe right inside our homes. For more decorating tips and tricks, New Homes & Ideas has plenty of design and decor trends you can read about.

Happy decorating!