7 Designers Share Their Tips For Creating The Perfect Fall Bedroom

October 4, 2021

Collaboration with House & Home Magazine.

There’s a certain pleasure in waking up in a warm, cozy bed, knowing that the brisk breeze of fall is just outside the window. It’s the time of year to embrace your homebody and warm up to the season. To get your fall bedrooms looking right, we asked designers from across Canada to share a little insight. Scroll down!

Rebecca Hay On Natural Materials

“Nothing says warmth like natural materials such as wood and grasscloth. The grasscloth walls of this bedroom envelope the room with orange undertones — adding texture and oodles of coziness. They also add a layer for sound dampening which complement the room’s soothing vibe. Opting for wood elements, like the bench at the foot of the bed and the nightstands in white oak, will cozy up any room for fall in a refined, understated way.”

  • Photographer: Courtesy of Rebecca Hay Designs
  • Designer: Rebecca Hay Designs

Giovanna Averill On Selecting The Right Fall Hue

“Keep it simple. Select one favourite autumn hue and use it consistently throughout your space. Here, I’ve taken inspiration from the changing leaves but used a more muted palette for a sophisticated and livable look. The fall hue is on repeat in luxurious chunky textiles, accessories and fall foliage. You’ll soon be enjoying a chic and subtle fall palette — perfect for a bedroom space without being overly thematic!”

  • Photographer: Martin Knowles Photo/Media
  • Designer: Giovanna Averill Interiors

Jo Smeeth On Choosing Your Layers Wisely

“Bring on the layers, baby! Layering different textures, colours and materials can bring coziness to a space with ease, without feeling cluttered. And a great place to test this is in bed. Start with smooth, crisp cotton sheets, and fold them over a sateen-quilted or linen-woven coverlet for a practical (and most importantly, breathable) base. In this kids bedroom, I’ve layered in a lightly patterned blanket and throw pillow to weave in texture and played around with fall-friendly colour pops on the walls.”

  • Photographer: Jules Lee (room)
  • Designer: Jo Smeeth, Inda Interiors

Gillian Segal On Fall-Friendly Florals

“Changing your florals is a great (and easy) way to transition your bedroom from summer into fall. I suggest incorporating deeper hues to pair with a dried floral arrangement (which will last you forever). I also love to forage my own branches which is zero cost and fun! A subtle addition to this moody fall bedroom, these fall-friendly florals are perfectly suited along the smokey gray drapes and accent chair.”

  • Photographer: The Collective You
  • Designer: Gillian Segal Design Inc.

Margot Austin On Timeless Antiques

“Is anyone else over mid-mod yet? Fall is the perfect time to invest in charming, timeless antique furniture, especially for your bedroom. Visit the many autumn antique sales, or take a drive to an antiquing destination. These pieces from the 19th and early 20th century are made from solid woods, extraordinary veneers and exhibit a craftsmanship not attainable at equivalent prices on the contemporary market. Embrace so-called ‘brown furniture’ with a mellow patina sure to enrich your sleep space.”

  • Photographer: Courtesy of Margot Austin Creative
  • Designer: Margot Austin

Red Barrinuevo On Adding Depth

“Contrary to popular belief, a cozy bedroom need not be dark or heavy – it just needs depth. Approach it like you would your fall wardrobe and work with layers to add warmth. Incorporate color, but don’t be too literal with your fall inspirations. Lean into warm beige, browns and grays, with gold or bronze accents. Additionally, consider how lighting affects ambience. Natural light is bright and refreshing, while yellow light is inviting for cool, dark nights.”

  • Photographer: Arnal Photography
  • Designer: Red Barrinuevo, Redesign4More

Stephanie Brown On The Power Of Pillows

“I love to mix pillow textiles to bring in fall color and texture. Here, rust velvet euro pillows certainly do the trick with their lack of pattern and detailing keeping the space modern and fresh. Tucked behind white pillows, they add a pop of warmer color to the room and complement the chunky-weave pink wool throw and gray accent pillow adding textural interest.”

  • Photographer: Courtesy of Stephanie Brown Inc.
  • Designer: Stephanie Brown Inc.

Author : Joseph Cicerone for House & Home Magazine


Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling services, and design services.  www.redesign4more.com.

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