The dog days of summer are in full swing. As such, you’re likely still enjoying iced tea and fresh corn on the cob instead of pumpkin spice lattes and bowls of hearty soup. But, in the world of designing and decorating, it’s never too early to get your autumn on.

In fact, if you’re done with the triple-digit temperatures and expensive air conditioning bills, planning your fall decorating now can give you hope and remind you that cooler weather is on the way.

The following trio of fall decorating ideas are not only trendy and fun, but will also help you feel festive, cozy and oh-so ready for cooler weather:

1. Start with Halloween Accent Pillows

If you had unlimited money, you might refurnish your living room to reflect the colors of each season. Since that’s likely not an option, focus on bringing in a touch of fall to this popular living space with the power of pillows.

For instance, if you own a lovely neutral gray couch similar to the Harlow Dove Sofa from Jerome’s Furniture, swap the four designer accent pillows that were included with the sofa with a quartet of Halloween-themed pillows.

Additionally, Amazon offers a wide selection of Halloween pillows from which to choose; if you prefer, you can opt for a more generic but still lovely fall theme for your throw pillows.

Or, if you find fall-themed cases that will fit over the accent pillows, you can cover what you already have and easily change the look of your living room.

2. Use Plenty of Pumpkins

Nothing screams fall like pumpkins. As such, make a fall wreath out of miniature pumpkins by choosing from mini cream-colored gourds for a modern look or orange for a more classic aesthetic. Additionally, place pumpkins along with other gourds, pinecones and fall foliage on the mantel in your living room, or place larger pumpkins on your front porch steps.
Since real pumpkins haven’t arrived at your grocery store just yet, head to a local craft store to buy pumpkins made from clay, wood, resin and plastic. This way, you can rest assured knowing your fall-themed decorations will not rot by Halloween. In fact, you should be able to use them year after year.

3. Add Touches of Other Colors

While many people think of orange, maroon and bronze as classic autumnal colors, you can certainly add in touches of other hues that will help brighten up your room in a trendy, fall way. For instance, purples and deep pinks are also great colors for autumn.

Indeed, you don’t have to wait for late September to arrive to shop for some rich purple plates and bowls to serve up cornbread and chili on a crisp fall night. While you’re browsing, look for a dark pink fleece blanket to throw over the back of your couch, which you can use to stay warm while watching football.

Have a Great Fall: It’ll be Here Sooner than You Realize

When the days are long and the weather is incredibly hot, it can be difficult to remember fall is right around the corner. Fortunately, cooler days will be here before you know it. So, by starting your fall décor shopping now, you and your home will be ready to go when autumn finally arrives.