In the Northern Hemisphere, drop begins around the last week of September, but the autumnal equinox does not necessarily correspond to the day you begin taking out your fall decor. Even though you won’t find a hard, speedy rule for cosmetic seasonal transition, waiting for the opportune moment to begin celebrating fall validates your style savvy without making you appear too eager.
In the summer season, search for clues that it is time to begin fall decorating — each year may be different, depending on your geographical area and climate variations. If stepping outside in a T-shirt has you routinely heading back to get a sweater, it can be time to swap out a white tablecloth for brown. As the air begins to cool, the days get shorter and the amount of windy, rainy days increases, trade brightly coloured floral arrangements or centerpieces for muted ones. When green leaves, such as the ones gracing non-native trees at San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden, get the color-change memo, pack away summery purple or pink dishware, and pull from the burnt orange or warm plum plates, bowls and mugs for hot cocoa.