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Fall home decor: Heat up your home with these tips

With summer officially over, now's the perfect time to make your home cozy before the weather plunges into freezing temperatures.

Since New Yorkers face several obstacles when redecorating their homes -- absurdly small living spaces, too few hours in the day and a skyrocketing cost of living -- we spoke to some experts for tips on how to easily prepare your home for the cold months without it breaking your bank.

Layers

Instead of taking things away and trying to
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Instead of taking things away and trying to find space for them in closets, layer your cold weather décor on top of the things you already have.

Katrina Szish, a TV personality and home style expert who lives in the Financial District, likes to layer rugs.

"A way to add a little bit of depth and warmth is to get a smaller rug in maybe a different color and sort of toss it on top" of whatever rug you already have, she said. "It kind of gives it an eclectic look."

Polina Gorokhovskaya, president and owner of Polina Studio Inc., is a fan of cozying up where you sit. Her suggestion is to get a sheepskin ($30 at Ikea) and put it on an otherwise plain chair.

"Even for your dining table or your work station chair ... if you throw over a sheepskin it is actually very inexpensive and cozy and warm," Gorokhovskaya said.

Bedding

Photo Credit: BETSY HELMUTH

"Prepare for hibernation," advised Betsy Helmuth of Affordable Interior Design, who recently published the book "Big Design, Small Budget: Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps."

For starters, trade your light summer quilt for a heavy comforter with a decorative duvet, she said.

"For extra texture and warm, fold a chunky throw blanket in a contrasting color on the foot of your bed," she added.

And don't forget flannel sheets, said Szish.

"Using shades of olive and gray this season will be specifically on-trend in terms of what colors are hot from a fashion perspective," she said.

Decorate

Our designers love the idea of bringing the
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Our designers love the idea of bringing the outdoors inside.

"But instead of doing it the typical way," like using an orange color palette, "go for only white pumpkins and white gourds," said Szish. Find them for cheap at the Union Square farmer's market and Trader Joe's.

Leathers with a metallic sheen are also hot this season, Helmuth added, so play around with throw pillows and floor mats. In general, metals go great with the colder seasons.

"Heat things up in the cooler months by choosing furnishings that feature warm metals like brass, bronze and gold rather than colder silvers and nickels," said Helmuth.

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