In this post: Looking for fall decorating ideas to warm up your living spaces? Here are 12 tips for adding fall color to the living room.⇒
One of the things I most love about fall is the warm feeling it brings to the home.
The mere mention of fall brings a plethora of sensory delights to mind, like the sound of walking through crisp leaves, the taste of butternut squash soup, the cozy feeling of chunky knit sweaters and the aroma of pumpkin spice everything.
From plush textured fabrics to traditional autumnal imagery, fall is a season that’s hard to ignore.
Fall Decorating Ideas
But above all else, the season is most known for its own unique color palette, a cacophony of rich tones on the warm side of the color wheel, that are rarely used together in this way at any other time of year.
While I generally start my seasonal decorating in very neutral colors, as the season progresses I enjoy adding in richer tones.
Here are 12 tips for adding fall color to the living room.
1. Red Wine and Golden Goblets
A fresh way to decorate is to expand your thinking beyond traditional decor. Fall is a wonderful season to use food and drink in your vignettes. For this harvest season try sprinkling in vineyard imagery, from clusters of grapes to a vibrant bottle of wine. Amber goblets can be a lovely complement to the dark elixir.
2. Copper Urns
The quintessential component in a fall palette, I’ve been enjoying the versatility of copper for quite some time. When paired with neutrals it adds a subtle gleam, but when mixed with deeper colors, its own red undertones can really be appreciated.
3. Fall Floral
Hydrangea and eucalyptus work beautifully here, and they both dry well once the arrangement fades. Or add more color with deep burgundies, golden blooms and hints of fiery orange.
4. Vignette on the Sideboard
I do fall vignettes throughout my home, and each one offers the opportunity for a new mix of objects. Here the presentation is topped with a gilded cherub, a way to personalize the more traditional items.
5. Assortment of Colorful Pumpkins
Of course you can go with classic orange, but the more interesting pumpkins in both shape and color can be found at farm stands in pale warm colors. I’m a big fan of heirloom pumpkins and scatter them about all over the house.
6. Velvet Pumpkins
The perfect marriage of two fall classics, the lushness of velvet and the ubiquity of pumpkins, what could be more appropriate than velvet pumpkins? They come in all colors and sizes and can really define your fall decor, as the colors you mix tell a story all your own.
7. Dried Mini Roses
These flowers dry beautifully and add a lovely touch to any arrangement. Here I have them spilling from a teacup, but I really can’t get enough of these and use them all over.
8. White Craft Pumpkins
I love adding these fun little bits to an oversized bowl and tucking them into obscure little corners. You call also use real baby boos, but they’re not available all season and will eventually turn brown. A good quality craft pumpkin can be a beautiful work of art.
9. Hay Stalks in Copper Jug
Another classic fall image is that of hay bales and stalks. The stalks look wonderful mixed with a copper vessel, which contrasts the dry texture nicely with its warm gleam. Wheat stalks work as well, imparting the same flavor.
10. Cup of Tea with a Book
I’m always happy to display my teacups, but what better opportunity than relaxing with a book and a cup of tea? A steaming cup of tea says fall to me and it also suggests a note of tranquility.
Pumpkin spice anyone?
11. Pears and Herbed Goat Cheese
To complete the fall vignette, some cheese and fruit is perfect for this setting. Grapes also denote autumn, as do artichokes and plums. Add pomegranates or even apples. It is harvest time, after all.
12. Fur Throw
A toasty faux fur throw is a wonderful item to drape over a chair, or to wrap yourself up in on a chilly evening. Animal print and tweeds, along with other weighty textiles, forecast the quest for warmth that this season initiates.
There are innumerable ways to add fall color to your home, but my favorites are the ones that celebrate the snug and homey intimacy of the season.
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