In this post: If you’re looking for autumn decor ideas to update your home, here are 10 ways to use fall decorations to add seasonal color to all of your rooms.⇒
Is there anyone out there who has never bought a pumpkin to put outside their home for fall?
There is something about fall that makes so many of us suddenly become seasonal decorators. Maybe it’s a habit left over from celebrating Halloween with our kids, but I truly believe it goes back even further than that.
For me the nesting instinct begins as early as September, when both the school calendar and the harvest conspire to forecast new beginnings. My kids are long finished with school now, but I’ll never stop perceiving this season as a time to start everything afresh.
And that means working on my home.
And styling the house with autumn decor.
And maybe creating some DIY fall decor, too.
Here are 10 ways to use fall decorations to bring the season into every room of your home.
1. The front entry – My approach to fall decorating relies on a soft touch, with a few well placed items peppered throughout the house. At the front entry I use a mix of symmetry and balance, and this is a great place to introduce a bit of fall color. I’m not one to use the full palette all in one go, so I prefer a pair of large monotoned mums flanking the stairs and then an artful mix of heirloom pumpkins. I enjoy the warm hues of the season, but I always tread lightly.
2. A living room corner – I’m a fan of antique books all year long, but at no time do they fit so perfectly as with autumn decor. Set up a writing desk in a living room corner accented with vintage accessories, add a rich velvet throw in claret red and an urn brimming with golden flowers and call it good.
3. The kitchen island – Whether your kitchen has an island or peninsula, or even a section of a tiny counter, any flat clear surface can serve as a staging ground for a pretty fall vignette. The one below is as simple as it gets and yet it’s one of my most popular DIY fall decor projects. Find two inexpensive glass hurricanes, pop in a pillar candle that fits with your fall palette, then fill half way with mini pumpkin, acorn or pine cone filler. Bonus points for a fall scent.
You can see the rest of our fall kitchen in the post: 6 Ways to Add Autumn Warmth to Your Kitchen
4. Your home office desk – As you scatter your fall decorations throughout the house, not every room needs to make a major statement. For balance, some rooms can benefit by just a few hints at the season and this is where it’s fun to work with varied fall motifs. I use a lot of baby boo pumpkins as soon as they become available, and mix them in with autumn fruits and nuts. A bowl of walnuts and a footed platter of plums sit comfortably next to a hot cup of tea.
5. A fall mantel – No doubt one of the spaces most often decorated for fall is the fireplace mantel. I tend to keep it super simple and here I used only three elements. A line of copper goblets is filled with peach roses and the formation is punctuated with mini white pumpkins. A couple of bottles of rose wine add height to the outer ends, while the gilded mantel clock sits in its usual spot presiding over the center.
6. Coffee table vignette – Filling a bowl on your coffee table with fall objects is another effortless way to add a touch of autumn to your home. In addition to baby boo pumpkins I used pastel gourds that I painted to match the softer tones of my family room palette. Again, this is a project that is as easy as DIY fall decor gets, and yet it goes a long way toward making a lovely seasonal statement.
For the DIY details click on this post: Easy, Budget-friendly Fall DIY Centerpiece
7. The powder room – The pumpkin motif can be used in many forms and in the powder room I enjoy using gilded pumpkin candles. Set atop a Renaissance cathedral candlestick, the warm tones mix delightfully together. Also in this room I use autumn scented potpourri and not much else is required in the tiny space.
Fall Decorations for the Table
8. A casual table setting – Some of my autumn decor is more elaborate and utilized for individual occasions only, like table settings for specific celebrations. But I also sometimes set a simple weeknight table with classic white plates and russet linen napkins. Golden goblets, chargers and beaded napkin rings add seasonal flavor and a chippy box of gourds delivers a 5 minute centerpiece.
9. A floral centerpiece – Of course, fresh flowers are not for spring and summer only and a jewel toned floral arrangement makes the perfect fall centerpiece. Place it on the dining table when entertaining guests, or leave it on the counter for your family to enjoy.
10. A DIY napkin ring – Perhaps my favorite DIY fall decor is our set of burlap leaf napkin rings, accented with tiny acorns for a charming nod to the season. Add them to any tablescape for an instant jolt of fall spice.
For the DIY visit the post here: DIY Acorn and Leaf Napkin Rings
For me, adding fall decorations throughout the house is a fun way to enjoy the season, even if it’s done in a rather subtle and simple way. But if all else fails, you can always just buy that pumpkin and put it right outside your front door.
It certainly won’t be the only one on the block!
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