In this post: Looking for ways to celebrate the season in your home? These 5 easy ideas will help you style beautiful fall living room decor. ⇒
This year I’m embracing unabashed fall decor.
Yes, in the past I’ve done that understated thing. You know the kind. You see a blog post touting ‘fall decor inspiration’ and you open it up, only to find a pair of tiny white pumpkins set against the usual decor. Tasteful, yes. Inspiring? Not so much.
While I do enjoy the ‘less is more’ thing, lack of novelty notwithstanding, this year I’m all about enhancing my experiences. I want to entertain more. I want to wear brighter colors (ok, *any* colors… ;-)). I want to play louder music and I want to try new things.
In short, I want more flavor.
Fall Living Room Decor
A year and change spent avoiding people and places affects you. It starves you. It makes you hungry for adventure and maybe even a little drama.
In my quest for a little relish and zest for life, seasonal decorating is a natural impulse. It’s like enjoying the football game more when you’re wearing your team’s colors.
So, I’ve approached my fall living room with no small measure of ambition. I scoured the trends, bought what I loved and mixed it in with what I already owned. If you’d like to get some ideas for your own autumn home, or if you don’t know where to start, read on for 5 ways to celebrate the fall season in your home.
(I’m joining with a few friends to share our fall decor with you today. Be sure to enjoy the other posts linked at the bottom of this one.)
1. Create a Vignette
Rather than just plopping down a pumpkin willy-nilly here and there, designing a cohesive vignette on a table or shelf is the best way to feature fall decor. How the components relate to each other is the most important aspect of creating your vignette. You want it to look intentional and not like the items just bumped into each other, so balance and harmony are key.
Vignette Styling Tips
- Select a color palette and stay with items within this color feeling
- Have a cohesive theme, for instance organic textures, wooly knits or greenery and the like
- Vary height and shape and create movement in your layout
- Be sure to balance your arrangement, even though symmetry is not necessary
- Contain your vignette and limit the number of pieces
- Pay attention to what’s around the vignette to keep it from getting too busy
2. Add Pillows to the Sofa
Pillows and throws are a decorator’s dream. They are the easiest way to quickly change up the look of a room, but selecting your accent pillows is an art in itself. It’s essential to consider the seating they will be placed on, then they should tell a story by virtue of the way they interact with each other.
If your room is neutral, you have far less to coordinate, but even a room with color can be nudged in a new direction with the addition of the right pillows. In my living room, for example, I have pink and rose tones in the rug and artwork, so a dusty terracotta brings out the yellow undertones. By contrast, a brighter orange or gold, would have fought with what’s existing in the space.
This is also an opportunity to play with seasonal texture, using teddy bear knits, faux fur, and the warmth of suede.
3. Create a Little Focal Point
To keep your styling tasteful, avoid the temptation to overdecorate. A room should not consist of vignette after vignette. Instead, balance your one or two vignettes with singular pieces that function as a focal point by way of their distinctiveness.
A vase with branches or seasonal flowers is perfect for this purpose. Place it alone on a small table and let it draw attention to itself. If there’s a window with a view, you’ve found an ideal location for it, but likewise a mantel or a background mirror could work, as well.
Don’t Forget the Floors
Floor vases and urns look wonderful tucked in corners and give decorative finish to the expanse of wood offered by the flat end of a piece of furniture. They look ideal with the many branches, leaves and feathers that fall provides and are a way to add color and flourish to a part of the room that is otherwise lacking. They also get some of the decor off of the surfaces.
This is another occasion to use classic fall textures like rattan and terracotta and can add much to the seasonal character of the room you are decorating.
- Use fresh seasonal flowers in a central location like the coffee table
- Place a berry branch on a stack of books or a stool
- Present folded throws in a large rattan basket
- Include scented candles and a decorative bowl of potpourri
- Vintage leather books work great with fall decor. Place them on a desk with a spray of bunny’s tails or wheat stalks
- Consider seasonal artwork if you have an easy frame to switch out
If you’re ready to add some seasonal spice to your spaces, these tips should help you magnify the delights of autumn. It’s a season that’s rife with pleasures for the senses and indulging joyfully can add gratification to your days…
…especially if you’re needing a little extra right about now.
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