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5 Easy Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Looking for fall decorating ideas? From pumpkins to wreaths, here are some fun ways to add color to your home this season. Learn how to decorate for autumn with these simple tips.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I just love everything about it, don’t you?

From the cooler evenings to falling leaves and everything pumpkin spice, there’s much to look forward to in autumn.

And with the arrival of cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and crisp air, it’s time to start thinking about how to decorate your home for fall.

Because autumn is a great time for decorating!

Whether you’re looking for something new in the kitchen, on the porch, or in the dining room, there are plenty of options available to spruce things up.

Here are some ideas for adding an autumn color palette to your home.

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When Should I Start Decorating for Fall?

The best time to start decorating for fall is in late August through September.

Instead of doing it all at once, take a slow approach and go room by room or space by space.

Whether you’re decorating inside or out, you can begin in late summer and continue through the holiday season.

But I recommend following what nature tells you. See what’s going on outdoors and take your cues from the environment.

Decorating with garden style takes the guesswork out of sprucing up the home for any given season.

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That said, where the garden is concerned, wait until the temps cool down before you start adding garden mums and other fall decorating ideas.

I realized stores start offering garden mums for sale in the heat of August, but resist the tempation to buy them while they temps are scorching hot.

Garden mums are not fans of the heat and are not bred to last long so hold off buying them until at least late September/early October.

I recommend making a slow transition from summer to fall where decorating is concerned where you slowly bring in more autumnal colors before going full on fall.

A great way to do this is by adding sunflower inspired decor because those hues will help slowly transition to your fall decor.

Close up of hydrangea wreath and painted cabinets in rustic farmhouse kitchen -rustic farmhouse kitchen fall home tour

How Can I Decorate My Home in Autumn?

Fortunately, there are lots of cozy ways to decorate for fall.

And I bet you have lots of great items in your home already that can be used to decorate.

From baskets to cozy knit blankets and throw pillows, here are a few ideas to get the fall decorating juices flowing.

  • Knit blankets
  • Fall inspired throw pillows
  • Fall centerpieces for the dining table
  • Lanterns and twinkle lights
  • Fall scented candles
  • Autumn wreaths
  • Pumpkins and gourds
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5 Easy Fall Decorating Ideas For Your Home

Now that we have a few ideas of what to decorate with, how do you pull it all together to create a cohesive design?

Wait until you see these easy ways to decorate your home for fall.

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Choosing an Autumn Color Palette

When I’m decorating for any season, I look to what’s going on outside.

I love the cozy and rustic feel of adding greens, foliage, flowers, and other natural organic elements.

Plants and flowers make me feel happy, so as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier.

Fall Decorating Ideas with black china cabinet and hutch, vintage galvanized metal planter with faux rust colored cabbage roses and berries in dining room

Whether you decorate with fall neutrals or brilliant autumn colors, choose a color palette that speaks to you.

There is no right or wrong when decorating for fall. Find your inspiration and do what speaks to you.

I could decorate my dining room with just the fall centerpiece, but I love to tuck in faux greens and fall foliage stems to add fall touches to my hutch.

Rustic farmhouse dining room with black china cabinet and hutch, farmhouse table with fall centerpiece - rustic farmhouse dining room fall home tour 2021

Shop Your Home Before You Buy

Before decorating, I strip everything that represents summer out of my living spaces because it is much easier to start with a blank slate when decorating for any given season.

Then I take out all of my fall home decor bins to sift through what I already have.

After playing around with what I have, I may or may not shop for more faux fall greenery and flowers.

At this point, I have plenty to work with, but if you are just getting started on accumulating quality faux greens and florals, check out this shop HERE.

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Fall Decorating Ideas With Vignettes

I like to start with one room at a time in late August and work on small vignettes in each space.

Maybe it’s an end table or a corner of a room, but I start in small sections.

Some rooms I will add more to than others, but I play around with my decor and work on different combinations until it feels right to me.

When creating vignettes, layer items in odd-numbered groupings and vary the sizes, shapes and textures.

Fall Decorating Ideas with round wicker basket filled with faux pumpkins and greenery on a coffee table

It’s important to keep a vignette or something you styled in balance.

For example, if one side of a mantle has a tall object, balance that tall object with something tall on the other side.

It doesn’t have to mirror the object but it’s more pleasing to the eye if it is balanced.

I also look to keep vignettes to scale.

Grouping several small items together can look cluttered. Instead, add different objects with various shapes, sizes and textures to avoid a cluttered space.

Vintage shutters styled for fall above a painted piano - rustic farmhouse fall home tour 2021
Fall Decorating Ideas with faux pumpkins, lantern and basket filled with faux greenery

Add Fall Inspired Pillows and Throw Blankets

While I don’t do this in every room that I am decorating, I like to add autumnal colors through throw pillows, pillow covers, and blankets.

If you don’t want to use them on a sofa, chair, or bed, consider adding them to a basket and tucking in some pumpkins and greens.

Even a small pop of color creates a cozy, fall vibe.

rustic farmhouse living room fall home tour 2021 with dark leather sofas and cozy fall pillows

Feeling inspired by the rust-colored florals I picked up, I added some decor with the same color scheme to spice up the master bedroom.

I had all the pumpkins, greens, neutral pillows, and bedding.

But added the flannel blanket and fall-colored pillows to get the fall feels.

Fall Decorating Ideas With Fall Greenery, Flowers and Other Natural Elements

This is my favorite part…but I love to bring the outdoors in by adding natural elements to every room.

I love to use pumpkins, gourds, houseplants, faux greens, and flowers.

They liven up vignettes and make it feel warm and cozy.

Fall Decorating Ideas with rust colored faux cabbage roses in vintage tin in dining room with black china cabinet and hutch
Think outside the box when using planters to hold florals and greens. Lately, I’m into using vintage tin cans to display seasonal florals.

If you don’t have anything, start collecting faux pumpkins, small sprigs, bunches, and garlands that you can tuck in around your home.

They can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Amazon, etc. and many local small shops.

I have been working on my faux collection for a few years so if you don’t have anything, start small and just add items to your collection, little by little.

rustic farmhouse living room decorated for fall with faux pumpkins and greenery with fireplace and tv over the mantel with dark leather sofas and cozy throw blankets with neutral fall decorating ideas

Right now, my houseplants are still vacationing on my deck.

They will be coming indoors in a few weeks.

So my fall decor does not have much in the way of live plants yet.

There are a few, but not many.

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Throughout the seasons, I design a centerpiece for the dining table using this vintage metal tin basket or toolbox but change out the greens and florals.

Every season, I shop around to add a few more fall items to my collection so I have more to decorate with the following season.

And each year, the vignettes look a little different than the last.

Neutral Fall Finds from the Christmas Tree Shops with organic textured pumpkins and vintage scale on a shelf

In addition to decorating with faux greens and flowers, you can also dry flowers from the garden and add them to your fall decor.

Check out this DIY hydrangea wreath idea that I made with flowers from my garden. It cost nothing to make and looked beautiful all season long.

As an aside, if you want to dry hydrangea flowers, there is an easier way to do it than drying other types of flowers.

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Finish It Off With The Final Touches

And finally, get some fall-scented candles, battery-operated flameless candles, or twinkle lights.

Nothing says cozy fall more than a pumpkin spice candle and some soft mood lighting.

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What Do You Think of These Fall Decorating Ideas?

I hope you found you found some fall decorating inspiration from this post.

If you don’t have a lot of fall home decor or don’t know where to begin, just start with one room and work on small vignettes.

It’s much less intimidating if you start small.

My love for plants and flowers seeps into every aspect of our home.

I love incorporating natural elements to warm up my indoor spaces and enjoy pulling cues from nature to decorate.

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