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.
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.
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 temptation to buy them while the 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.
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
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.
Choosing an Autumn Color Palette
When I’m decorating for any season, I look at what’s going on outside.
Here are some tips to make your faux stems and flowers look more real.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 fall garden flowers. And I will keep cutting flowers from my garden until the first frost arrives so I can enjoy fresh flower arrangements for as long as possible.
They liven up vignettes and make it feel warm and cozy.
If you don’t have anything, start collecting faux pumpkins, small sprigs, bunches, and garlands that you can tuck 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.
Right now, my indoor plants are still vacationing outdoors. But 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.
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.
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.
But you can also cut other flowers from the garden and make a beautiful fall wreath with those too.
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.
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.
More About Decorating for Fall
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Garden Supplies I Use
I’m often asked about the garden supplies and tools that I use most. From pruners to deer repellents, here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
- I like to use a good-quality, potting soil, garden soil, compost, and perlite when planting.
- I have used this deer repellent with great success. But now, I’m all about this deer repellent that is systemic instead of topical. This means the plant takes it in as opposed to it just smelling bad.
- Hands down this is my favorite hand-weeding tool. You can use it to get underneath roots, and loosen soil, and it cuts down on the weeding time because you work much faster.
- But I also love this long, stand-up weeding tool to really get around roses from afar.
- I like to use THIS ORGANIC FERTILIZER for roses because the blooms are more prolific and it’s organic.
- You’ll need a sharp set of pruners when working with plants and flowers. I buy a few so I can stash them around.
- I use these garden snips to deadhead and cut flowers from my gardens.
- Where pest and disease problems are concerned, if I need to, I generally use this insecticidal soap or neem oil to help control infestations depending on the issue. When using, only apply when pollinators are less active.
- This is my favorite set-and-forget slow-release fertilizer for houseplants, annuals, and container gardens.
- Whenever I stake my peonies or other plants, I generally use these grow through garden supports because they work really well and keep the blooms upright.
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