Skip the pumpkins for something a little more sophisticated
As the weather changes, updating your home decor is an excellent way to welcome the new season. Autumn decorating is all about earthy textures, warm hearths and cozy living spaces, and natural elements that will add variety and dimension to each room. These fifteen design tips and home decor items will have your home feeling festive in no time.
Incorporate Earthy Tones in Furnishings
Golds, greens, and russets are prominent colors during the fall. Whether you pull inspiration from the rich reds and oranges of fall foliage, the gilded autumn sunlight, the soft greens of ripening gourds, or the deep evergreen from towering pines, let nature fuel your design this season. The Sloan Custom Sectional Sofa in Pepper
is a subtle ode to fall’s ruby hues, while the House of Hampton Fleury Velvet Rolled Arm Sofa in Peanut
is a subdued, natural brown that will have your living room feeling autumnal all year long.
Cozy Up with Quilts
Dress up your master bedroom by refreshing your bedding—and don’t forget the quilt! Perfect for adding another layer of color and texture in your room, fold a quilt at the foot of the bed for those cold nights. Make a quilt yourself by following a sewing pattern, like this stunning maple leaf quilt pattern
, or purchase a quilt for a long-lasting autumn bedding staple, like this reversible orange and turquoise patterned quilt
Create Ambiance with Scented Candles
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This is the perfect time of year to light a candle, and candles are also an excellent piece of decor to add flair to the corner of any room. Pillar candles of various sizes can be arranged on mantles, end tables, or as dining room centerpieces, and scented candles are a fun way to make your house smell like autumn. DW Home’s range of autumn candles is perfect for this season with scents like Cinnamon Apple & Oats
, Pumpkin Butter
, and Hazelnut Praline & Vanilla
. Williams-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Spice candle
is a classic favorite, and Pottery Barn’s Harvest Spice
scented pillar candles are delicately adorned with a dried wheat motif. Whether you opt for dainty tea lights or something jarred, these fragranced candles will make your home smell heavenly.
Hang an Autumnal Wreath
First impressions often last the longest, so why not start decorating outside? Leaving up your summer blooms can make your home feel out of style, but adding a festive wreath to your front door is a simple yet effective way to make your home look instantly chic. Faux wreaths will last autumn’s rain and cool nights the longest. This 20” Faux Hops Wreath by Heart & Hand with Magnolia
can be found at Target—its simplistic design and golden hue are endearingly subtle. If your style’s more maximalist, try this jewel-toned McAllister Wreath by Grandin Road
that features pastel faux florals, white foam pumpkins, and metallic accents for a glamorous touch of fall.
Freshen Up with Fall Foliage (Fresh, Dried, or Faux!)
When the leaves change colors, they create stunning scenic landscapes that can only be found once a year. The same can be true for your indoor greenery. Replace indoor bouquets with snippets of fall foliage for a quick, instant shift in style. Utilizing natural elements can have a grounding effect, imbuing any space with warmth and integrity. If you prefer something lower maintenance and longer-lasting, opt for dried foliage instead of fresh cuttings.
Outside, fall foliage is simple to incorporate. Add sprouting marigolds near your mailbox for a pop of color. Watch sunflowers reach for the sky as they grow to their full height in the early fall. Mums are a beloved fall blooming flower that can instantly dress up your front porch when added to pots outside. Mums are extraordinarily versatile and do well in both sunny and shady spots, making them the perfect addition to your patio.
If you don’t have a green thumb, faux greenery is a no-maintenance option for those of us who crave the look of fall greenery but can’t seem to keep it alive. Faux plants work particularly well on mantles and shelves, in plain sight but out of reach. Place small faux plants in decorative pots, add faux sprigs to your arrangements for a full-bodied look, or place large faux foliage in a wicker basket for a touch of extra texture.
Update Your Cookware
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One of the fall’s most beloved traditions is Thanksgiving. Gathering with the family to celebrate the harvest, all of the year’s blessings, and share gratitude is best done with a heaping plate of delicious food. Updating your cooking and serving wares is a fantastic way to imbue a festive spirit. Ruffled edge pie dishes
, warm-toned baking pans
, and stoneware casserole dishes are must-haves for the season’s hearty meals. Take it up a notch and create baked goods in the shape of festive seasonal foliage by using a shaped tin, like this Autumn Treats Pan from Nordic Ware
. Whatever you bring to the table, using seasonal bakewares and serving dishes is an excellent way to spruce up any dinner party.
Textured Throw Pillows
Utilizing textures is a great way to incorporate visual diversity in a space. Mixing and matching tones and textures will add variety to your sofa and an inviting ambiance to your living spaces. Urban Outfitters’ Rumi Shag Throw Pillow
comes in a variety of autumn-approved colors, including rust, cream, and marigold, and its tasseled corners are particularly fun. This macrame throw pillow
has a bohemian flair that’s great for indoor or outdoor use and will pair nicely with deep oranges and warm woods. If you’re hoping to style your home for fall without hitting the autumn decor too on the nose, try this black and white down-alternative stuffed pillow
with a tufted checkered pattern for added dimension that’s reminiscent of fall’s popular buffalo check.
Fill Open Weave Baskets with Throw Blankets
What’s better than cozying up with a warm blanket when the weather turns chilly? Prepare for the cold front by adding an open weave basket to your living room and filling it with chunky, knit throws. West Elm’s Made*Here New York 100% Cotton Braided Cable Knit Throw
looks and feels like being wrapped in a warm sweater and comes in a beautiful cream color. This Nader Tweed Knitted-Design Throw
in the color Green Eyes from Joss & Main is the ultimate accent for a living room or den.
Amber Glassware Accents
The warm, rich tones of amber glassware are perfect for this time of year. When it comes to decorating, amber glass is extraordinarily versatile. Swap out your skincare’s plastic containers for amber glass pipette bottles
to give your bathroom an apothecarian aura. Use amber vases for floral arrangements on the Thanksgiving table, or add hand-blown amber drinking glasses
to your cabinets for entertaining with sustainably-made products.
Feather Your Nest
While crafting bouquets and centerpieces, consider utilizing unexpected textures to create diversity and interest. Feathers are a fun addition to any vase, or perhaps try bundles of dried wheat or grass, pine cones, burlap accents, or sprigs of faux fall fruits.
Get Creative with Vintage Books
Antique tomes can be utilized throughout your home, aside from using them to fill the shelves of a bookcase! A trip to Black Cat
, an iconic Hamptons-based secondhand book retailer, might be in order for this design tip. Books of different sizes can be stacked on side tables to create a platform for table lamps. Clusters of hardback novels can be added to your mantle for an extra bit of interest.
Display Copper Accents
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Copper’s rich color is perfect for this time of year, and incorporating it into your design scheme is an excellent way to accentuate the autumn season. Place your wooden serving spoons in this Textured Copper Utensil Holder
from Crate & Barrel or give your space a midcentury twist with these Copper Nesting Tables
from Cost Plus World Market.
String Up the Lights
Strings of pure, white bulbs don’t have to be reserved for the winter holidays. Hang string lights across your patio to create a soft glow that’s ideal for outdoor entertaining. Globe lights with Edison bulbs
offer a timeless, vintage look.
Break Out the Burlap
Burlap is extraordinarily versatile and can be utilized in every room of the house. This natural fabric is textured and neutral-toned, which makes it an excellent accent for table dressings, bouquets, and wreaths.
And Yes, Pumpkins
When in doubt, pumpkins are the tell-tale sign of autumnal design. Whether you prefer a romp through the pumpkin patch to select the perfect front porch pumpkin or a stroll through the seasonal section of the department store for faux, painted gourds, it’s easy to spruce up your home decor with fall pumpkins. Stack them on the kitchen counter, arrange them on the porch steps, or use them in motifs for an undeniable fall decor twist.
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