Decorate for fall using items you already have to cultivate a look that is timeless and cozy. This effortless style will allow you to repurpose items you already own. And you won’t have to worry about storing several bins of decor. As you shop in your own home, you will not only save money but you will also not add clutter. You will also be more creative in the process of decorating, instead of going to the big box stores. No more buying pumpkin signs and several fake pumpkins to store away. Let’s take a look at timeless pieces that you can use interchangeably throughout the year to convey the season and the feeling that you are after.
Decorate for fall using Wood
From cutting boards in the kitchen to chargers in the dining room. As you decorate for fall, wood tones create a sense of warmth. Wooden bowls are great to use to corral items, such as keys at the front door. As you bring wooden items out to display, and add them with the elements below, you will create a look that is simple but warm and homey.
Decorate for fall using Candles
You cannot decorate for fall without candles! Whether you use real or fake candles, you know the warm glow from a candle instantly changes a room. The ambiance improves with the flickering light of a candle and your home will instantly feel elegant, warm and inviting. I absolutely love these flameless candles, they look like the real thing! They are safe to be around children because there is no fire. They are also non-toxic because there is no fragrance or chemicals. I also love that they come with a control so that you can quickly turn them off or on.
Decorate for fall using Blankets
As the weather gets cooler and the nights become longer, pull out all of your blankets. Drape them on couches and chairs to evoke a feeling of comfort. You can also simply fold them at the foot of a bed to add in more texture, color and warmth. As you pull blankets into different areas of your home, it immediately creates a sense of warmth and calls you in to curl up with a good book and relax. I love to create different areas throughout my home to invite others to cozy up. I love these soft cozy throw blankets and they are perfect to use anywhere.
Decorate for fall using Books
I love to decorate with books, especially hardcover books. Once you remove the sleeves, these books have beautiful colors that you can use for each season depending on the colors you are going for. This is such an easy way to bring in a shade without having to go out and buy things. I also love using books to create elevation in my designs. This year, as I decorate for fall, I decided to go with navy blue, creamy tans, and elegant burgundy. It reminds me of a cozy fall sweater and I just love that all of the titles are in gold. Books are a great way to add height to your decorations on a table, bookshelf or mantle.
Decorate for fall using Florals
If you live in an area where the seasons change, I urge you to go for a walk outside and look at the elements in nature that evoke joy in your soul. Take your scissors with you and clip a few of these items. Use them in vases, or garlands on shelves and mantels. I love the look of dried hydrangea in the fall because the shades of brown are so beautiful. Wheat is also another great element to use for fall centerpieces or even to create a wreath for your front door. Acorns are also a great item to use spread along a table or put into a glass jar.
Leaves, branches, and berries, bring it inside and display it in an effortless way. I love to do this for every season because it’s free and it brings a sense of the outside indoors. I also enjoy the seasonal nature walk and the kids love to be a part of this too. The best part about this is after the season is done, you don’t have to store anything!
Decorate for fall using Real Elements
This goes along with the florals because these are real items. Additionally, you don’t have to store them once the season is over. Unlike most florals, these items you do need to buy (unless you grow them on your property). But you will use them up before the season is done. Pumpkins, apples, gords, butternut and acorn squash are all beautiful items that you can buy at your local grocery store. When you display them in your home, they quickly suggest autumn has arrived.
A quick way to decorate your kitchen for fall because all you have to do is display your produce. Simply put your favorite squashes into a wooden bowl or have a collection of apples in a basket. It doesn’t add any unnecessary clutter. It allows you to decorate your kitchen for the season. As you use up the items, just simply buy more. You aren’t spending anymore money because it’s all part of your grocery budget, cool huh?
Decorate for fall using Antiques
Gold, brass and bronze are instantly the perfect combination for the cooler months. These metals just evoke a sense of warmth as you display them throughout your home. Look for candlesticks, bowls, frames or special treasures such as birds or bells. These items can be used on your dining room table, fireplace mantle, or bedside table to create a beautiful vignette.
Decorate for fall using Artwork, quotes or hymns in vintage frames
You can either paint your own pictures, print free or cheap images online, or photograph your own pictures. You can use hymns or quotes that remind you of fall, or verses on harvest and gratitude. I like to have a few vintage frames that I change out seasonally to display different artwork. Maybe it’s an apple pie recipe in your grandmother’s handwriting that instantly brings back fond memories of fall baking. Pop it into a gold frame and instantly have beautiful, sentimental artwork in your kitchen.
If you like to use family photos, you can find different photos for each season of the year. Since fall is also football season, maybe find a picture of your husband in his football uniform. To make it extra timeless make it black and white. Whatever it is that you love about fall, take some time to bring that feeling into you home through photos, artwork or words. This is a timeless treasure and also a space for you to be creative.
Now what do you do with these elements?
1) Create Vignettes
Take a few of the elements above and put them together in different areas of your home. To decorate for fall, put together a bowl of squash in the center of your kitchen island. Or a group of candlesticks in a cozy corner with a pile of books and a blanket. You want to display a small grouping of items to create a beautiful statement in your home. It’s a great way to catch someone’s eye and create a story through a few personal touches. Show your timeless treasures and give them new life as you display them in an appealing way.
2)Odd number groupings
Odd number groupings are more appealing and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. So whether you are decorating your mantel or your bedside table do things in groups of three. As you collect the pieces of decor that I mentioned above, group them into odd numbers as you display them.
One idea for a fall mantle could be first a stack of books, a candlestick, and your third item could be a vase of wheat. On a bedside table, first you can do a stack of books in your fall color scheme. Second, you probably already have a lamp but if not you could add a candlestick. The third item on your bedside table could be pumpkin or a small antique treasure. Simply place the pumpkin or antique on the stack of books and you have a simple but elegant fall display.
Create an area in each room of your house that is super cozy. Start by adding a blanket draped on a chair with a cozy throw pillow. Next, put a stack of books and a lamp or candlestick on a table. This corner now simply invites you in to take a seat. As you think of coziness and what that means to you, create areas of you home to reflect that. This will create a home that is not only decorated for fall but it will create the feeling of fall within your home. As you create several areas to cozy up within your home, you will have effortlessly provided decor that is functional for the colder season ahead.
Cozy can also be the smells in the kitchen and warm chai tea. Just baking and cooking fall dishes will instantly make your home feel cozy. The scents of fall will create warmth and joy. Take time to think about what makes you feel cozy and bring that into your home through your five senses.
4)Convey your thoughts and feelings through your decor
Step away from all pumpkin related decor. Think back to what makes you think and feel the cozy season of autumn. Close your eyes and really let yourself think about this.
For me it’s crisp, cool days and beautiful changing leaves. Its seeing my breath as the sun goes down. It’s the smell of smoke coming from the chimneys in the neighborhood. Another thing I can smell is all the different evergreen trees as their scent perfumes the air.
Autumn is football and the chill in the air. I can almost feel and smell the warmth of crockpot dinners and pumpkin treats. Memories flood in of apple picking, wearing boots and sweaters as the leaves crunch under my feet. Also, I think of warm fall drinks such as apple cider and freshly made donuts at every pumpkin patch. As you see, fall is not just a season. Fall is a feeling.
5)Use your senses
As you discover what fall truly feels like to you, convey that emotion and sentiment through your decorating. As you decorate for fall, think about your five senses, use them to create the fondness and warmth of the season.
- Touch-may be the soft fabric of throw blankets and the warmth from a fire.
- Smell-could be the smell of pumpkin pie or the smell of a fire in your backyard. My favorite scent to diffuse in my home during fall is reminiscent of backyard fires mixed with the evergreen trees. I put these scents together in my diffuser. Another way to bring in scent is simply by making your favorite treats in your home.
- Taste- You can create fall in your home just by making your favorite meals. Those flavors will suddenly bring you back to your favorite fall memories. Chili, acorn squash, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin bread are all reminiscent of fall.
- See- Choose colors in your home that make you think of fall. Not what the stores are putting out this year. What colors did you see as your close your eyes and thought about fall? Was it navy and burgundy, or shades of cream and brown? Was it shade of green, orange and red? This is a great place to use books and outside florals to bring in your color.
- Hear- For me the sound of crunching leaves and quiet cool nights is the sound of fall. To bring this feeling into your home, you can create a playlist of songs or sounds of autumn. You can also open your windows to hear the breeze. Another memorable sound to me, is the sound of food cooking in the kitchen and football playing on the television. You can create that feeling in your home just by doing what you already would be doing.
Autumn is a feeling
As you shop around your home and decorate for fall look for colors that remind you of fall. And as you clip branches that bring in elements of nature… I hope it inspires you. Hopefully, you’ll see that you can have a truly timeless and collected home without spending a lot of time and money. I hope you to take time to think about what fall means to you and what it feels like. As you remember sentiments of coziness, warmth and smells of cinnamon and pine… may this post help you create those thoughts and feelings in your home.