17 decorating and decorating ideas for fall


Though some people thrive in summer, others look forward to the season of sweater weather, pumpkin spice, and apple—all and the joys of bringing fall decor and textures to every corner of their space.

Luckily, with fall garnering a huge following, there are many clever and elegant ways to incorporate pumpkins, candles, chunky knits, dried flowers and wreaths into your indoor and living spaces. The key is to keep it simple by choosing pieces that give off the atmosphere you want without cluttering up your living room, front door, and dining table.

From the inside out, here’s our ultimate guide to fall decorating, straight from design experts who have mastered the perfect balance.

Porch and door decor for fall

Classic Honeysuckle Patio Pot for Home and Garden ($38.84; amazon.com)

Think outdoor flowers are just for summer? Think again, says Rainey Richardson, the director of Rainey Richardson Interiors. She recommends planting chrysanthemums, a hearty, flowering plant that thrives in the fall. “Choose the yellow, orange, red, or even purple color scheme and plant them in a large pot,” she says. “With little maintenance, these plants should last through the fall and make your porch inviting.”

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Faux Rusted Eucalyptus Plant Wreath ($34.99; target.com)

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Faux Rusted Eucalyptus Plant Wreath

If you want to update your home with a fall look but time is short, a fall-inspired wreath will add character to your front door. Depending on your style, Richardson says, you can keep it simple with a twist or swag made of fall leaves, or go lavish with different textures, dried flowers, and even a burlap bow.

Balmuda The Lantern ($199; amazon.com)

Balmuda The Lantern

The spookiest time of year calls for mood lighting—even if you’re more focused on mood than spooky, says Cynthia Montoya, lead designer and founder of Urban Gypsy: Styled. Instead of the super-bright bulbs you usually turn on, consider a dimmable option, or one that changes color with Wi-Fi or Alexa. You can also add some flare with an outdoor lantern or two that give you the same functionality.

Artoid Mode Pumpkin Welcome Decorative Doormat ($30.99; amazon.com)

Artoid Mode Pumpkin Welcome Decorative Doormat

Whether you opt for a team pumpkin or choose a clever fall-inspired saying, a seasonal doormat goes a long way to sprucing up your front door. Montoya says that not only does it keep up with your overall theme, but it also keeps your porch looking fresh and festive.

Table decoration in autumn

Artesia Natural Rattan Charger Plate ($12.95; crateandbarrel.com)

Artesia underplate made of natural rattan

Richardson says chargers are a quick and easy way to add a fall feel to your table. “Choose wicker or even plastic grains in a gorgeous fall color and place them under your regular dinner plates to add warmth and weight to the table,” she recommends.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Metal 3-Count Taper Candelabra ($16.99; target.com)

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Metal 3-Count Taper Candelabra

As Richardson says, this season is the perfect time to gather all of your candlesticks and place them in the center of your table. “Different types and heights and types of holders will increase interest,” she continues. “Fill in colorful autumn flowers at different heights to add color and ambiance to your table.”

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Large Wood Paddle Serve Board with Handles ($39.99; target.com)

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Large Wooden Paddle Board with Handles

One of the biggest design trends of 2021 has been bringing natural elements and textures into your home, and fall offers ample opportunity for experimentation, says Montoya.

“We stick to nature, comfort and earth tones, using fresh and dried greens and flowers to add natural pops of seasonal color throughout the home, particularly as centerpieces in artisanal ceramics,” she says.

To achieve this, she recommends adding hand-woven cotton linens as the first layer to your tabletop medley. Then combine it with round leather placemats and complete it with a precious marble or wooden tray to place your vase on.

Mantelpiece fall decoration

Project 62 Over the Mantel Mirror Natural MDF Backing ($70; target.com)

Project 62 Above the mantelpiece Natural MDF backing

“To create a focal point, lean a large mirror against your mantel and place a framed photo of friends or family on either side of the mirror to make it off-center,” Richardson recommends. This draws attention to the heart (aka the hearth) of your space.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia 17.5-Inch Artificial Wheatgrass Foliage Potted Plant ($19.99; target.com)

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia 17.5 inch Faux Wheatgrass Foliage Potted Plant

Dried flowers are often found in fall-inspired bouquets and wreaths, but they can stand just as strongly on their own. Richardson recommends finding an old jar or favorite vase and placing it on one end of the mantle. Then fill it with dried fall flowers and use fall colored ribbon to tie a decorative bow around the container to complete the space.

Dried Fall Leaves and Salal Garland ($249; potterybarn.com)

    Dried autumn leaves and salal garland

According to Montoya, this season is all about oversized greens. You can do this with a large garland that wraps around your mantel. Or you can collect vases that mix ceramic, terracotta, and woven rattan to fill with dried or fresh flowers. “Seasonal colors can make a big impact with lots of colors, or you can keep fall neutral with dried sprigs of okra, wheat, and pampas,” she adds.

Autumn decoration in the living room

Autumnal Hayride Candle ($34; homesick. com)

Autumn Hayride Candle

As with any season, Richardson says, one of the best ways to evoke the feel of fall in your home is through smell. “Choose pumpkin spice, clove or cinnamon candles and light them in your family room. If you light more than one, the whole house will be filled with the unmistakable scent of autumn,” she says.

Pumpkin Glass Tealight Holder ($50; uncommongoods.com)

Pumpkin glass tealight holder

And if you want to take it a step further, try this festive tealight holder, which contains an LED tealight and creates an orange, warm ambiance.

Sill Embroidered Pumpkin Square Throw Pillow Orange ($15; target.com)

Embroidered Pumpkin Square Throw Pillow Orange

Your couch might already have a throw pillow or two, but now it’s time to give it a seasonal twist. Swap out your everyday ones for orange, red, brown, yellow, dark green, and other fall colors. Have fun with textures and sizes, too, as they all make your fall nap more comfortable, Richardson adds.

Threshold Cable Knit Chenille Throw Blanket ($24.99; target.com)

Threshold Cable Knit Chenille Throw Blanket

Grab a chunky knit throw in olive, clay, or putty hues to continue incorporating these fall tones into your current decor, Montoya recommends.

“For an enhanced look, you can finish with rich cotton or velvet drapes in copper and dusty rose tones to really lean into the fall and winter months and give your home that warm, cozy feel you desire,” she adds added.

Autumn decoration outdoors

Artificial Orange Pumpkins ($27.99; amazon.com)

Artificial orange pumpkins

Nothing says fall like a bunch of pumpkins. And the possibilities are endless – from real to fake, colorful or classic orange, textured or smooth. Have fun with this part of decorating and experiment with different groupings. “Stack the pumpkins next to a tree, along a sidewalk, or use hay bales to provide a different level of display,” says Richardson.

Christopher Knight Home Catriona Outdoor Bench in Acacia Wood with Metal Accents ($109.95, originally $136.20; amazon.com)

Christopher Knight Home Catriona outdoor bench in acacia wood with metal accents

Richardson recommends putting a bench in your front or back yard and adding some outdoor cushions in fall colors or with cute sayings like “Hello Fall” or “Happy Fall Y’all.”

“Once the bench is covered, you can drape a cozy blanket over the backrest to make it even more inviting,” she adds.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia 30-inch Wood-Fired Steel Fire Pit ($150; target.com)

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia 30-inch wood-fired steel fireplace

Depending on what zip code you call your home, you may need to add a small fire to your yard if you want to spend time outdoors comfortably. According to Montoya, you can easily do this with decorative freestanding heaters and/or freestanding fireplaces on the patio or in the garden.

“In any case, make sure your patio furniture is conveniently positioned around it so you can enjoy the garden while staying warm,” she adds.


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