As we say goodbye to summer’s heat and hello to cooler temperatures outside, many savvy design lovers crave a change on the inside of their homes as well. To find fall decor inspiration, look no further than nature, with its changing leaves in hues of red, orange, yellow, magenta and even purple. It’s the perfect time to embrace decorating for fall and make a few small changes to bring the outdoors in.
While some homeowners prefer to keep the status quo year-round, others are hungry for fall decor ideas to flow with seasonal changes. To make interior spaces a little cozier, you can easily style with throw blankets that come out for fall and winter, or put out extra pillows that are perfect for watching TV and sitting by the fireplace with family.
Here are a few easy fall decor ideas to get you in the spirit of the season.
Layer in Fall Fun with Seasonal Touches
Don’t let the idea of decorating for fall feel overwhelming. It’s really about using your home’s existing decor as a foundation and layering some key touches onto what you already have. Look for plush pillows covered autumn-inspired fabrics like Sunbrella’s Cast Currant, Enrich Ruby, Heritage Ashe, Intent Mink or Essential Russet and drape sofas and beds with blankets in complementing colors. A fluffy accent rug can make a room feel extra inviting.
Bring The Outdoors In
In many parts of the world, fall is the golden season when outdoor temperatures are perfectly enjoyable. Take the opportunity to spend as much time outdoors as possible. If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom or covered porch, make it feel homey by scattering some all-weather pillows on exterior furniture or a porch swing. If you don’t have an indoor/outdoor space, consider opening your windows for crisp fresh air or using natural decor—such as brightly colored leaves foraged from your yard, feathers, stalks of wheat or autumnal gourds—inside.
Get Creative with Fall Decor on Surfaces
Think of your home’s surfaces—from dining tables and entryway consoles to countertops and fireplace mantels—as opportunities to style for the season. Refreshing your dining room table with a new runner and placemats can give it an instant upgrade. Choose fresh flowers in your favorite autumn hues to create a centerpiece (vivid orange marigolds, yellow roses and bright red anemones are favorites) and round out the tablescape with colored candles.
Don’t stop decorating for fall if you don’t love traditional “fall” colors in your home. Instead, take inspiration from other more neutral colors and textures in nature—like pale wheat and blush-colored feathers—and do your seasonal refresh on your terms. For instance, a fireplace hearth will look ready for cooler temperatures with a basket of bleached logs and a stack of cozy plaid blankets in your favorite shades. You’re only limited by your imagination.
Spice Up Your Bathrooms
Don’t forget about your bathrooms, especially if you have a powder room that guests use when they visit. Rather than a top-to-bottom fall decor overhaul, consider adding a few key elements. You might choose to switch out your neutral shower curtain for something in a bolder seasonal shade like Sunbrella’s Cast Petal or Canvas Teak. Add coordinating hand towels and soap or a candle in your favorite fall fragrance (look for names like “Pumpkin Patch,” “Vanilla Chai,” “Orange Cider” or “Cinnamon Sugar”), and your guest bathroom will become an oasis of calm.
For other sources for fall decor ideas, seek out Pinterest and Instagram (see our favorites in The 10 Best Interior Design Instagram Accounts for Inspiration).