Updated Nov 5, 2022
Fall is a magical time known for its tumbling leaves, precious pumpkins, and bewitching colors. The air becomes crisp, transforming the outdoors into a vibrant wonderland of thick sweaters and crackling bonfires. Meanwhile, it’s the perfect time to cozy up indoors with some cider and bask in the comforts of home.
If you love fall as much as we do, you know there’s no better way to welcome the season than with cheerful home decor. We’ll show you 10 seasonal decorating ideas to get you through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and everything in between.
Grapevine is a fantastic decorating tool for your fall home design. The vine’s neutral woody color is the perfect accent to the other fall colors around your home.
We like grapevine wreaths for fall front door decor. They’re budget-friendly, simple to make, and practically scream that fall has arrived. Premade grapevine wreaths are easy to find at craft stores and usually cost under $50. Or, you can make your own grapevine wreath to have a fun project along with your beautiful finished product.
We suggest using a material like this grapevine garland from Amazon for a quick and easy decoration. Once you’ve assembled and secured the wreath, add fun accents like bows, berries, leaves, and florals for a personalized design.
A fall leaf wreath is another must-have decoration for your home. This decoration incorporates the vibrant fall foliage many people imagine when they think about the season. Your wreath’s reds, yellows, oranges, and browns will pop brightly against any type of home. Although you can use real leaves from your yard, we suggest building a wreath from artificial leaves. They’ll keep their crisp colors and eye-catching shapes year-round, so you can use this decoration fall after fall.
This video from Factory Direct Craft shows how to make a DIY fall leaf wreath:
Decorate your home’s entryway with pumpkins for a classic yet simple fall porch design. We like using real pumpkins for front porch decor because they come in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes.
White pumpkins are especially useful for fall decor because they create a chic yet undoubtedly autumnal design. They look fantastic in front of any type of home but absolutely pop in front of red brick. Place some leading up your front porch stairway, intermingling plaid or burlap ribbon for a pop of texture. Then, remember to add in some spooky orange jack-o’-lanterns when Halloween comes around.
Just as you begin layering your clothes, you can layer different textures and patterns in your home to create a cozy fall atmosphere indoors. Seasonal table decorations are one of the easiest ways to spruce up your home design with lovely, layered fabrics.
Burlap will add a touch of rustic charm to your fall dining room decor. Layer a burlap table runner atop a classic plaid tablecloth for a fabulous fall table. Burlap’s versatile appearance and natural texture pair well with red buffalo plaid or traditional black tartan.
Incorporate this idea into your Thanksgiving table design for a gobble-worthy display. The coordinated tablecloth and runner will look amazing underneath matching place settings and delicious homemade dishes.
Welcome guests to your dining room with a charming tabletop vignette. A vignette is a grouping of objects used to form a tiny scene or eye-catching centerpiece. We love vignettes for the fall and winter because you can group your favorite decor items into one seasonal tablescape.
The key to creating a stylish vignette is to group items similar in texture and theme. This would mean incorporating natural elements like wood and leaves and a rich, autumnal color scheme for a fall centerpiece.
We suggest using fall classics like gourds, leaves, acorns, and more. Fill glass vases with acorns and pine cones, then situate mini pumpkins throughout the display. Or, intermingle fall flowers and white pumpkins in a grapevine basket for the perfect seasonal centerpiece.
Decorating your home with fall flowers is one of the easiest seasonal design solutions. Even simple fall arrangements will add a burst of fall color to any space.
The key to creating a beautiful fall bouquet is to mix bold fall colors with subtle greenery and other natural elements. Mix mums, sunflowers, red lilies, and eucalyptus leaves in a classic white vase. Or, incorporate fresh magnolias and orange daisies for an exquisite floral display. Once your fresh-cut flowers are situated in their container, add some dried hydrangeas and decorative twigs as the finishing touch.
This tutorial from the Floral Design Institute shows how to make a fall flower arrangement:
Give your living room a fall makeover with some stylish seasonal throw pillows. Throw pillows are an excellent decorating tool if you need to add a touch of luxury and style to your living room sofa.
Parachute Home offers the following tips for decorating with throw pillows:
Candlesticks are an enchanting addition to any fall home design. They provide a classic appeal that’s perfect for leading into the Halloween season. We suggest choosing versatile candleholders that match the rest of your home’s aesthetic. Then, you can switch out the candlesticks depending on your seasonal design needs.
Maroon or beige candles are wonderful options for the start of the fall season. They’ll signal the long-awaited changing of leaves and excitement for crisp weather. As October approaches, you can replace the candlesticks with oranges and blacks for a classic Halloween aesthetic. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, cozy red and cream-colored candlesticks will accent your remaining fall decor and transition smoothly into the Christmas season.
Luminaries are the perfect decoration for your fall porch. As the days get shorter, these lovely little lanterns will light up your front stairway, welcoming visitors into your cheerful home.
You can make your own fall luminaries using mason jars and tea lights. Or, you can cut fun fall shapes into paper bags for a more rustic look. Fill the bottom of the bag or jar with pebbles or festively colored marbles to anchor the decoration to the ground. Then, put in some small battery-powered lights, and your luminaries are ready to shine.
We suggest making Halloween-themed luminaries for the big night. Trick-or-treaters will have no trouble finding their way up to your porch for some tasty treats.
Artistic homeowners will love decorating their spaces with hand-drawn chalkboard displays. All you need for this decor idea is a chalkboard, various fall chalk colors, and some creativity.
Draw a colorful autumn scene complete with falling leaves and a crackling bonfire. Or, sketch a pumpkin patch full of pleasantly plump gourds. Finish off your masterpiece with a little calligraphy and a fun fall saying.
As the season progresses, you can update your chalkboard to coordinate with the holidays. Make it spooky for Halloween with some ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, and not-so-scary skeletons. Then, whip up a carefully crafted Thanksgiving menu for your guests to enjoy before the big meal.
We hope these decor ideas help you transform your home into a cheerful fall retreat. The most important part of decorating your home for any season is choosing items that fit your style and goals.
If you aren’t a fan of traditional fall aesthetics, don’t hesitate to get creative. Put a personal twist on your home’s fall color scheme by painting gourds or incorporating white pumpkins and black plaid for a versatile yet seasonal flair.