It’s fall, ya’ll! As you’re breaking out the warmer clothing and cinnamon spice latte, you might decide to do some season-inspired home decorating. Even if the normal fall colors and decor don’t excite you, there are more creative ways to welcome in summer’s cooler cousin. Here are 11 unique autumn decorating ideas for both indoors and outside your home.
Overall Decorating Ideas
Start with broad plans for transforming your home from summer sunshine into fall flourish.
Make a medley. Don’t just focus on one color, texture, or theme when you’re decorating for fall. Bring in a handful of each with an array of different items. This will do more to add a unique perspective to your home’s ambiance than sticking to a narrow idea.
Mix in non-traditional colors. Yes, dark green and rich gold paired with burnt orange are all fall classics. Why not add white to set these hues off? Or throw in some neutral tans and grays? Other, lesser-used stars that pack a visual punch are foamy green and terracotta. Top your idea with a tiny bit of teal or deep purple for an unexpected pop of color.
Pull out your crafting stuff. Fall is a wonderful time to use your creativity to design a one-of-a-kind look for your space. Hit Pinterest to find tons of ideas for welcome signs, bold floral arrangements, and cool picture frames that complement your fall theme.
Use some reclaimed materials. You don’t have to buy new material to make your fall decor dream come alive. There are undoubtedly items sitting around your house now that you can use! Old baskets, candles, bowls, and photo frames can be reworked with your chosen autumn colors. A simple coat of paint or a couple of inexpensive additions to fill the baskets and bowls breathes new life into your space.
Dress Up the Outside
Bring your fall spirit into the outdoors with these decorating ideas.
Go beyond a door wreath. Anyone can hang a wreath on their door and call it a day. Up the game with your front door adornment. Make or purchase a monogram of your last initial and paint it bronze or another metal hue that looks good against your door’s color. You can also put hangers on a wicker basket and add fall flowers for a hanging bouquet that is sure to please everyone who knocks.
Embrace flowers and plants. Little else gives life to a space like live plants. Purchase some brightly colored mums, zinnias, and dahlias and plant them in wood or tin pots. Large containers with a mix of flowers and spilling greenery look fantastic at this time of year, too.
You will probably spend more time inside as the weather gets cooler, so create delightful decor that fits your fall mood.
Concentrate on cozy. Think warm, soft, snuggly, and safe when you’re creating or buying fall decor items for your indoor spaces. Use richly colored pillows and thick, luxurious throws on your seating. Add candles in old-fashioned jars or in rustic candleholders for a warm evening glow. Find some area rugs to cover parts of your flooring to finish off the look. Plus, your feet will thank you.
Bring the outdoors in. Use pine cones or acorns to fill a large bowl for some easy rustic decor, or make a dried flower arrangement to add to a corner that needs brightening.
Be afraid of ghosts… not prints. Dashes of bold prints add dimension and interest to your overall look. Use pops of warm-colored plaid in your living room and den. Find some black-and-white checked pillows or throws for an unexpected bit of sophistication to add to the mix.
Decor can be yummy. Don’t wait until Halloween to break out this season’s candy. In fact, you can use it as part of your decor! Fill tall clear glass vases with candy corn, tie them with raffia, and set them on the table by the entrance, or use a large bowl with deep red apples as a dining table centerpiece.
Engage your sense of smell. Autumn is hands-down the best smelling season of all! Tie some cinnamon sticks with pretty ribbon and stack them in a bowl by your entryway to be a welcome scent for all who enter. Find some pumpkin spice or warm vanilla candles and light them in the evening to enjoy. A stovetop potpourri is a quick way to make your kitchen smell divine.
Freshening up your home with some unique fall decorating ideas doesn’t have to take lots of time or be expensive. With a bit of imagination and vision, you’ll end up with a beautiful, cozy, and great smelling house.