There are countless reasons to enjoy fall–drives along tree-lined roads, gatherings of family and friends, and the sudden craving for anything pumpkin spiced just to name a few. When fall is in the air, there is a certain magic to it that cannot be ignored. Nature seems to give one last beautiful and enchanting hurrah before winter takes its toll, and we are lucky enough to be spectators of her performance.
Thankfully, this delightfully rustic season doesn’t have to come to an end when the last leaf does. The warm décor of autumn can be enjoyed through harsh winter months in the colors and furnishings of your home. If spring is the season for cleaning, fall is the season for change, including mixing up the colors and textures of your home.
Bring out the autumn lover in you with these fall home-decorating tips.
Wreaths and Gourds
Wreaths make excellent fall décor because of their versatility. Create one-of-a-kind door hangings or arrange them on the wall as you would frames. You can mix up the materials for a different look every week. Try tucking berry branches into a basic twig wreath, tying a burlap ribbon bow around the bottom, and adding a few pheasant feathers your first week. Then switch it up by adding colorful fruits such as pomegranates or hedge apples. You can’t go wrong. Week by week, nature provides new elements to incorporate, and the rustic autumn colors will last all season long.
Gourds can also be versatile décor statements because they can easily be spruced up and at an inexpensive cost. Upgrade your harvest-themed centerpiece by painting your gourds a metallic copper shade. Or group your gourds on a side table, and let the collection speak for itself. If you want to try something different than the traditional gourd basket, use your gourds as tablecloth weights or as place cards.
Related: Discover more great festive fall decor ideas in our blog 5 October Decorating Tips for Your Home
If you REALLY want to amp up the Thanksgiving decor for the holiday right around the corner and need a project quick, fun, and simple, try this Pinterest-inspired wreath. Cut out leaf shapes in autumn-colored construction paper and take turns writing out what you are thankful for along the top of the leaf. Then glue the leaves (thankful side up) along a Styrofoam wreath so that the leaves fan out. You can wrap the Styrofoam in brown fabric prior to the gluing to give it that wooden wreath appearance or use a real wooden wreath instead. See our example from Bill Beazley Homes below!
Autumn colors are iconic, offering comfort, warmth, and welcome. To achieve this same feeling in your own home look to the changing fall leaves for inspiration. Wrap your room in glowing warmth with the golden yellow of maple leaves, and add a touch of fiery red hues with a painting or throw pillows. Add a pop of burnt orange or mocha brown. Reds and yellows look great against stone fireplaces and with a touch of natural wood elements. The trick is to try and not use TOO MUCH inspiration. Use just one fall flower such as a chrysanthemum and match its vibrant tones to colors on a paint-chip card, the lighter shades on the card can then be used as the basis for your room’s color scheme. The result will be a season-inspired room that will last though February.
As the weather cools down, allow textured fabrics to take the place of summer’s neutral cotton furnishings. Velvets, flannel, wool, tweed, and houndstooth are classic fabrics that will add instant warmth to any room in your home.
These fabrics act as great insulators as fall brings with it the natural instinct to hibernate and burrow under a thick layer of covers. In addition, by selecting a new set of bed coverings, you can automatically change the look of your bedroom without a lot of hassle or expense. Adding a new area rug or a selection of decorative pillows in autumnal colors or fabrics can also create a warmer atmosphere in any room.
Creating a cozy autumn look can be simple and easy with just the right touches. An easy and affordable way to change the look of any room is to add pillows, decorative throws, or slipcovers that introduce a variety of fall hues. Try using reversible fabrics to make transition between seasons even easier, or to switch up colors or patterns mid season.
The great thing about fall décor is that natural materials inspire it. Branches, greenery, and rough elements are easy to come by during the fall. So take a drive through a tree-lined street in the CSRA with a friend (we have some great neighborhoods to choose from such as The Retreat at Storm Branch), sip a pumpkin spice latte, and get inspired to decorate.