Fall is finally upon us, and it’s time to get your home ready for hosting family and friends. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a three-bedroom house, you can make plenty of swaps with your everyday decor to give it a festive vibe.
If you’re like us, as much as we live, laugh, and love fall and pumpkins, we don’t need a sign to tell us what time of year it is. Here are some creative, non-cheesy fall decor ideas that will transform your space this year.
Waft-in Fall Fragrances
One of the biggest secrets in interior design is having the right scent in your space. Without changing your decor, you can give your home a fall vibe by switching to a fall-themed fragrance throughout your home. Do this by simply using an essential oils diffuser, potpourri, or making a simmer pot before you host. Traditional fall scents include apple, cinnamon, orange, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. Or, if you’re looking for a more earthy fall fragrance, look towards cedarwood, juniper, palo santo, rosemary, and frankincense.
Mix in Autumn-Themed Candles
Candle companies make it easy to change the scent in your home. But, if you find scented candles overwhelming, you can still use candles to create a fall mood in your space. Choose unscented pillars or taper candles in festive colors such as dark oranges, deep reds, mustard yellow, olive green, or cream to achieve a festive look.
You can even take it further by purchasing autumn-themed candlesticks or votive holders. If you’re crafty, you can make your own using a smaller candle in a large glass jar and fill the extra space with seasonal items like corn kernels, acorns, small pinecones, whole nutmeg, or allspice. Add a bow made of burlap ribbon or twine for a bit of extra flare.
Pick Seasonal Fruit
When it comes to fall decor ideas, always look towards mother nature. Perhaps the easiest way to make your space look festive is to add a fruit bowl to your counter filled with fruits of the season. Add a variety of different apples, pears, and oranges. Doing so will add a pop of color. Choose a fruit bowl that gives off an autumn vibe, like wood, jute, amber glass, terracotta, deep red, or gold, for an extra touch. Or, simply stick with a wicker basket for that farm fresh feel.
Try Amber-Colored Glass
Another quick way to give your home fall vibes is to swap out your traditional vases for amber-colored glass, such as mason jars, vintage glassware, or designer amber glass vases. This simple switch adds warmth to your space, giving it an instant fall upgrade. You can make these jars even more festive by wrapping jute string around their neck or base.
Add more Patterns and Textures
Most fall decor ideas focus on your mantle, coffee table, or bookshelf, but this one is for the sofa. Fall is the perfect time to pull out the extra throws and accent pillows. Choose knits, patterns, and textures to give it that extra cozy feel. Stick with fabrics such as boucle, chenille, velvet, cashmere, leather, flannel, and sherpa fleece. As far as patterns go, incorporate buffalo check, plaid, stripes, geometrics, and dots into the mix. Just be sure to distribute color evenly and combine texture, solids, and patterns.
Incorporate Dried and Fresh Fall Florals
In-season stems and plants are a cheerful way to give your apartment a festive look. What’s fun about fall is that you have plenty of options. For fresh bouquets and plants, look for sunflowers, lilies, daisy poms, celosia, roses in autumn colors, and mums. Fall is also a great time to incorporate dried leaves, flowers, and grasses into your decor. Choose an assortment of oak branches, dried eucalyptus, pampas grass, bunny tails, cotton, and dried wheat to give your home a fall vibe.
Create A Spicy Rustic Garland
Dried citrus, apples, pears, and whole spices are the perfect ingredients for a fall space. While placing some in a decorative bowl gives an instant touch of fall, you can also get a bit more creative by transforming them into a rustic garland. Using a branch, jute string, dried citrus, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary, you can create a rustic macrame piece that is boho chic. Or, go the more traditional route and string together dried oranges, rosemary sprigs, and cinnamon sticks. Not crafty? It’s okay. Many artists sell them too! Either way, this fall decor idea adds a bit of color and the perfect autumn touch to your home.
Go Light On the Pumpkins
While pumpkins are great, they’re a bit overdone when it comes to fall decor. Instead, bring in other fall elements into your decor. Instead of adding pumpkins, opt for other gourds and squashes. Consider adding other elements as well, like apples, pears, pinecones, and acorns. Not only does this give you a different form factor, but it increases the range of color in your decor.
Switch Up Your Linens
The smallest fall decor ideas can yield big results when giving your home that fall feeling. Swap out your regular linens for ones that fit a fall color scheme; think ochre, olive, brown, rust, maroon, gray, and black. You can do this with your bath towels, bedsheets, tablecloths, kitchen towels, shower curtains, etc., bringing fall to every room of your home. Don’t forget you’re not locked into solid colors. You can add fall patterns and textures this way too!
Bring in Fall Accents
Adding the most seemingly benign decor items can give your home fresh fall vibes. To get the biggest payoff, look to incorporate natural materials into your decor, such as terracotta vases or bowls, natural wooden elements, and antique metals. Another easy element to add to your decor is burlap. Wrap some books in brown paper, stack them, and tie them together with a burlap ribbon for a quick and easy fall decor piece.
Whether you’re looking for some DIY options, want to add new pieces, or want to spruce up your existing interior design, these fall decor ideas will help your home feel cozy and warm this fall. What are some of your favorite ways to give your space a fall makeover?