Fall is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! There is something extra magical about the season as the temperature cools, the pumpkins come out, the leaves change, and we finally have an excuse to wear cozy sweaters, flannel and boots.
It’s time to welcome the season with open arms—and guess what? You don’t even have to leave your house to do so. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall home decorating ideas, tips and tricks so that you can make your home look and feel as cozy as possible. We can’t wait to see what you do with your decor this season!
Welcome in the season at your front door
First impressions are important. That’s why your seasonal decor should always start at your front door! Get your porch and/or front door ready for the season with planters full of mums, pumpkins, gourds, a festive doormat and a few lanterns to add a welcoming glow to evenings. And don’t be afraid to create arrangements in layers! Place potted plants on top of different levels of boxes and choose pumpkins in varying sizes to create an orchestra of color that welcomes you home every day.
Spread small arrangements throughout the house
Ask any decorator about the best ways to decorate for fall and they all agree: small arrangements. Clusters of pumpkins, gourds, fall leaves, a bouquet of flowers, crowns of greenery and more spread throughout the house will create eye-catching moments of fall excitement wherever you go! Try placing at least one small arrangement—even if it’s just a grouping of two to three pumpkins—in any place you gather often. Near the front door, on the dining room table, next to the TV and even in the kitchen!
Play with textures
Fall, just like spring, is a season full of juxtaposition. Life and death. Old and new. Outdoors and indoors—you get the idea. So play into that idea with contrasting textures like plaid and faux fur; fancy china and antique tins; burlap and soft fleece. Small details like this can easily cozy up your home and help welcome in the exciting new season.
Put seasonal produce on full display
When we think of autumn, we’re imagining the changing leaves, pumpkins, corn husks, gourds, sweet potato vines and more natural pieces. That’s why your fall decor should always take advantage of the seasonal bounty. Use pumpkins to liven up any corner of the room. Sprinkle fall leaves over flat surfaces and proudly display sunflowers anywhere you can. Crabapple branches are also very popular these days, especially when placed in sturdy antique glass bottles and vases.
Focus on the outdoors
When decorating your home for the new season, we can’t forget about one of the most important parts: the backyard. Cool fall nights are perfect for lounging around a campfire so if you can, create your own fire pit! We have a handy how-to guide that you can follow along with. Fairy lights, pumpkins, hay bales, and cozy picnic blankets will make great accents for your new autumn paradise.
Pile on the blankets
Brrr, it’s getting cold out there! One of the best things you can do to decorate your home for fall is to include blankets into the decor. Not only does it make your home feel welcoming and cozy—but they will also be helpful during those cool autumn nights and breezy weekend mornings!
Don’t be afraid to layer
The more layers, the better! If you would normally put one throw pillow on your couch—use two. Add a few extra blankets to your beds; use two table cloths instead of one; and get creative with cushy, decorative rugs all around your home. By adding more and more layers, it helps fill any open, soaring space and gives off a snug, homey feel that you’ll love all season long.
Filter in some moody colors
Fall isn’t just about the oranges, yellows and reds. We also love to use moody colors that help set a darker mood. Navy blues, deep aquas, rich greens, jet blacks are all colors that usually get ignored during this bright season. But if you’re going for a more modern look, don’t be afraid to play around with darker hues.
Don’t forget the autumn candles
Fall-scented candles are our favorite part of the entire season. It’s amazing that with just the flick of a match and the lighting of a candle, you can set the mood for an entire house! While your home can look like the perfect autumn oasis, it won’t really feel like it until scents of pumpkins, campfires, leaves, apples and spices are wafting around your space. Luckily, Ann Arbor has a few amazing candle companies that can help you get into the fall spirit, like VogueBooge Candles and Green Daffodil Soy Candleworks.
How are you planning on decorating your home for the new season? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’re looking for some places to find all your new home decor pieces, check out our article: The 8 Best Independent Home Decor Stores in Ann Arbor.