It's official—fall is here! While Mother Nature works her magic outside, you can do the same inside. These easy fall home decor ideas can "autumn-atically" transform your living room, front porch, dining room, and more.
This is the time of year all about coziness and making your home as inviting as possible. We've pulled together some of the coolest fall decorating ideas that are not only impressive but aren't difficult to do. From a cozy entrance and a crackling fire in the hearth to some perfectly placed blankets and pillows, your home will come alive with the fall spirit.
And best of all, these ideas work with any budget. Many of the items you can use are already in your yard: pinecones, leaves, branches. With these easy home decorating ideas for fall, your home will be the envy of the neighborhood.
1. A Cozy Entryway and Foyer
Guests will feel at home from the minute they reach the front door. A fall door decoration really ups your home's curb appeal (we'll get to porch decorations in just a moment). A new coat of paint in an amber hue or wallpaper with colorful leaves immediately evokes the autumnal spirit. Adding some fresh orange and yellow flowers and a classic runner can make your home's entrance and foyer feel exceptionally welcoming.
2. Warm the Hearth With a Cozy Fire
There's no comfier living room than one with a crackling fire. As a nod to the fact that winter's right around the corner—and your fireplace will soon get much more use—have a professional come to ensure your chimney is in working order.
Bonus tip: Decorate your mantel with gourds, maize, and other fall cornucopia items.
3. Add Hanging Baskets
Baskets can be hung from almost anywhere inside or outside your home. Wall baskets add texture to a room and can work regardless of the season. But hanging baskets work best in fall when the warm golds, browns, and other buff colors are paired with pumpkins and other fall decorations.
4. Speaking of Pumpkins…
Tis the season for pumpkins! While you can place these orange baubles on your front porch for all to see, you can also place them around your home's interior. After all, it can be fall indoors, too. Place some pumpkins where guests wouldn't typically expect to see them, such as in a corner in your foyer or on a countertop in your kitchen. Pumpkins help conjure the spirit of the season-best, adding a cozy ambiance wherever they're spotted—so think of other rooms in your home that could use a bit of the fall spirit.
5. Create a Gourd Display in Your Kitchen
Got some baskets left over from the third idea above? Or maybe some colorful bowls to match the season? Fill them with gourds and place them around your kitchen on countertops, on the table, or even on top of your fridge (when was the last time you looked up there? Fridge tops become a catch-all, and this is the perfect time to clean off the top of your refrigerator). Too many gourds? Fill some bowls with pinecones, apples, or fall-scented potpourri.
6. Forage for a Display All Your Own
Looking for a unique way to add some fall flair to your dining room? Forage your yard for fallen leaves or branches, and then style your findings in a vase. Not only is this a beautiful way to bring fall indoors—but it doesn't cost a thing!
7. Brighten Your Kitchen Floor
Regardless of how big or small your kitchen is—or even its current color scheme—new flooring always changes a space. And you don't have to spend a ton completely overhauling your kitchen flooring—a simple throw rug in warm, fall colors can really add to your home's comfy vibe while displaying your style. A multi-colored runner could change the ambiance of your kitchen so well; you may even decide to keep it year-round.
8. Make Art with Leaves
Many people have traditions of finding leaves and then pressing them in the pages of a book. Take this tradition one step further and use the leaves to make decorative statement pieces. Instead of framing them, use a mounting spray to affix them to white card stock. Use golden thumbtacks to tack the finished pieces to your walls—consider an orderly pattern for even more appeal.
9. Hang Wreaths
Wreaths work for all occasions and seasons, but especially during fall. You can add a wreath to your front door, on the inside or outside of windows, the breakfast nook, or even a bare wall to bring in the season. Fall wreaths can have various decorations, such as apples, mini maize cobs, and even fall flowers. This is a great way to herald in the season—indoors or out.
10. Create an Autumn Vignette
Capture fall with a themed space indoors or out. For instance, get your porch ready for fall with a pretty, yet functional rustic bench. It's perfect even as the seasons change—for cozy cups of cocoa with a warm, wool blanket or for putting on boots once the season changes yet again. A basket with pinecones or firewood and a long, fall-colored runner completes the look—and the runner even doubles as a doormat!
11. Go Crazy on the Outside
For some things, less is more—but for fall home decor ideas, more is definitely more. For instance, decorate the entire space outside your home—think gourds and pumpkins in mounds around your yard; cozy blankets draped across your porch swing, rocking chair, or outdoor seating area; giant wreaths that can weather all the holidays from Halloween to Thanksgiving and even Christmas.