As soon as the weather turns crisp, we’re ready to pull out our autumn decor. Our philosophy: One can never be too cozy, or have too many pumpkins, come fall.
Think you’re not into fall decor? While you might not be grabbing an armful of gourds at the farmer’s market, you’ve likely admired all the gorgeous fall foliage available at the florist.
Fall decor can get kitschy, so we’re zeroing in on more pared-back modern ideas to make your home feel warm and inviting. From curb appeal to tablescapes, we’ve rounded up our favourite fall decor ideas which bring the outdoors into the home, combined with soft textures for that cozy factor.
For the minimalists out there, we have a few fall decor ideas for you too—because a porch full of mums and pumpkins isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Scroll ahead to get inspired!
Start your decor planning by choosing a couple of colours that work with the neutrals in your home. Right now we’re into warmer colours that are inspired by nature like camel, paprika, cinnamon, amber, mustard, ginger, bronze, and wheat.
You might prefer softer greens like moss and sage with greys; or deep purples like aubergine and plum with dark green. If you’re struggling to mesh fall decor with your current space, just stick with the basics like simple greenery or neutral grasses, which will help elevate any space..
We have a confession to make. While we love the traditional orange pumpkin on display for the sake of the littles in our lives, we’re finding that we’re drawn to its more uncommon cousins like heirloom pumpkins and winter squashes. These alternatives to traditional pumpkins can be pastel-coloured, striped, speckled, and come in an awe-inspiring range of shapes.
Layer or stack an assortment of squashes for an eye-catching fall display. Kabocha, Carnival, Buttercup, and Hubbard are nice alternatives—but there are so many more.
If you’re short on time to seek out interesting squashes, there’s always fall fruit to fall back on: apples, pears, and pomegranates on a rustic platter or bowl. Nuts in shells work well too, like hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts, and pecans.
This is where decision paralysis can set in. Do you cover the front steps with pumpkins and re-do the planters with purple fountain grass and Chrysanthemums, or keep it chic with only a few squashes?
Either way, the most appealing modern looks layer decor at different levels – such as on the door, beside the door, down the steps – in a cohesive palette.
A stunning fall wreath can be admired anywhere in your home—not just on the front door. We’ve seen them in the entryway, above the fireplace, in the bedroom, and in the kitchen.
Beautiful wreath materials include feathers, eucalyptus, and dried grasses. Or mix materials and textures. We love the fact that these can be used year after year.
Living Room Coziness
A living room with a fireplace is one of our favourite places come fall; and an easy spot to decorate, starting with simple, sculptural branches on the mantel or the hearth.
Gather firewood (even if you can’t burn it), your squashes, stone vases with fall foliage, and then turn up the cozy: Add a woven basket overflowing with thick blankets and swap out your cushion covers for softer, textured fabrics like velvet, boucle, and nubby wovens.
Create layers of lighting with candles, table lamps, and floor lamps for ambience. And hopefully a fire! A faux fur rug or sheepskins draped over the furniture not only feels cozy but also looks luxe.
A lovely tablescape is one of our favourite ways to decorate for each new season. This fall, we’re creating a textured tablescape with a woven table runner in autumnal tones, warm woods, rustic ceramics, dried foliage, a collection of candles, and some touches of gold.
An easy fall decor idea includes Eucalyptus interwoven with fairy lights or apples, plus candlesticks.
An uncomplicated modern look is this plaid tablecloth, amber glassware, and a single sculptural jug with grasses.
For other spots around the home like the entryway or family room, we might toss a chunky warm blanket over a bench or sofa, pile up the textured pillows, and add natural elements such as the dried grasses that we’re currently obsessed with.
In other rooms, we’ll create a leafy vignette with an oversized vessel like a demijohn or glass jug.
We’ll mix seasonal shapes, colors, and textures to create visual interest and dimension. To save time, you might want to invest in decorative elements that you can reuse each year, like these cute wool pumpkins from Le Clair Decor (LD Shoppe). Add to cart!
Speaking of vignettes, we LOVE the wide variety of fall foliage that’s in play right now. Fresh or dried, simple or complicated, traditional or trending, there are so many options to choose from.
Currently popular pampas grass elevates any room in natural style. Other dried stems like willows, reeds, bunny tail grasses, thistle, and wheat also look stunning in vases. Both alone or in statement-making multiples.
Dried flowers are wonderful because, with care, they can last forever. Some branches such as eucalyptus or flowering plants like protea, can be bought fresh and then kept when dried. Or you can buy high-quality artificial versions which look remarkably real but are less fragile and easier to care for.