Fall decorating should add harmony and warmth to your home, not stress you out with a long to do list during an already busy time of the year. Here are eight easy, fast, and cheap fall decorating ideas.
Incorporate dashes of a new color to your existing color scheme. Mix vibrant, rich red or autumn orange with neutrals or contrasting colors like beige, green, or blue. If you like green, try a muted tone, which is a refreshing option to bolder colors. Start with budget-friendly changes, such as accent pillows, throws, table settings, rugs, and candles which add drama and impact.
Bring the outdoors in by gathering woodsy items from your own backyard, finding them at your local home decorating store or farmers’ market, or buying them online. Look for small twigs and branches, pinecones, moss, and leaves. Place any combination of them in fancy pots, interesting vases, wooden trays, rustic lanterns, or hand woven baskets.
Spice up your fall dining room by adding little unexpected surprises to your dinner table. Use ribbon, twine, or copper wire to tie a name card to leaves or small twigs to make festive place holders for your dinner guests. Dress up your napkins with velvet ribbon for a traditional, yet festive, napkin holder. Or, use tasseled cords or stands of pearls in a modern, metallic shade from a crafts store. Enjoy the fall season with country or casual accents. Get homemade artwork, organic fabric, and wooden accessories. Find cozy blankets to add texture and comfort to many spaces.
Select items that will remain current through the holidays, or that are simple to update, to save time and money. For example, twigs, candles, and pinecones can last through winter. After Thanksgiving, replace your autumn pieces with garlands, wreaths, fake snow, or Christmas ornaments. You’ll give your decor additional style. Be classic by introducing wreaths to your space, and you can make them or find them in many materials. Try out wheat or grasses for fall, holly or pinecones for Christmas, or acorns and dried berries for the entire fall and winter seasons. You can hang wreaths the traditional way or experiment with flat wreaths to display gourds, pumpkins, candles, or other elements. Celebrate the season with candles, which are versatile and can be added to any space. Stay with neutral colors, and then make easy swaps of centerpieces, holders, and embellishments as your mood or the season changes. Installing LCD rope lights are a low-investment. For high-impact, hang large Chinese paper lanterns or beaded Moroccan vessels to add warmth. Create a conversation space around your fire place. Arrange the seating to make the space more inviting and cozy. If you don’t have a fire place, sit two comfy chairs in a nook or corner, add candles for ambient light, and keep a serving tray on hand to place mugs of hot chocolate.