7 fall home decor tips for every room (and budget) - Coaster

September 30, 2021

7 fall home decor tips for every room (and budget)

Ready to transform your home with cozy fall home decor? Embrace the season with these simple and stylish tips.

Ready to transform your home with cozy fall home decor? Embrace the season with these simple and stylish tips.

With fall comes family, guests, and get-togethers. Whether you’re sad to see summer go or glad to see the leaves start changing, fall home decor will make the season even better. As nature works its magic outdoors, it’s up to you to pick the right fall decor ideas for your front porch, entryway, living room, dining room, bedroom, and more. 

In this guide, we’ll highlight some of our favorite fall home decor ideas to bring seasonal style to your space. These fall decorating tips are easy to pull off and customizable, allowing you to showcase your creativity among the fall colors. 

Hello, fall colors! 

Fall home decor: leaves changing seasons

As autumn settles in and Halloween is creeping around the corner, some neighbors have probably already put up their fall decorations. Thankfully, joining the festivities doesn’t mean blowing your budget on expensive new arrivals at your local decor store. Just a few small touches can transform your home into a pumpkin spice wonderland. 

Before you begin, choose a few fall colors you want to highlight. Picking two or three colors for your fall home decor will make everything appear planned and unified. Here are some fall color palettes to inspire you. 

  • Pumpkin Love: Dark orange, classic orange, and light orange
  • Warm Spices: Deep red, honey yellow, and orange
  • Fall Leaves: Orange, honey yellow, and reddish brown 
  • Changing Leaves: Green, yellow-orange, and deep red
  • Trendy Fall: Brown, deep blue, and deep green
  • Eggplant: Eggplant, forest green, and deep red
  • Muted Fall: Rust, light blue, and sage green
  • Fall Chic: Wheat, light blue, and coppery brown 

Pick one of these color palettes or create your own. A color palette creator can make it easier for you to visualize your fall scheme. To simplify things, you might choose two colors instead of three. Keep these colors in mind as you shop for fall home decor and anything you design is sure to turn out beautifully. 

Snuggle up with these 7 fall home decor ideas 

Fall home decor tray

These ideas are designed to help transform your whole home into a beautiful fall-scape. Whether you pick just a few or use them all, we hope you embrace your fall spirit and let your creativity run wild.

1. Outdoor decor 

Fall home decor house entrance

Nature is probably dropping fall leaves all over your yard, but adding to the natural elements outside will create a polished look — and if it matches your interior color palette, even better. 

Consider hanging a fall wreath on each main entry door to your home. And while you’re at it, add some seasonal doormats. To amp it up, you can add several pumpkins to create a mini pumpkin patch in your front yard. Or consider hanging fall-themed string lights around your home and setting out fall-themed outdoor throw pillows on any patio furniture.

If you’re on a budget, stick to decorating the front door. You could even make a DIY wreath from pinecones or greenery to further cut costs. Head to the dollar store for some lanterns to fill with leaves, acorns, pinecones, or faux gourds. If nothing else, grab a pumpkin and set it out on the front porch. Bonus points if you carve it for Halloween!

2. Create a fall centerpiece 

Highlight your fall color palette with a creative centerpiece. Your dining table, coffee table, sofa table, or mantle is an excellent location. This is your chance to feature the three colors you picked in the “Hello, fall colors!” section. Here are some decorating ideas to get you started: 

  • Fall candle holders 
  • Mini gourds (faux or fresh)
  • White pumpkins (faux or fresh)
  • Buffalo plaid ribbon
  • Burlap fabric
  • String lights 
  • Vases of autumn leaves and branches with acorn filler
  • Seasonal table runner
  • Seasonal wall art and wall decor 

Have fun creating your fall centerpiece there’s no reason to be intimidated. It can be as simple as a bunch of mini gourds set around a vase of dried fall foliage from your local craft store, or a basket of faux mini pumpkins with fall-colored flowers tucked in the edges. 

If you can’t find a good spot for your centerpiece, try the dining table. Also, consider setting up a small arrangement on a round end table by the front door to welcome your guests with autumnal cheer. 

3. Repeat your colors throughout the home 

Fall home decor on the kitchen counter

Repeat the color palette you picked in the “Hello, fall colors!” section throughout your rooms to make your fall home decor look cohesive and polished. One of the easiest ways to do this is with fall pillows and throw blankets in your living room, bedroom, and other comfy spots. In addition, scented candles in fall colors (and scents) are excellent for the living room, bedroom, bathrooms, and dining areas. 

Look for anything you can swap out with a fall-themed alternative, such as:

  • Kitchen towels 
  • Placemats 
  • Tablecloths 
  • Dinnerware 
  • Throw blankets
  • ​Throw pillows 
  • Wall art 
  • Tabletop decorations 

Don’t try to swap out everything unless you’re going for a maximalist look, though. Pick and choose until you have a touch of your color palette in every room to complete the look. If you’re starting from scratch, decorating one room at a time can make it feel less overwhelming. 

We recommend starting in the living room by adding throw pillows and throw blankets to your sofa and accent chairs. Then move to the dining room, decorating the table, serving cabinet, and other furniture. Finally, add a few candles and a fall-themed hand towel to the bathroom, and you’re good to go. These three rooms usually see more guests than anywhere else in your home. 

4. Focus on things you can reuse 

Seasonal decorating is a bit of an effort, but the payoff is much greater if you pick things you can reuse from yearly. Reusing your decor is one of the benefits of the time and planning it takes to create a fall theme. 

Pumpkins, gourds, fresh flowers, and plants are beautiful, but they don’t last year to year. Focus on buying items you can reuse and you won’t have to buy or plan so much in the coming years. For example, try filling lanterns with artificial pumpkins and flowers to get a similar look to fresh ones on your table or front porch. 

When it’s time to take your decorations down, put them in boxes and label them with your chosen colors. This way, your fall home decor will be organized and waiting for you the following fall season. If you’d like to create some variety, consider decorating your space in a different color scheme the following year. That way, you’ll always have at least two different fall home decor themes to choose between.

5. Embrace Halloween 

Ghost Halloween decor

When Halloween rolls around, have fun with it. Hang paper bats, spider webs, ghosts, and other Halloween decor. Carve some pumpkins and pick a costume to wear if kids trick-or-treat in your neighborhood. Halloween decorations usually fit in nicely with fall decorations up until October 31. 

A spooky wreath on the door is a fun way to decorate for Halloween, too. You could easily add faux spiderwebs or other decorative elements to your fall wreath. For more Halloween decor ideas, check out our guide on Halloween house decorations.

6. Prep your fireplace or fire pit 

Fireplace with pumpkin decor

For those lucky enough to have a fireplace, fire pit, or both, fall is the perfect time to prepare them for the colder months. Use a wire brush to remove soot from the stones, create a cozy seating arrangement around it, and make sure you have some wood or fuel. If you have a mantle, add a centerpiece to it or set up a few candles and decorations to spruce things up a bit. 

If you actively use your fireplace, don’t forget safety. For gas stoves, contact a contractor to check for hazards like gas leaks; for wood stoves, contact a professional to clean your chimney before the first fire. 

7. Swap out your window treatments 

Colder months call for heavier window treatments that help insulate your home. Swap out the breezy curtains from summer with something warm and cozy. For example, you might pick a fall print with autumn leaves or a rich ikat style print in warm colors like red and orange against an ivory or cream background. 

Anything that fits your fall color palette is ideal if you already have window treatments for the colder months, try draping a fall garland across the curtain rod for seasonal appeal. 

Ready to fall in love?

Pumpkin, lit candle and berries

Redecorating with fall home decor is a fun way to welcome the change of seasons. The best options feel comfy, cozy, and relaxing for you, but if it makes your guests swoon when they walk in the door, even better. 

If you don’t love your fall home decor, it might be time for new furniture. Furniture forms a foundation for your interior design, and it’s crucial for a beautiful home. Check out the Coaster Furniture catalog to find the perfect pieces for your home this season. And when you’re ready to buy, our store locator will help you find a location near you.

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