Getting us in the mood for even more staying at home.
Fall is finally upon us and like many in The States still sheltering in place, I think we’re all searching for elements of comfort. Fall is the unofficial official reign of homebodies and the herald of the holidays – Halloween being the first and best IMHO. As I’m preparing to at last, fully sink into the season, here are the ways I’ve been fall-ing my abode.
When I think of fall my mind goes straight to the vibrant hues of golden wheat, blazing auburn, creamy olive, and rich, warm brown. I think of fallen leaves, pinecones, hay bales, and pumpkins. Rather than changing all the décor to fit that palette, I both added in and swapped out some everyday staples to set the mood.
L I V I N G R O O M
Easily the simplest room for making the biggest impact is the den or main living area. It is usually within the line of sight of the front door, and it instantly sets the fall vibe as we come and go. Here are some add-ins and swaps that make fall décor a breeze.
- Change out your usual couch throw pillows utilizing fall colors, phrases, or prints to create an autumnal atmosphere. You can simply cover the existing pillows with new cases or add in fresh options in different shapes and sizes. Pumpkin pillow, anyone?
- Do you keep a cozy blanket close by for lounging on the couch? Try switching out your normal cover for something more inspired. Flannel is an easy and accessible choice while fall colored options (yellow, gold, orange, rust, chestnut, chocolate) offer an instant mood makeover.
- Candles – the more, the merrier. Candles are a 2-for-1 punch because they create both a visual and sensory impact. Fragrant fall spices like cinnamon and clove create warmth while woodsy scents like cedar wood, tobacco, and balsam get us through the rest of the year.
- On the topic of table décor, introduce some fall things to your existing shelves and surfaces. A pumpkin here and a pinecone there make all the difference.
- For many of us, our wall art is carefully selected, meaningful, and we can’t be bothered to take it down until we move, but adding in one or two autumn art pieces is all it takes. Try options like a pressed leaf, changing the mat on an existing piece, or swapping a frame for a fall-hued option. If you enjoy family photos, prints at Walgreens are very inexpensive and a home pet photoshoot or fall photo edit of a favorite makes a beautiful seasonal display.
I created a more fall-feeling space by swapping out the usual white Sherpa couch throw for a mustard plaid option. Our set of brown couch pillows were split up in favor of a, “happy fall y’all” burlap case. A neutral colored garland of leaves and baby pumpkins sits festively upon the back of the couch, while seeded stems in orange and gold replaced the vase of eucalyptus.
For styling the surfaces, I used a mix of live and artificial elements plus lots and lots of candles (IYKYK). We layered a woven table runner that sits just beneath a huge wood vessel candle I found at TJ Maxx, nestled next to a Rae Dunn Thanksgiving candle. Cozied up by the TV unit, entry and coffee tables are a happy mix of real, ceramic, and textured pumpkins. While some of the décor additions are definitively Halloween, the overall mix is a very cozy fall vibe that makes me happier to be at home.
K I T C H E N
Often called “the heart of the home,” it is important not to skip this space when decorating for fall. Because of how the space is used it doesn’t take much to evoke the fall feeling in this room.
- Do you keep kitchen towels handy? Swap out the everyday cloths for colored or printed options that fit a fall theme.
- Most kitchens utilize canisters for the pantry staples like flour, rice, and coffee. Find new vessels at your favorite stores or opt for a DIY with a bit of paint in an autumn tone.
- Got refrigerator décor? Depending on your preference, swap out magnets or decorative elements to fit the season. If you prefer a minimalist approach, a simple bow on the refrigerator handle adds a festive touch.
- A fruit bowl isn’t just functional but can be beautiful too. Stocking it full of fall-colored fruits, or things ripe for the season (pear, apple, and pomegranate) adds a touch of color that ties in with your overall scheme.
- If you are really into the season, swapping utensils and kitchen tools for seasonal varieties goes a long way during food prep and mealtimes. From food trays and dishes to baking supplies, those touches help make ordinary things feel a bit more special.
- Speaking of baked goods, if you like to keep pastries in the house then display them with flair using fall-inspired bakeware or seasonal treats.
Admittedly, the kitchen and bathroom are still in progress, but I’m really happy with the coffee area. It’s a space that I use at the start of every day, and seeing the pumpkin garland happily draped above my Keurig always puts me in a good mood, especially when I top my drink with Halloween sprinkles. A couple printed towels plus a decorative tray have gone a long way towards helping me celebrate Halloween every single day.
B E D R O O M
Most of us don’t get to spend enough time in this room, so it might seem silly to put in the effort to decorate it but slipping into fresh sheets in an autumn color or print might make our dreams that much sweeter. Here are some other ways to add seasonal touches to your sanctuary.
- We already mentioned sheets, but this includes pillows too. Swap out pillowcases for a vibrant fall colored option or add in a couple decorative cushions for a lively presentation when the bed is made.
- The tips from the living room section for art, throw blankets, and candles all apply, but smaller touches sing just as loud in this ‘less is more’ type of space. A pumpkin coaster on your nightstand or a pair of fuzzy fall slippers waiting by your bedside are both practical and comforting.
- If you have any fashion/accessories on display (a jewelry stand, or a collection of watches) try garnishing that space with a mini garland, printed scarf or faux pumpkins for the perfect fall touch.
I don’t really think of the bedroom as the first place to decorate even though I’m obsessed with fall & Halloween. Since most of my bedroom time is spent unconscious, I’m looking to the “get cozy” pillow and a couple vanity touches to set the seasonal mood.
B A T H R O O M
Many of us don’t think about decorating the bathroom for holidays outside of a seasonal hand soap or a scented candle. Use as many or as few of these tips as fit your space for creating your ideal feel.
- Add fresh or faux flowers or greenery to match fall colors.
- Throw in a fake pumpkin on the side of your tub, back of your toilet, or around your sink.
- Most stores and even marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy offer holiday designs for shower curtains, hand towels, bathmats, and even toilet paper. If it’s in your budget, pick some up to really drive your theme home.
- Create a spa-like feel and a sense of luxury with fall editions of bath and shower treats. Bath salts, body wash, and of course bath bombs double as treatment and embellishment.
On the surface, this room looks completely undecorated, and for the most part it will stay that way. But I have a basket full of seasonal bath treats plus a few colorful hair + jewelry accessories that evoke the feeling of fall.
O U T D O O R
Does your home have a private entry, porch, patio, or backyard? If you utilize the space, definitely don’t leave it bare. Express yourself and your home’s personality with a few seasonal touches that instantly transform your space.
- A door wreath is always a great way to start! Use nails or command hooks to hang the style of your choice, whether you prefer leaves/natural elements or more whimsical options like pumpkins and bones.
- Anything that can sit on the ground out of the way is just as stylish as it is low maintenance. Try pumpkins (real and fake) a rug, or a festive Halloween character.
- If you have the ability to hang things above the door or from the ceiling, garlands and streamers are sure to bring smiles, especially when paired with string lights.
- Take things to the next level with a seasonal doorbell, a themed planter (or even decorating your plants). A wooden/metal sign and trendy cushion covers are just over the top enough to spark fall joy.
Probably the space that all the décor around here started, the front door makes a stylish Happy Halloween statement. Layered over a Beetlejuice inspired striped rug is an ode to the Harry Potter universe. A cohesive blend of white and pink pumpkins frames the space. And since I couldn’t forget my witches, there’s a broom and festive sign as the final pieces around the entryway.
I’m hoping that fall and holiday décor will be incredible this year since travel is still very restricted and most of us are staying home the majority of the time constantly changing our spaces; I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! What’s your favorite season, and what do you love most about fall? If you prefer your space minimalist, simple, and consistent all year around, in what ways do you celebrate for the holidays?
Thanks for reading -T