Essential Fall Decorating Staples And Ideas For How To Use Them

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Ideas for using my favorite fall decorating essentials that I use year after year.  Keeping a stash of staple items is the key to budget decorating.

You might think it’s too early to think about decorating for fall, but it certainly isn’t too early to start planning for it!

Experience has taught me that having a healthy collection of decorating decor staples for each season really keeps my cost down.  It’s also a fun way to challenge myself to mix things up for a fresh inspiration look each year.  These are some of my favorite staples to make sure I keep on hand.

Sideboard decorated for fall with traditional fall colors.

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Before we dive into the subject of fall decorating staples, did you see that I put together a Fall Decorating Timeline?  The timeline breaks the decorating process down into weekly doable steps, so that by the end, your home is fully decorated.  Best of all, you won’t be stressed out!  You can find the timeline by clicking HERE.

Let’s get back to talking about timeless fall decorating staples.  In each of the below sections you’ll find a slider that links to several related decor products.  Simply click on the arrow to move through the slider and click on the image of any item for more information.

ESSENTIAL #1: BASKETS, MARKET TOTES, BUCKETS

I mix and match these essentials throughout my home and use them year round, no matter the season.  They work especially well for fall!

EASY FALL FIREPLACE DECORATING IDEAS

Fireplace decorated for fall with baskets and pumpkins

FALL ENTRYWAY DECOR IDEAS

Gray chest with fall pumpkins and fall wreath.

ESSENTIAL #2: WOOD BEAD GARLANDS

In keeping with the look of rich fall tones, I’m a sucker for garlands of wood beads.  The earthy wooden texture is spot on and they are so versatile and can be displayed just about anywhere.

FALL ENTRYWAY DECOR IDEAS

DIY board and batten wall with fall decorations.

5 MINUTE FALL CENTERPIECE

Fall centerpiece with wood beads and faux greenery in white pitcher.

ESSENTIAL #3: FALL PRODUCE

No matter the variety or color, apples always say fall.  But, apples aren’t the only produce that says fall!  Think pears, artichokes, pomegranates, Indian corn, etc.

Of course you can use real produce, but I prefer to use faux so that my produce decor will last the entire season.  If you’d like to do the same, just make sure to look for realistic, good quality artificial fruit and vegetables.

FALL SIDEBOARD DECOR

Metal tiered tray filled with a variety of fall decorations.

I purchased these faux granny smith apples several years ago and have used them over and over as a part of my fall decorations.  I’ve had more than one person ask if they’re real!  😀

FALL SHELVES

Shelves decorated for fall with black and white dishes.

ESSENTIAL #4: FALL FOLIAGE, FEATHERS AND BITTERSWEET

I have a ginormous bin of faux fall foliage that I’ve managed to accumulate over the years.  My collection consists of leaf stems, bittersweet picks, dramatic feathers and mixed bushes that I often cut apart.

Every year when I pull out my stash of fall decorations, I go through all of my pretty foliage and sort it by type, getting rid of anything that didn’t survive to see another year and anything that’s just too dated to use any more.

CASUALLY ELEGANT FALL DINING ROOM DECOR

Fall centerpiece with lanterns and eucalyptus garland.

FALL CENTERPIECE

Fall centerpiece in a metal tray with fall foliage, candles, pumpkins and feathers.

ESSENTIAL #5: ANYTHING PLAID

Plaid isn’t just for Christmas!  It’s a classic timeless pattern that never goes out of style and can be used all year long.

I have a good variety of fall plaids that I can pull from, but I’m always on the lookout for more.  Plaid pumpkins, plaid dishes, plaid charges, plaid ribbon – I love it all!

EASY FALL CENTERPIECE

Fall centerpiece with a plaid pumpkin, small faux pumpkins and fall colored candle.

FALL KITCHEN SHELVES

Kitchen shelves decorated with plaid plates, amber glass and a fall wreath.

Hopefully, I’ve convinced you to work toward building your own set of fall decorating staples.  I’m still planning and mulling over our decorations for fall this year, but you can be sure that you’ll be seeing some of these staples making an appearance again in fresh new ways!

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Fall centerpiece with traditional fall foliage poster.

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  1. I have the same, useful stash as you except for wood beads. I use autumn colored beaded vintage chokers. I like the shine of the glass or stones

  2. Steve Whitten says:

    It’s still just a bit too hot here in South Louisiana to get out my Fall decorations, but I’m looking forward to adding to my Fall stash this year. A trip to Hobby Lobby looms. btw…I just received my little jar of Everything but the Bagel seasoning. Your lunch looked so delicious that I had to try it for myself! Thanks for such a great recommendation.

  3. I’m super excited to decorate this year but let me tell you it doesn’t get cool (not cold) here in Arizona until mid October and I just can’t wait that long! I finally FINALLY bought all rubbermaid containers and organized my stash by season! I labeled each one and they are clear! So this year its wayyyyy easier to find all my fall decor !

  4. I love your choice of fall decorations. I really have to go through my stash and weed out things I really don’t use anymore. I have way too many decorations. I don’t know if anyone had this problem but I couldn’t pin any of your photos. I’m sure you are on Pinterest so I will try there.
    Thanks!

  5. I’m looking forward to decorating for fall soon. I also like plaid and wondered where you purchased your plaid plates or are they chargers? I especially like your fall urn on your porch. This is one idea I plan to incorporate this autumn. I always enjoy your ideas.

  6. Jayne Finkbohner says:

    Love your fall decor!