How To Decorate Your Home For Fall In A Tasteful Manner

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Read this to learn how to tastefully decorate your home for fall. These are just a few guidelines that you should follow that will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the season while still keeping the look in your home refined.

Let me just say upfront, that no matter what type of tips for decorating your home that you might run across, THE most important thing of all is for you to do YOU!

various colored velvet pumpkins and fall leaves in an urn and on the table surface

Your home needs to be a reflection of you and your family’s likes and needs – not what some magazine, Instagrammer or even blogger says.  😀

BUT – I believe that one of the reasons that you visit me here is not only to be inspired, but also to get decorating advice. If you’ll look my archives, you’ll see that I have oodles and oodles of blog posts about the various aspects of decorating your home.

Most of those how-to posts have to do with general everyday decorating, but today let’s get a little more specific. Let’s talk about how you can decorate your home for fall in a tasteful manner so that your home doesn’t scream “it’s fall y’all!”, but is still a reflection of this beautiful season.


Using these fall decorating “do’s” will not only give you a home that’s tastefully decorated for fall, but will give you a home that is sophisticated, relaxed and cozy.

  • Do exercise restraint. Tastefully decorating for fall is all about using accents. Switch out just a few of your everyday pieces with ones that represent fall with color or texture.
blue dried hydrangeas in a white urn on a gray chest in front of a mirror with a lamp and small white pumpkin
  • Remember that decor items don’t have to be fall specific. For example, using bowls or trays made of wood will bring forth the feeling of fall in a room.
  • Choose a color palette to stick with and use tones that are found in nature. Click HERE for 12 different color palette ideas that are perfect for fall.
white wall with fall decorations hanging from hooks
  • Layering is everything. Layering pillows, throw blankets and decor items is a trick that designers use for tasteful decorating, no matter the season. If you’re unsure, start with a base of neutral pillows, then add pillows or throw blankets in fall colors to the mix. Get my tips for how to layer decor by clicking HERE.
family room with neutral furniture decorated for fall
  • Pattern always plays an important role in home decor. Add a few pillows with a small pattern instead of only using solid colored pillows. Plaids, stripes and small prints are all good. The pattern can also come from the weave of the fabric, such as the cable-knit sweater look pillow covers I’m using this year. Click HERE to check out what I’m decorating my home with for fall this year and to get links.
fall centerpiece on a wood board with fall leaves in a white pitcher and a plaid pumpkin on a stack of gray plates
  • Remember to incorporate plenty of texture to add that all important interest and to exude a feeling of coziness. Think baskets, snuggly knit throw blankets, soft furs and velvets.
  • Be sure to add a few organic pieces from nature or pieces that have organic vibes. Using dried stems or dried florals is a great way to add something organic to your home.
fall vignette in a basket tray with wood accents, terra cotta pot, candle and dried stems


There are lots of “do’s” when it comes to seasonal decorating, but there are also some things that you should avoid. Styles change over the years and many of the things that gave a cozy vibe a few years ago just don’t work well today.

  • Don’t get carried away with a fall theme, such as owls, pumpkins, fall signs, etc. Decorating for a season with a theme can take it from charming to kitschy if you aren’t careful. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use any of these items – rather that you should use them sparingly. The below mantel that I decorated several years ago is a prime example of a fall mantel gone bad. I loved it at the time, but not so much today.
white fireplace overflowing with an abundance of fall decorations
  • As tempting as it may be to purchase that adorable owl with a cute little hat holding a welcome fall sign, you need to practice restraint and avoid what I call cutesy decor.
  • Don’t fill shelves or surfaces with lots of small items such as figurines, a plethora of pumpkins, or signs with quotes. Too much of a good thing just looks like clutter instead of beautiful decor and will not look sophisticated.
Welcoming Fall Foyer Decor #fall #autumn #foyer
  • By all means, use a fall color palette that appeals to you, but avoid super bright colors. For example, most pumpkins are orange, but if you’ll think about it, it’s a saturated orange, not a bright neon orange.
  • Avoid fall throw pillows that have specific fall images on them, such as pumpkins, pickup trucks filled with pumpkins, etc.

No matter what you choose to decorate your home with, remember that indulging in subtle expressions of fall will give the maximum, tastefully decorated effect!

family room with neutral furniture decorated for fall

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  1. I agree!! Well written!

  2. You are spot on Suzy. The older I get…the more restraint I use. Less to dust and store, too! Enjoy your day! 😉

  3. I totally agree! We moved into a small ranch home for our retirement several years ago. I downsized my accessories then. Since then, I will not add any accessories to the home that “screams” specific holiday or season. I really enjoy having a home that truly reflects me, is not cluttered, and I don’t have to labor over switching out my decor to follow the crowd. As a wise friend once told, what goes up, must come down! Thanks for your great blog and wonderful advice!

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      Great topic for all of us who have way to much seasonal decor packed away in large plastic bins. As I get older and my energy levels drop I start to resent all the work those bins represent. Fall is .my favorite season but I need a simpler way to welcome it. I have given away my Halloween items and this year will donate alot of my fall themed decor no matter how pretty. I told myself I would do this when seasonal change over was not fun anymore but a chore. I have two grown daughters and many grandchildren one who is getting married this year. I,am sure they would welcome a few pumpkins or a wreath for their homes. My home will be a more enjoyable welcome to fall.

  4. Suzy,
    Love what all you have shown us for fall. I love the mantel with the basket on the wood piece. We have a very similiar white wood piece that you have and we also have the high ceiling. I hate to have Roy take it down for every season; when you get a certain age, you can’t climb as well with bad knees!!!! I may try and find something like you did and add to it. I your emails so much and look forward to them weekly.
    Happy Fall

  5. Several years ago, I looked at my house after decorating for fall. I thought my house looks like a craft shop…like someone could do some serious shopping there. I realized too that it also felt heavy on me. Now, just a few pieces and im done.