Read on 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!
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.
TASTEFUL FALL DECORATING DO’S:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
TASTEFUL FALL DECORATING DON’TS:
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.
- 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.
- 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!