Fall decorating ideas – 28 best seasonal looks

Garlands, gourds, mantel displays and more make the best fall decorating ideas for a cozy home. DIY seasonal looks for inside and out of the house and save along the way.

Felt pumpkin garland hanging from mantlepiece
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Fall is a beautiful time of year so it's only natural that we want to bring all of those earthy colors into our homes with gorgeous fall decor that doesn't just look wonderful, but is easy on the pocket too. Pumpkins and all types of gourds do take center stage for the most part of course, but it's the perfect time to get creative with different takes on fall wreaths, garlands, tablescapes and even fall bedding sets to add coziness and personality to your home.

Fall decor ideas

'Pumpkins tend to take centre stage in autumn decor, however this year there are a variety of trending seasonal accents that you can add to your home. From festive wreaths to autumnal tablescaping, golden-toned lights and dried botanicals, you can create a warm and cosy oasis in every room,' says Ash Reed, interiors expert and founder of Living Cozy (opens in new tab).

'You don’t need to be a professional to incorporate autumn decor into your home, nor do you need to have a big budget. There are many budget-friendly seasonal pieces that you can add to your living space, for example, why not bring the outside in and consider decorating with pinecones, conkers and acorns?'

'You could also have a go at some autumnal DIYs by preserving colourful fallen leaves, old branches and dry flowers to create a natural wreath, adding some serious seasonal flair to your front door.'

1. Woodland mantel display

Garland on wooden mantle with fall colors and lit fireplace

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Mix faux pumpkins and natural textures with more shiny decor around your fireplace to create a leveled display that is modern and cozy. Choose golden hues with black accents to keep this spot cute but sophisticated.

2. Standalone gilded pumpkin

SIlver glazed pumpkin on console with eucalyptus

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Subtle but modern and still very autumnal, a glass gold pumpkin addition to a hallway console or side table is a quick and simple way to feel fall around the home. These make living room ideas too so why not DIY your own with spray paint or pick one up like this from Amazon (opens in new tab) for the addition of glowy lighting too that's sure to set the scene.

3. Candlelight settings

Warm terracotta florals in neutral living room with cosy fire

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Candles equal cozy and so make one of the most original ways to bring autumnal feelings home.

H&M Home (opens in new tab) Head of Design & Creative, Evelina Kravaev Söderberg adds 'Bring out the candle holders again and light candles for atmosphere, a scented candle fills the room with your favorite scents.'

4. Use classic colors for a warm welcome

Burnt orange natural fall wreath hanging on grey door

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A classic wreath is a must for all fall front porches. Keep yours looking full with a variety of dried foliage in warm ambers, taupe and other seasonal colors as home and gardens blogger Joanna of @southernsurroundings (opens in new tab) has done here.

5. Dress a console in white

White fall display on console with cushions, pumpkins and throws

(Image credit: Heidi @eleanorrosehome)

White pumpkins are a modern take on fall decor which Heidi of @eleanorrosehome (opens in new tab) captures so well on her console table. Layer it up with cozy throws, trinkets, candles and a little greenery to make an understated statement.

6 . Pile the pumpkins onto your table setting

Fall tablescape with checked orange tablecloth and pumpkins

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Fall and tablescaping go hand in hand. 'Tis the season of Thanksgiving and many more food-filled events after all. Pull out your favorite dining room ideas and make a statement at the table by piling on pumpkins of all shapes and sizes – mixing and matching faux and the real deal. Classic candle sticks, foliage and an orange plaid runner make this the perfect setting for a spiced pumpkin latte or two. 

7. Natural entryway additions

Dried wreath hanging on entryway hooks with white walls

(Image credit: Heidi of @eleanorrosehome)

As if blown in by the wind, a dried indoor wreath is a subtle and sweet look that nods to fall. Keep yours in the entryway for a pleasant view on arrival and to soften the look of winter coats and muddy boots on cooler days. DIY this hallway look for budget-friendly and quick autumn vibes.

8. Orange accents around the fireplace

Cozy brick fireplace surrounded by pumpkins, fall decor and topped with an orange wreath

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A simple way to cozy up your fireplace ideas  in fall is to add a little orange here and there. Velour cushions, a wreath, dried flowers and more create warmth and add lots of texture to the surrounding space for a gorgeous finish.

9. Rustic fall porch

Pumpkins and fall decor surrounding front porch

(Image credit: Dori Turner)

Dried corn stalks and hay bales set the perfect foundation for a fall-themed porch. Fill in the gaps with different types and sizes of pumpkins and colorful chrysanthemums. Add a rustic sign to complete the look.

10. Baby pink pumpkins

Dried flower arrangement with fall colors and pink felt pumpkins

(Image credit: Brandi @_the_happy_door)

For the perfect pop of color that's a little unexpected, this can be a simple DIY project that kids will enjoy making too. Brandi of @_the_happy_door (opens in new tab) says 'I love home decorating, especially for the Fall season. I created some fun additions this year. I found pink velvet pumpkins at a local craft store and created a floral arrangement to add some pink to my Fall decor this year.'

11. Last-minute letter board

Fall signage above a metal console table with table lamp, antlers on the wall and eclectic accessories

(Image credit: Brandi @_the_happy_door)

Let your personality shine through your autumnal additions by seamlessly interrupting artwork or existing wall decor. 'I also updated my letterboard with a skinny thrifted vase that I attached with a command hook. I added some faux leaves and a few pumpkins. Then I placed a pumpkin in a cake stand to finish off that area.' Adds Brandi.

12. Fall entryway chest

Cozy orange throw on wooden white console table

(Image credit: Dori Turner)

Dress up a bench or chest with a cozy blanket and fall-themed throw pillow for an easy way to add seasonal touches to your home. Hanging a wreath is great for adding depth and interest!

13. Cool eucalyptus colors

Eucalyptus colored hallway with gourd, fall wreath and white decorations

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A contemporary take on classic fall color schemes, cool blue hues will still bring all the cozy vibes home. Simply add dried eucalyptus to your fall wreath or scatter some stems on a hallway console for an effortlessly stylish finish, especially when teamed with small white pumpkins.

14. Playful pumpkins

Felt pumpkin garland hanging from mantlepiece

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Tiny gourd is where it's at and this miniature orange and yellow garland gives these pumpkins a pretty chic update. The felt makes for a textured addition that is sure to warm up even minimalist spaces and, you could make these as last-minute Halloween crafts too. Combine with bigger gilded pumpkins to pack a punch in style.

15. Tiered trays

Fall decorated tier display with mini pumpkins and signage

(Image credit: Dori Turner)

A tiered display provides a fun way to add seasonal decor to your home. They look great on entryway tables, buffets or kitchen countertops. This tray was styled with fall staples like pinecones, faux mini pumpkins and floral stems. A cute fall wood sign completes the look.

16. A trio of texture

Fall decor ideas

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We love the color of the walls in this living room  and it's one that could work year-round and for more cozy fall vibes, amp up textured accessories in warm autumnal colors. 

Monica Beatrice (opens in new tab), interiors and wellness lifestyle blogger shares her top tips for a cozy home in fall, heading towards winter. 'My tips to create a cozy home in the cozy season is to make sure you have lots of soft lighting around your home, to layer lots of textures so that you can get really cozy on the sofa and to make sure that you always have a great mug nearby so you can fill it up with a delicious spiced drink.’

Whether you add some cushions your favorite burnt orange throw or rug, it will still make a gorgeous impact and help transform a living room from summer to fall. This Stockholm rug is by Ikea (opens in new tab) – laid over a pale or dark flooring, it adds a welcoming tone to the space. 

17. DIY tabletop displays

Dried orange flowers in a neutral vase on a wicker tray with orange mugs

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Adorn your serving platter or tray surrounds with a homemade dried floral arrangement straight from your yard. Arrange them in a simple ceramic vase for a clean finish and to create the perfect backdrop against copper mugs that are a must for fall.

18. DIY floral centerpiece 

Fall garland displayed over a mantel

(Image credit: Dori Turner)

Creating a floral centerpiece with autumn stems is the perfect way to add a focal point to your dining table or buffet. This arrangement was DIYed using a vintage chicken feeder for the base. Finding an unexpected piece to build your arrangement in adds character and provides a fun talking point for guests.

19. Farmhouse tablescaping

Farmhouse kitchen with leafy bouquet and white pumpkin surround

(Image credit: Heidi @eleanorrosehome)

Cozy up a Farmhouse kitchen with some natural tablescaping. Foraging for a mix of greenery is not only effortlessly stylish but also free and the pumpkin surround keeps this look so on season. Cut your stems to varying length to amplify your display and wow your guests.

20. Layered throws and blankets

Scandi rooms by Lapuan Kankurit

Throw from Lapuan Kankurit (opens in new tab)

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Throws and blankets in autumnal tones, chunky knit blankets to add tons of texture, faux sheepskin or faux fur throws to add depth... Layer chunky knit throws from Wayfair (opens in new tab) and the like, piling them high on chairs, sofas and beds – it's such an easy way to give old furniture a new, welcoming look and to add bags of comfort. 

'Use blankets to cuddle up in the sofa and large cushions in fall colors will change the look of a room and give it a seasonal feel. Put autumn branches in a vase and embrace the beauty of the season.' Adds Kravaev Söderberg.

21. Indoor beaded wreath

White beaded wreath with fall dried foliage and white pumpkins

(Image credit: Brandi @_the_happy_door)

Wreaths aren't just for your front door... And, DIY fall wreaths provide the perfect opportunity to get a little creative. Include unexpected textures and contrasting colors to better capture the warm hues of fall like Brandi has done. 'I created a beaded wreath for my Etsy shop with some traditional fall colors. Wreaths also look great hung on a mantle. So, here I styled it with some pumpkins!'

Those fabric pumpkins also make the perfect DIY if you have leftover fabric, yarn and a little time to spare.

22. Fall bookshelf

Trinkets and fall inspired accessories on a white bookshelf

(Image credit: Dori Turner)

Fall stems, vintage books and shades of copper give these built-in bookshelves a cozy fall feel. Mix your favorite pieces from nature in with your existing trinkets for a polished and seamless finish.

23. Artistic autumnal touches

seating area with lit stove in a country home

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

We love this living room – it's so cozy thanks to the color scheme...  And, actually the artwork on display is doing lots of hard work to create a welcoming feel, too. The best news? You don't have to buy it all from scratch – look through old books and magazines for beautiful images in autumnal colors that you can display artfully solo or in a frame. The foliage detail on the mantelpiece works a treat, too.

24. Paint an accent wall in a warm shade

kitchen sink in colourful farmhouse kitchen

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

If any of your rooms are feeling particularly chilly, just painting one accent wall (usually the one that's the most light-starved and grey-looking) can make all the difference. So, pick out a shade you love that will work in your room and go to work – within a couple of hours you'll find the whole tone of the room has changed. 

Take inspiration from terracotta looks, cinnamon hues, orange rooms and other spicy shades – they all work brilliantly.

25. Pastel pumpkins

Fall decor: pumpkins

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Whether you're decorating for Halloween or not, pumpkin accessories bring an instant autumnal feel and make for fab fall decor ideas. We love these fabric pumpkin decorations (opens in new tab), which we'd be happy to keep out year-round...

26. Five-minute fairy light centerpiece

Fairy lights in bell jar for fall decor

Fairy lights, Lights4Fun (opens in new tab)

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The simplicity of this idea is what makes it so great. Simply find some battery-powered indoor fairy lights, pop them in a bell jar or glass jar and you're done. They work on dining tables, on kitchen islands, on hall tables, in fireplaces, in alcoves... (need we go on?) 

27. Bright garlands

Fall decor: garland

Autumn garland, Lights4Fun (opens in new tab)

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If you really want to go to town on decorating your home for fall, here's a great way to do it: with a garland. This one is oozing autumn color and will instantly transform a mantelpiece. Of course, you can drape it around bannisters, along windowsills, down the center of a dining table... The choice is yours. Shop tons of garlands like this at Amazon US (opens in new tab) or Amazon UK (opens in new tab).

28. Pretty up a door knocker

How to make an autumn wreath

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Putting a homemade fall wreath on the front door knocker doesn't just make your home look pretty –  but it's a cheering sight for passersby if yours is outside. We love this fall wreath by Bloom & Wild (opens in new tab) above and you can shop some lovely wreaths on Amazon also (opens in new tab).

How do I make my house cozy for fall?

Think maple colored trinkets, dried foliage, fresh flowers, gilded gourd and small but effective crafts courtesy of the kids, decorating for fall is all about making your home feel very special and inviting as we head towards Halloween, Thanksgiving and the winter months. Whether you're warming up a usually neutral living room or bringing fall decor into a Cottagecore or Farmhouse setting, once you start decorating with the season you'll start to feel all the fun and joy that the holidays have to offer.

'Fall is such a wonderful time of the year with the cooler weather and rich colors. I love giving my home a cozy fall feel by adding fluffy throw pillows in colors like mustard, burgundy and sage.' Says Dori Turner of 'This Full Life (opens in new tab)'.

 'A comfy blanket draped over the sofa invites you to sit and relax. Lighting a scented candle with notes of cinnamon and pumpkin adds to the inviting atmosphere. Changing out faux spring florals with autumn stems in vases and hanging a wreath on the door completes the cozy look for a home that's ready for fall!'

When should you start decorating for fall?

We start putting fall decor out as early as the end of August. It's hard to contain the fun of the season. Generally speaking it can be best to introduce fall-inspired decorations, inside and outside of the house too like on your front porch, when the seasons change. So from September onwards into October. Plus, once the leaves turn brown and those pinecones start to drop, you've got more decorations for free... 

Kravaev Söderberg adds 'September is a good month to start decorating for fall. We enjoy going inside again, so it's a good time to bring on the mood boosting fall products.' 

If you do decorate as early as August remember to use dry foliage and pieces that won't need replacing so often for easier upkeep.

While if you're planting out fall container flowers or hanging baskets, you might want to get a head start to ensure they are in full bloom when fall is in full swing.

Lucy is Global Editor-in-Chief of Homes & Gardens having worked on numerous interiors and property titles. She was founding Editor of Channel 4’s 4Homes magazine, was Associate Editor at Ideal Home, before becoming Editor-in-Chief of Realhomes.com in 2018 then moving to Homes & Gardens in 2021. She has also written for Huffington Post, AOL, UKTV, MSN, House Beautiful, Good Homes, and many women’s titles. Find her writing about everything from buying and selling property, self build, DIY, design and consumer issues to gardening.

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