Tip No. 1: Go outside! The more you bring in from the outdoors, the more fall-like your home will become. Fallen or trimmed branches are free and add a unique sculptural presence to your space.
You can even keep your branches up throughout the holidays: Add ornaments in December to keep your arrangement seasonally festive.
There is no need for branches to be over the top. A simple, small branch placed within a vignette will do just the trick.
Leaves are full of beautiful color and can be turned into wreaths, placed on mantles, set in bowls, you name it. Natural leaves will dry and curl after a few days; for longer displays, press leaves under a heavy book to dry them flat, or use faux leaves from the craft store.
If you don’t want to worry about wilting leaves, create leaf prints by preserving them through wax-paper pressing. There’s nothing like a craft project that results in unique décor.
Fruit from your local orchards makes a great snack — a great centerpiece, too. Flank it with some small pumpkins, and voila, a fall tablescape has emerged.
The best thing about a bowl of fruit is that it can go anywhere a drop of color is needed. Place it on your kitchen island, on consoles, on the mantle to instantly heighten the fall atmosphere of your interior.
Throwing a fall party? You need no more than a bowl of fruit and fresh flowers to liven up the cocktail table.
Pinecones were always my mother’s go-to fall decorating specialty, and the house always felt warmer once she had them on display. Mix pinecones with garlands atop your mantle for a seasonal accessory that will last through the holidays.
Step 2: Add or swap out inexpensive items, such as dishes or placemats throughout your home. This orange and white combo is fresh, contemporary and perfectly fall.
The $4.95 Dot Punch Placemat from CB2 may be just what your dining table is looking for in October.
With its variety of golds, reds and greens, the Home Tweed Throw from Target is the perfect picture of a fall color scheme.
Throw pillows can also do the trick. Look for those that pull in the same colors you can see from your window.
You can transform your current pillows into season-appropriate pillows easily and affordably with a pillow cover. This Greek-key design comes from an artist on Etsy.