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Four Decorating Ideas for Fall

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 30, 2012 | Categories: Guest Posts, Holidays and Observances, Home and Garden

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The Autumn season has begun, bringing with it emerging colors and inviting scents to inspire a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home or office. These four easy tips can help you celebrate the Fall season before the dreary winter days set in.

Autumn Color Palette All Year Long

An Autumn-inspired color palette can immediately add a cheery and welcoming feel to any room of your home or office. Start with a basic, warm brown and work in different shades and tints of orange and purple. Accentuate with gold and shades of green to complete the fall palette.   These colors, from corresponding color families, will coordinate not just for Autumn but all through the year. Consider adding splashes of Fall colors to different rooms of your home through some indoor painting while the weather is still nice. Add a purple or red accent wall for extra elegance in your living room, or place chair rail along the middle of the wall with a light brown on the bottom and a lighter green or gold along the top. The fresh paint will invigorate the room and inspire additional decorating ideas.

Fall Wreathes and Swags

Fall wreathes and swags are simple to create with natural materials that are easy to find. To make a wreath, start with a pre-made form from a local craft store. Using a hot glue gun or pieces of wire or raffia, attach all-natural materials such as vibrant leaves, textured acorns and pine cones and berries.    For a festive swag, attach a few fall leaves to the a grouping of Indian corn. Tie the Indian corn together with twine or wire and glue the leaves on as desired. Create a loop using the twine or wire and hang from a cabinet door or a simple nail on a door of your home.

Autumn Mantle and Hearth Decorations

Mantle decorations for fall require no planning to create, just resourcefulness. Take advantage of those bare branches outside your home or office, cutting a few to place in a clear vase filled with river rock or sand. Accentuate with a few tiny gourds, pine cones or acorns, as well as a string of clear twinkle lights looped among the branches for extra light. Set these creative decorations on your hearth, and make smaller ones from vases and leaves for the mantle itself.   If you have decorative baskets or bowls, fill them with colorful gourds and leaves for a fall feel. Set them on your mantle and around your hearth, along with a collection of pumpkins of different sizes.

Autumn Illumination

As the days get shorter and night comes more quickly, illumination can easily be used as a decorating strategy for the Fall season. Take advantage of purple and orange strings of lights, generally found around this time of year to celebrate Halloween. Use strings of clear lights around the inside and outside of your home for a more elegant look.    Fill small glass jars with tealights or votives and line your driveway or porch with them for a cozy feel. While these would also work for the table or mantle, create candle holders by carving small holes on the tops of mini-pumpkins just large enough to hold tealights.   These simple decorating ideas will bring a touch of coziness to your home or office during the cool days and nights of Fall.

Kelly Wilson writes on a variety of topics, including interior design and House Painting in Portland.

17 Responses to Four Decorating Ideas for Fall

  1. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    I love decorating for fall. I’m way behind this year though! Today sounds like a good day to start! I like your idea of the jar votives in the driveway.

  2. Billie says:

    Great ideas, I like fall. I just hate that winter comes after, lol.

  3. alicia zirjacks says:

    Love these IDeas! thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Emmy says:

    Thanks for the ideas but I’m an utter failure if I don’t have step-by-step pictures lol

  5. Fall is my favorite! Can’t wait to start decorating this week!

  6. Lucy Black says:

    I love autumn!
    Thank you for this post, great inspirational ideas 🙂

  7. Alyssa Andrew says:

    Love the ideas so cute love fall !!

  8. Rosetta Glock says:

    good job! keep up the good work!

  9. Debi Kelly McCloy says:

    Fall is my favorite season…I love the colors, the foods, and the cool crisp days.

  10. Courtney says:

    love the fall and your ideas 🙂

  11. Jen Rodrigues says:

    Great ideas and I love fall decorating as well. I already started!! Then next month will be Christmas. Crazy!!

  12. Kathleen says:

    Great tips! I am right in the middle of coming up with the perfect fall decor.

  13. Colleen says:

    Darn this just made me remember that I wanted to buy some Fall lipstick at the store and forgot. I’m looking forward the change in colors and clothing though we still have a good month or two for that in SoFl.

  14. You always have great ideas, thanks!

  15. Jerry Bryant says:

    Home decorating could be such fun if you go with what you love and find it pleasing to you and your significants others. If you just decorate for fashion, it will constantly be outdated before the year is out. Create with you heart.