Orange and white pumpkins

Fall Decor Ideas to Cozy Up Your Space

Autumn marks the holiday season, which means family, friends, food, and tons of get-togethers combining the three. This year, make your holiday festivities even more festive with warm colors, twinkle lights, and an abundance of pumpkins, gourds, or whatever else fits your fancy. Here are a few fall decor ideas anyone can master, straight from the experts.

1. Start with the front door. 

Sock feet on the front porch

The front door is the very first thing guests see before entering your home, so why not start there? Leveling up your entryway with fall decor is a great way to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

“Hang a fall wreath on your front door and then pair it with brightly colored mums arranged on either side of the door,” says Andra DelMonico, lead interior designer at Trendey. “Skip the standard flower pots and place the mums in harvest baskets. Then, arrange a few pumpkins around the flower baskets,” DelMonico adds. “You could leave them orange, but you could also paint them white, gold, black, or any other color that compliments the exterior of your home.” 

2. Give your windows the royal treatment. 

Once the door is decked out, move on to the window treatments—both inside and out. 

“The second easiest way to add a color update to your living room is by hanging new drapes,” says Angela Boswell, co-founder of the drape, a web-based store for luxury, custom curtains. “Window curtains in sumptuous velvets and warm rich fall colors will instantly bring the fall season alive,” Boswell continues. “If you have tall windows, hang the rod close to the ceiling, four to six inches above the window frame. Long textured velvet window panels in muted clay or honey gold will be a stunning backdrop to your seasonal décor and the subtle shimmer of the textured velvet will play beautifully with the flickering light of candles.”

3. Make a DIY centerpiece. 

Autumn is the perfect occasion to elevate your table setting with a gorgeous centerpiece. From floral arrangements to candles, when it comes time to choose an engaging centerpiece, the options are endless. 

“Making a table decoration or centerpiece is the perfect way to transition your home from Halloween décor into late fall styling,” says Christine Jacobsen, Digital Marketing Manager at Denby USA. “Featuring warm, seasonal colors, they’re ideal for giving your home that cozy feel. Plus, a handmade centerpiece will be the perfect finishing touch for your Thanksgiving table.” 

“If you want to add a touch of sparkle and glamour to your arrangement, you could even add a metallic accent by coloring a few of the leaves, pinecones, or twigs using copper or bronze spray paint,” Jacobsen continues. “Weaving a string of battery-powered LED twinkle lights through your arrangement can also bring a pretty glow to your table.” 

4. Set the table.  

fall tablescape

Do your centerpiece justice by pairing it with a matching tablescape. If you’re unsure of where to start, Jacobsen recommends looking to the colors of the season for inspiration. 

“Once your fall arrangement is finished, complete the look by setting the table using your favorite ceramics, glassware, and table linen,” says Jacobsen. “Browns, neutrals, and warm autumnal colors are perfect at this time of year, and will allow your centerpiece to really stand out.”

5. Don’t forget about the bathroom. 

The bathroom is a high-traffic area, especially during the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunity by decorating your bathroom, too! 

“Yes, even your bathroom can join in on the seasonal fun,” says Amira Johnson, an interior designer at Emerald Doors. “A few decorative pumpkins and a striped, harvest-colored hand towel can instantly put a seasonal twist in your bathroom. Switch your hand soap to a fall-inspired scent, and you’ll be good to go.” 

When to Put Out Fall Decor 

While it’s completely up to you when you decide to decorate your home for the season, the last thing you want to do is drag out the gourds and pumpkins in August. 

“The best time to put up fall decor is in September or October,” says Jen Stark, the founder of Happy DIY Home. “This is when the weather starts changing; you should avoid putting up your fall decor anytime before the month of August,” Stark continues. “This will help keep your decorations in sync with the season. It’s also important to not confuse fall and holiday decor.”