By Eden Spatz
As the weather changes, you may also be feeling that it’s time to switch things up and give your home decorating plan a seasonal update. No fall interior decor theme would be complete without these key seasonal decor elements, so make sure to include some of each of the following for all your autumnal decorating.
1. Leaf Arrangements
While fresh flowers are great, follow the season and take advantage of the beautiful autumnal reds, oranges, yellows, and browns that abound. Integrate them into your living room or dining room decor with some leaf arrangements. Real leaf branches can be tricky and deteriorate quickly, but there are plenty of tasteful, inexpensive faux leaves, stems, and branches. Incorporate other seasonally appropriate flowers, either faux, real or dried. Cotton blossoms and other natural colored, hardy kinds of blooms complement this style well. Just make sure to avoid anything too delicate as they may be overwhelmed by the leaves. Dried branches added to the leaf arrangement are a tasteful touch and can add body without overdoing the overall effect.
Though pumpkins are the obvious choice for fall decorating, there are an amazing variety of gourds on the market, in all sizes, shapes, textures, and colors for you to choose from. Gourds can be arranged on dining and end tables, piled in baskets in the living room or entryway, as part of mantle decor or centerpiece, or larger varieties can stand alone on the front porch or the living room floor for a pleasing, whimsical decor effect.
3. Leaf Garlands, Wreaths, and Ornaments
Just like their wintertime counterparts made of pine and holly, leaf garlands and wreaths add warm, rustic charm to any room decor plan. Perfect for the mantel, over doorways or around stair banisters, these bountiful decor items add a feeling of warmth and plenty to a room design, channeling the sentiments of gratefulness that are characteristic of the season. Incorporate berries, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and other natural elements as you see fit. Add logs and warm colored candles to a leafy spray and make a centerpiece for the family table. A well-done wreath can hang over the mantle, on the front door, or double as a centerpiece for the table. As with the leaf arrangements, faux leaves work best for these design ideas.
4. Seasonal Table Settings
With the prominence of the Thanksgiving holiday this month, table settings are an obvious focus for fall decorating ideas. Choosing glasses, dishware and table linens in reds, oranges, and yellows are an obvious choice, but you can decorate your table for the autumn season without having to buy everything anew. Fruits and vegetables that are in season make excellent decor accessories: apples, dried corn, and of course, pumpkins and other gourds. Candles are an inexpensive and easy way to add fall color to the table as well, with the added bonus of making each mealtime feel a little more special. Accent a plain white or ivory table setting with napkins in a vibrant orange or golden-mustard color, or use seasonally-themed napkin rings to add just a touch of fall decor without going overboard. Almost anything you can think of to tastefully bring elements of the outdoors onto your table will work.
Whether you just want a single room refresh or you’re looking to go full fall for your home decorating plans, these tips set the stage for beautiful interior decorating. Let the season’s rich palette and cozy vibes inspire your home decor update. Don’t let pumpkins steal the spotlight for fall decorating - challenge your inner interior decorator and branch out. Happy decorating!
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