Tips for Adding Warmth to Your Fall Decor as it Gets Cooler Outside

Fall colors can really help to warm things up inside as it gets colder outside.  The orange and gold tones combined with greens, browns and natural tones add a great deal of warmth and lighten things up as our days get shorter and it gets dark earlier.

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When changing your dining table decor for the holidays, easy changes can be made with  place mats, cloth napkins and holders…

Great example from Pier 1 Imports.

The great thing about pumpkins and branches in your decor is that you can keep them out through Thanksgiving.  In fact, branches can be used through Christmas by adding lights and ornaments, and then bare branches are great through January as well.

Fall is a great time to add branches and pumpkins in your decor. Your entry way is a great place to start, and prioritize. Photo source: Pottery Barn.

Changing out your pillows is a simple way to dress your interior for fall. Source: Pottery Barn.

Prep your pillows for fall decorating. Photo source: Pottery Barn.

Or even adding a pop of orange with branches and silks. Source: Pottery Barn.

Have fun mixing elements in your fall decor settings. Photo source: Create and Barrel

Autumn table center pieces

Autumn is a great time to bring in the outdoors, including pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, fall leaves, branches, etc.

You can start using pinecones in your fall decor and keep them out for your Christmas decor. Source: Country Living

Branches, pumpkins and leaves oh my! Source: Crate and Barrel

Table centerpieces:

  • Try using 2 table runners horizontally across the table, (shown further below)
  • Using burlap as fabric makes it easy to make your own.  It can cost around $3-$5 per yard,  or you can purchase them ready made…

This Pottery Barn jute tablerunner can be purchased for $29 - $39.00.

Burlap table runner layered with ribbons

  • Black iron is a great material for fall displays

A great coffee table fall decorating example from Pottery Barn

Black iron is great for fall decor. Source: Pottery Barn

The black Smith Hurricane can be purchased from Pottery Barn for $29.00

  • Throw in some fall leaves around your decor items, or in them…

Leaves are great mixed in with your fall decor. Source: Country Living

Combine your leaves with candles... These leaves are from Pottery Barn


  •   Garlands are great as table center pieces or decor for buffets, credenza or wrapped around chandeliers…

Garland as table center piece. Source: Pottery Barn.

Garlands can go around chandeliers.

  • Large bowls are great as center pieces.  Fill with gourds, small orange pumpkins, gourds, leaves, and other fall items.  Or if you don’t have a really large bowl, group it with other similar items…

Group like items together for more of an impact

  • Candles are another great way to bring in the fall or Halloween colors

Candles in fall colors mixed with leaves from Pier 1 Imports

Turn small pumpkins into candle holders and display in centerpieces…

Pumpkin candle holders available at Pottery barn for $6.00 - 29.00

Group items to…

  • Create a more dramatic center piece:

Grouping items creates more interest. Source: Country Living

Group like items together for table center piece. Source: Pottery Barn.

Group similar items for more impact. Source: Pottery Barn.

The entry way is a great area to prioritize decorating if your short on time. Photo Source: Potter Barn.

Create a table scape. Source: Pottery Barn.

  • Halloween:  Group together several black ceramic vases  and candle sticks…
  • Certain retailers can be great inspiration such as Pottery Barn

    • Grouping creates a more interesting and attention-getting display on a mantle, credenza, or a buffet

    Create an autumn display with a cohesive grouping. Source: Pottery Barn

    Source: Pottery Barn

    • Holidays and seasons are a great time to display kid artwork…  It’s fun to save it through the years, and bring it out for the holidays
    • Use sheer fabric to cut out ghost shapes and hang over doorways, mirrors and windows
    • Use black craft paper to cut out shapes such as bats to attach to windows


    • Repetition of items also creates a nice affect and has more impact than just 1 small item

    Repeat smaller items for great impact. Photo Source: Country Living

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