Fall Home Decor & Decorating Ideas From SouthernLiving
Simple white plates paired with timeless flatware and thin stemware keep a rustic setting looking elegant. Bold orange napkins add a pop of seasonal color.
Etch Your Pumpkins
Announce your address in style by cleverly etching your house number (or your initials or name) into a pumpkin. You can pile a combination of traditional and heirloom pumpkins on your front steps, and top with your etched design.
Fall Home Decor Foliage Arrangement
The key to arranging leaves is to group them by size and color as you would flowers. Fiery red maple makes a beautiful focal point when countered with the feathery foliage of dawn redwood laden with globes of gray-green-fruit on the fringes.
Line Your Steps
There’s a reason you see mums each fall—they work. Once buds begin to open, you’re guaranteed blooms whether your display is in sun or shade. To prolong the show, water when dry and remove spent flowers. Pair with Mexican sage and boxwoods for this stunning display.
Make Pomanders: Display oranges studded with dried whole cloves for a festive and fragrant addition to your fall decor.
Fun Serving Pieces
Topped with silver serving pieces, pale gray and green pumpkins add interesting height to your buffet.
Fall Home Decor Front-Door Harvest
Pair pumpkins with potted kale to create a warm welcome. Grace an entry with a garland made of clippings from the garden.
Pile Them On
For a quick and easy approach, group your favorite tiny pumpkins on a side table, and let the collection speak for itself. There is no right or wrong way to create this display. This arrangement looks unintentional, adding a carefree, casual seasonal touch.
To make an arrangement, choose your favorite pumpkin (we like the flat-bottomed Fairytale) and pick up some violas, pansies, red and green leaf lettuce, thyme, and rosemary to decorate. Clean the pumpkin with a Clorox wipe, cut a hole in the top, and scoop out seeds. Line with aluminum foil or a plastic bag, and fill three-quarters full with potting soil and plants.
Vertical displays make a big statement at the front door. Tucking in cool-weather edibles such as ornamental flowering cabbages, kale, and bay leaves adds a distinctive twist. To create topiaries, sandwich bay wreaths between pumpkins stacked in concrete urns, and top with a small pumpkin.
Make Custom Candleholders
Transform mini pumpkins into luminarias by cutting a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scooping out the centers with a tablespoon, and inserting votive candles.
Fall Home Decor Fancy Pumpkin Display
It’s simple to decorate pumpkins with just a few supplies from the hardware or crafts store. Create stylish seasonal decor with some gold and black paint and place them all around the house.
Naturally shed antlers lend a new twist to table decor. Pile them up with different-colored pumpkins, pine cones, and loose nuts and bring the outdoors in.
Add Height to Your Pumpkin Display
Arrange branches, dried grasses, moss, squash, and small pumpkins in a vase as you would a traditional flower display. Then, choose a single pumpkin with an interesting shape or a twisted stem to showcase. Place it on a smaller table or stool to help set it apart from the rest.
Construct an easy-to-assemble Indian corn garland beginning with a piece of sisal rope. If you like, dye it dark brown or a golden maize shade. Wrap it with broomcorn, corn tassels (stalks are available at farmers markets), or other dried grasses. Place corn along the rope single file or gathered in bundles of three. Wire corn securely in place, and then tie raffia on top for a finishing touch. Hang your garland across a door or from your mantel.
Celebrate the bounty of fall with multiple show-stopping arrangements. Orchids, lotus pods, rose hips, and cattails brighten this dining room.
Complete your tablescape by adding candles in fun lanterns that complement your color palette. Mix in simple canning jars for a more casual affair.
Traditional Pumpkin Mantel
Choose an assortment of small pumpkins and squash in muted colors that complement the surrounding style. Bring in other items from around your home that you wouldn’t normally think to pair with pumpkins, such as julep cups and old books covered in elegant paper. The key is to keep the look simple by sticking to the same basic color tones.
For an arrangement that will last through Thanksgiving, place a potted oncidium orchid in a large, lined cachepot, and surround it with water-soaked florist foam. Insert cut fall foliage into the foam along with dried crepe myrtle pods and rose hips. Then add stems of orange dendrobiums in water-filled florist tubes.
Vibrant Fall Colors
Combine the season’s hottest hues in a vibrant mix of ‘Snapshot Orange’ snapdragons, ‘Purple Pixie’ loropetalum, and bright ‘Penny Clear Yellow’ violas. Tuck in the showy foliage of ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ heuchera to complete the look.