These simple fall living room decor ideas will bring you the fall decorating inspiration you need to make your home cozy and inviting for the autumn season in a tasteful way!
How Do You Decorate Tastefully In The Fall?
If you've read this blog for any length of time you not only know that I love seasonal decorating! But I especially love to decorate for the fall.
Since sharing back in the fall of 2020, how my decorating style had changed. I've taken a new and more thoughtful approach to my fall seasonal decor that doesn't include grabbing the first cute "it's fall y'all" pillow or sign I see.
But instead, I've concentrated on a more warm, inviting, and cozy space that reflects this beautiful season.
Doing this has not only helped me decorate my home tastefully for fall. But, have also helped me save more money and have less to store.
Let me share 10 simple tips to welcome fall into your own home tastefully and naturally.
Living Room Decor Ideas: 10 Tips For Tasteful Fall Decorating
1- Use Organic And Natural Elements As Accents
In addition to real pumpkins, there are other natural elements you can introduce to your fall decor.
You can forage for natural elements like acorns, pinecones, dried flowers, and real branches with or without leaves right outside for free!
These beautiful drying hydrangeas (a fall favorite) will last until winter.
Pinecones and acorns are great simply piled into a pretty vessel or a dough bowl and displayed on your coffee table or a console table.
(Keep an eye out for the quick video tutorial on the pinecone bowl next week!)
2- Beware Of Pumpkin Overload
Looking back on some of my fall home decor photos. It's clear to see displaying too many pumpkins really turned my fall decor into more of a theme as you can see HERE. Instead of capturing the essence of the season in a natural way.
A few well-placed pumpkins are usually enough to convey the season indoors.
Displaying mini pumpkins (I especially love the white ones) in decorative vessels is a nice way to display pumpkins (without them taking over).
3- Incorporate Different Textures
Adding texture to a room makes it feel warm, cozy, and interesting. On the other hand, when a space has little to no texture, it can feel flat and cold.
Layering in pieces such as woven baskets, warm and fluffy faux fur throw blankets, or soft throw pillows in a variety of textures can help create the perfect vibe for a fall living room.
4- Have A Fall Color Palette In Mind
I think the majority of us when it comes to decorating for fall, just grab our orange pumpkins and fall leaves and sprinkle them around the house.
But keep in mind your home's existing decor and color palette. And choose fall decor that compliments those colors, instead of the default bright red and oranges.
You can create fall color schemes to match almost any decor. Since you can find decorative pumpkins fake or real in a variety of styles and colors. Along with faux branches and flowers too.
5- Create Warmth And Ambience
When mid-September rolls around it starts to get darker noticeable earlier. Giving us another visual clue of the changing season.
Once the sun sets, capture that moody feeling indoors by ditching the bright overhead lighting for floor and table lamps that have dimmers.
No dimmer no problem. These smart light bulbs work with almost any lamp and let you change the color and temperature of your lights from your phone. I have one in almost every lamp in my house and it's a game changer!
Don't forget to incorporate candles with or without candle holders.
They cast a warm amber glow that makes for an even cozier atmosphere when used alone or paired with dimmed lighting.
6- Use Fall-Themed Pillows Sparingly (if at all)
As I've shared many times on this blog. One of the easiest and quickest ways to change the look of your space when decorating seasonally is by switching out your pillows or pillow covers.
But I encourage you to skip over the pumpkin patch pillows.
Instead go for pillow covers in a variety of cozy textures like velvet, knits, linen, and faux fur. In a mix of warm tones, neutrals, and earthy fall tones.
Now instead of having pillows that work only from September to November. You'll have pillows that can be incorporated into your winter decor and beyond.
Reducing the number of pillows you have to store.
In my case, the oversized knitted pillows on my sectional will work great through winter.
7- Change Your Artwork
Just like pillows, art is another easy way to change the look and feel of a room.
With digital download art prints like these free vintage landscape art printables that I shared the other day being so popular right now. Changing your artwork seasonally is easy to do and a great way to enhance your existing decor for any season.
Plus, if you use a thrifted frame that's almost free decor 😄!
8- Use The Scents Of The Season In Your Home
When in a space, we not only experience it with our eyes. The smell also plays a big role too.
Using scented candles is an easy way to help bring in that fall feeling without having to visually take up space.
Another popular option is stovetop potpourri also known as simmer pots. For fall you gently simmer apples, oranges, and fall spices. Making your home smell like all the great things about fall, like pies.
(Let me know if you want me to make a quick tutorial post about it for you?)
9- Use Real Fall Clippings Instead of Faux Foliage
This one is a doozy (please don't be mad at me 😂). Because I'm not opposed to fake greenery and florals at all. I've used them myself.
However, I think the fake plastic-looking greenery and foliage can cheapen the look of your overall fall decor. Especially faux greenery and florals in colors that wouldn't naturally occur in nature.
Opt for natural elements like branches with or without leaves that you can get outside for free!
Also try using dry flowers and foliage like hydrangeas, eucalyptus, thistle, millet, and wheat.
10- Exercise Restraint When Adding Fall Touches
Over the years I've learned that decorating with too many items marketed specifically as “fall decor”, can lead to your overall fall decor not looking as sophisticated as you may want.
Instead, add a few small touches that speak to the season by switching them out with just a few of your everyday pieces.
Remember no matter what anyone says (even me) you do what you love in your own home.
These are just some tips for those looking for this particular aesthetic.
Let me know your thoughts below!
Mary Michelle says
Linda, your home is lovely and very tastefully decorated. I appreciate all your suggestions for decorating for fall because I too find myself wanting to decorate less cute and more simply. I loved the glass pumpkin with the gold stem so perfect for the season.
Linda P. says
Thank you Michelle! I have to say this has been a little hard for me at first since I just love little cute thing LOL. But I don't miss dragging in all those decor bins though.