Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.
I officially want to roll myself into a cable knit blanket burrito style and go all homebody status for the next few weeks.
Little snippets of fall have been creeping into our house lately. But this year, as I’ve been decorating our living room for the season, I haven’t been as much into the “in your face” fall decor. And it’s made me realize how to stretch my decor into other seasons to get the most bang for my buck.
I always share my learning moments with y’all anyway, so if you’ve been looking for ways to decorate for fall without spending tons of moolah on pumpkin-y things, here are some of my best tips.
7 Ways to Stretch Your Existing Home Decor for Fall:
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1. Use items without fall-specific images or wording.
I steer clear of any pillow or piece of wall decor or accent that has pumpkin, turkey, or autumn leaf anything on it. It boxes you in so that you can only use it for 3 months and then you have to have the space to store it.
I do the same thing for Christmas decor. It’s way more fun to have the flexibility of pieces that you can use any time you want to change up the look of your home in whatever season.
I like to incorporate a couple of small pumpkins just for a hint of fall and then that’s about it. Less is more.
2. Use greens, blues, and neutrals in your color palette.
I love using blue and green for summer anyway, so stretching it into fall feels totally natural. Orange and gold and burgundy and plum are gorgeous and all, but they don’t transition well into other seasons, if you want the simple, easy decorating route.
You better believe this deep green quilted velvet pillow will be sticking around through Christmas. 😉
Throw in a white gourd or two and you’re done.
3. Use baskets for adding texture and practical storage.
They’re useful for holding all of the cozy throw blankets during the chilly weather months, but natural weave baskets also give a nod to fall without actually being fall-specific.
4. A simple throw blanket can add instant coziness.
I love a good soft neutral knit blanket because it works with any color palette and can stay hanging out on your couch all the way until spring (or even longer if you live in a colder climate).
5. Use plain greenery to add life to a room.
I’ve mentioned before that I big puffy heart love eucalyptus, but olive branches, boxwood, fiddle leaf fig, pittosporum, and magnolia are all great neutral greeneries that add a lively pop to a space. Or just snip some pretty branches from your own yard, if you have them.
6. Place cut logs on your hearth for natural texture.
If you have a wood burning fireplace, this one’s just useful to begin with, but a little pile of logs communicates coziness in a space. And hey, they’re free if you’re chopping wood anyway!
7. Use a few candles or lanterns to add hygge style to your home.
Might as well make your home warm and glowing as it gets dark sooner in the fall months anyway.
Raid that decor capsule wardrobe, add a little cable knit, put some branches from your yard in a vase, and call it done.
I know I’ll be thanking myself for the simple decorating route later when we’re in the throws of caring for a newborn. Those little ones come with so much gear and chaos and stuff that simple everything else just seems like the way to go.
Got any others to add to the list?
I’m down to learn all of the decor stretching tricks over here.
If you want more fall decorating ideas of seasons’ past, you can see them all here.