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7 Ways to Stretch Your Existing Home Decor for Fall

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.

Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

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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Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

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.

Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

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. 😉

Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

Throw in a white gourd or two and you’re done.

Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

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.

Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

Neutral living room fall decor

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).

Neutral living room fall decor

Neutral fall decor on an end table

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.


Neutral fall mantel

Add cut logs to your heart for added coziness for fall decor

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!

Lanterns and pumpkin on a hearth to add coziness for fall

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.

Neutral fall decor and cozy reading chair

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.

Money-saving decorating tips for adding coziness and texture to a space for fall decor without having to shop for it.

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.

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23 Comments

  1. This post resonates so much with me as a mom of 7, the youngest is 8 weeks and I simply don’t have time money or practical space for anything but the simplest decor! Thanks for making simplicity so beautiful and inspiring!

  2. Lauren, I love all your tips!
    I am pretty sure you have given the instructions on making your padded coffee table. Can you send me a link to that post?
    I have my table and fabric, but don’t know how to go back and find the instructions. 🙂
    Thanks for any help!
    Along that line, is there a way to access a “table of contents”? So often I want to go back to a post but don’t know how to 🙂

  3. Are the pictures of the items in the photos suppose to link to where they can be purchased? I am not able to find where you purchased your items.

    1. So sorry, Donna! The pictures are links to be able to purchase. There is a trick that can be annoying. So, try to click on the outer ridge of the picture. The Pinterest link likes to sit directly in the center. Let me know if you continue to have trouble.

      1. Hey Donna! I’m actually glad you brought this up because I looked into the issue and was able to fix it so the pin-it button should be gone from the thumbnail photos now. 🙂 Let me know if you still have trouble!

  4. Love the simplicity of the décor! I don’t like fancy all out Fall décor and this is subtle touches I can totally deal with. Cozy and simple is how I roll 🙂

    1. That was my same thought. I was personally thinking dark colors, but I still do get that clean crisp fall feel throughout the space. Candle and wooden log are great ways to asd that cozy feel. Thanks for the tips.

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