It’s that time! That time of year when the sun goes down a little earlier, the air gets a little cooler and the kiddos are going back to school. It’s also time for some fabulous fall decorating.
I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of this time of year because it means winter is coming and I am not a fan of winter at all. However, I do love the cooler temperatures and the colors that come with this season. I get excited when I think about the smell of the apple cinnamon and pumpkin spiced candles that fill the air in my house.
Autumn is a time when families get together, eat, share laughs and create memories around the dining room table. Doing that is what I really love and it gives me an excuse to do some decorating. If you are like me and hate to see summer go then stick around for some impressive simple fall decorating ideas. Hopefully I can convince you that the upcoming winter season isn’t so bad after all.
Fall Color Schemes
As the autumn season approaches, the trees will start to prepare for winter in the same way we do. We cover the barbecue grills and porch furniture, insulate the pipes and bring in our houseplants. Trees do what is called disassemble the chlorophyll (the pigment that absorbs energy from the sun turning it into the oxygen we breathe) to prepare for winter. Chlorophyll gives the leaves it’s green color. As absorption happens it strips the leaves of it’s green color thus giving us the colors of fall.
Shades of red and orange can be seen as this process begins and the summer fades. You can actually change the look of the space by changing the colors of the removable pieces. The easiest way to do this is by changing the throws, pillows and rugs. Add in a touch of purple to act as an accent and you’d be surprised how nice it will look with your decor. One of my favorite colors to work with is cranberry. I like to accent with this color a lot because the richness of this shade adds a great deal of depth to your color scheme.
As you dive deeper into fall you may notice the red and orange are leaning more to a yellowish shade. Combine mustard yellow and brown for some true fall inspiration. Cranberry can be used with this color combination as well to enhance the look of your space. A newer color combination on the scene that I am finding myself looking into more and more is Greige.
This is where Grey and beige meet to produce a splendid color that gives you the best of both worlds. Greige together with a reddish brown make for a very special accent. You can explore more about interior color schemes in my previous article here.
Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas
There are some great ways to dress up the front porch and the outside of your home. Mums can be used in a variety of ways and my favorite is to use them in combination with pumpkins. After selecting the right pumpkins, you will take the tops off and clean them out. Place a bushel of mums in side to appear as if they are sprouting out of the pumpkin. You can greet your visitors by lining your steps with this delightful creation or better yet, adorn your front door with one on each side.
Get into the festivities by creating a harvest theme. Consider taking pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and put them along your steps or walkway while mixing in some ivy to resemble a gorgeous pumpkin patch.
One really cool idea I saw was to take a pumpkin and turn it into a bird feeder. I saw a couple of different ways to do this. Not all birds migrate during the cooler months and as food becomes scarce this is the perfect opportunity to give them a reliable source of food while sprucing up your property.
Start with a small gourd and cut off the bottom and scoop out the seeds. Once the inside has been cleaned out, get some twine and secure the gourd on three sides with the twine. Making sure each knot is tight and hang it. Fill it with some bird seed and watch the birds enjoy.
Another cool bird feeder I found was to take a pine cone and cover it in peanut butter so that acts as an adhesive for the seeds. Put it in the freezer to keep everything together and hang around your yard for some feeding spots perfect for the birds.
Dress up those bare doors with some fall wreaths! You can buy them or make them and they will tie your whole harvest theme together. The good thing about making them is you can customize them to your liking. Utilize those rich colors of autumn and incorporate them into your wreath. Add some pine cones, leaves and even a few tiny pumpkins both white and orange to set your wreath apart from all the others.
Indoor Fall Decorating Ideas
Now that the outside has been taken care of let’s go inside to add some fabulous fall flair. Much to my surprise, pink and orange make a great color combination. You can incorporate this color scheme around your home in such places as the mantel, on the living room and dining room tables as well.
Combining mini orange and white pumpkins with some flowers and accents of pink will help any tablescape or mantel stand out. Your guest will be surprised how well these colors work together. Get the kids involved to create some easy fall leaf garland to hang along the mantle.
Just like the mumpkins I spoke about earlier you can also do this with succulents. Just take a pumpkin of your choice, cut open, clean out and place your favorite arrangement of succulents. Mix in a little moss to add some layers and now you have just made some creative fall vases.
Another fall favorite are the chalkboard welcome signs. You can make these with just an old tray and some chalkboard paint and make it festive by attaching some crab apple branches, leaves or a few painted acorns.
Your Home Is Your Treasure
Your home is as comfortable as you make it. To achieve a warm and inviting space for your guests as well as your family is not as hard as it seems. Make a plan execute and enjoy! Let me know how these ideas work for you or if you have some other ideas, drop them in the comments. Happy Decorating!