It’s almost fall which without doubt qualifies as one of the coziest times of the year! Brisk, cool air chases away summer’s brutal heat. The trees begin to light up with colors so magnificent they make many pumpkins smile. The scent of fresh-baked spices is engulfing kitchens everywhere as the warmth from the oven makes windows steamy against the early, frosty mornings. Step outside, close your eyes, and just breathe. Breathe the scent of harvested apples in the air, hayrides, corn mazes, campfires, marshmallows, and fairs filled with kettle corn and barbeque. Listen to leaves crunch under every step as they let go of their summer home and swirl to the ground for their grand finale. Soak in every beautiful moment of autumn by touching each room of your home with Fall inspired Ideas and decor to make your house as cozy and welcoming as the outdoors and months ahead!
The front porch is a great way to start the festive decorations. Welcome guests, trick-or-treaters, and kids returning home from school with a festive welcome sign. Purchase a ready-made version or make it a family project. Start with a simple board from your home improvement store or find a free one on its way to be recycled. Paint it white, then stencil or freehand letters to vertically form the word “welcome”. Leave a space where the “o” belongs, attach a hook for a seasonally interchangeable substitute for the missing letter. For example, use a huge sunflower for fall, cut a craft pumpkin in half for Halloween and Thanksgiving, attach a small wreath decorated with tiny red bows for Christmas. Use your imagination to add festivity right at your own front door!
You’ve welcomed your front door guests, now make your entry and the first step inside your home just as dazzling! Almost everywhere is the phrase that says either “Welcome Fall“ or “It’s Fall y’all“. Create a combo with removable wall lettering that greets all who enter with a big “Welcome y’all…and fall!” Cluster and scatter as many realistic faux pumpkins as possible for a dramatic and welcoming entry!
The place where magical movie nights and family gatherings happen should be the coziest spot in your home. A fall scented candle on the coffee table, a colorful throw blanket to snuggle away the chill and the glow of a faux jack-o’-lantern in the corner will create the perfect autumn atmosphere!
Centerpieces add joy at mealtime and a festive pop to your entire kitchen. Use a wooden bowl, a two-tier display, or any other rustic idea to showcase a bounty of tiny pumpkins, acorns, and leaves. Or go outside and harvest a bundle of everything real. Small pumpkins, gourds, and other touches of nature will likely contribute their glory all the way through Thanksgiving!
What better place to add functional yet decorative fall ideas than the one room that gets brushed off and bare-ly thought of among the shower of festive decorating? Fall soaps will fill your hands with scents as if you reached out and grabbed the season! Replace drab hand towels with fall-themed kitchen versions. Hang a mix of brown and orange bath towels on the bars for a huge color splash. Fill a Dollar Tree glass vase or cylinder with spice-scented potpourri that not only looks festive but will clear the air as well!
Turn drab bedding into something kids will be eager to crawl into. Tie-dye white pillowcases into festive fall colors. A super easy and kid-friendly way to do this is to use permanent markers. You’ll need isopropyl alcohol, sharpie pens in brown, orange, red and yellow, rubber bands and of course the pillowcases. Click this link for step-by-step instructions!
Slip into slumber with crisp orange sheets on your soft, inviting bed. Put down the electronics and stack October magazines on your nightstand. They will get you in the fall mood while serving as informative seasonal decor! Add some pumpkin or other spiced essential oils to a diffuser and swap out your bright white lamp with a soft amber bulb. You’ll be fall-ing asleep in no time!
Just as we use garlands of pine and berries at Christmas, deck your fall mantle with garlands of leaves! Hobby Lobby and Michaels have a great selection if you shop early! People travel long distances to catch a glimpse of simple leaves at their colorful peaks. A generous display around a cozy fire will make a fall focal point just a few steps away!
Wreaths are for doors, right? Imagine how gorgeous a wreath-lined hallway could be with every door decked out! To avoid nail holes, purchase over-the-door wreath hangers from Dollar Tree. Use wreath forms, grapevine wreaths, or even styrofoam versions for a family night of custom wreath making. When the festive features are finished, tuck some battery-powered lights among the array for a soft glowing night light.
Stack some hay bales around your fire pit or on your porch for decorative seating. Add Instant color with pots of orange, yellow, and red mums or chrysanthemums. And absolutely, without a doubt, don’t forget pumpkins! Lots of pumpkins with at least one set aside for Halloween carving! When finished with the bales, scatter them in the back of a pick-up for a moonlit hayride!