Fall Decor Ideas – 10 Chic Ways to Embrace the Season

Fall decor may be reminiscent of harvest-inspired garlands, decorative pumpkins, and a profusion of orange, but in reality, it’s all about setting a mood for the season as it slowly shifts. It’s about preparing the house for hibernation, making sure the evenings are cozy and even creating a connection with nature that reflects how the outside world has changed in the autumn months.

If you’re all about that fall vibe, choosing comforting, colorful paints, decor elements, lighting, and fabrics is the place to start. It’s amazing what a big difference a small accent wall, richly colored throw pillows and tons of glowing candles can make to bring that cozy fall aesthetic into your home.

If you want to make it cozier indoors, these 10 tips will bring seasonal warmth to your home. Look.

10 Fall Decor Ideas That Aren’t Design Cliché

1. Choose mature earth tones

A living room with an orange sofa and a blue rug

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While light and bright tones are usually considered the more ‘safe’ colors for the home, to make your home feel warmer, you can opt for warmer tones to boost the cozy factor. A few splashes of a fall-inspired palette can elevate your spaces without making them feel OTT. For your living room accent wall, think rust tones, terracotta, and olive green. Painting is an easy and inexpensive way to warm up a room, especially when the paint is used on just one or two walls. Or you can choose these shades for your upholstery.

“While a neutral, scandi-inspired palette remains popular, we’re seeing a shift toward more saturated earthy tones for fall,” say Jen & Mar, co-founders of Interior Fox (opens in new tab). Mulberry, burgundy, orange and terracotta pops are being introduced as we embrace color in the home. We also noticed a transition to brown tones that are now subtly combined with beige and natural tones. Brown accents mainly come to the fore through upholstery and tiles.’

2. Add warmth with wood

A dining room with wall coverings

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Paints aren’t the only way to add warmth to spaces. Wood is timeless, charming and has an inherent warmth. There is no need to undergo major rehab if you are not planning one. You might consider giving a little something extra with a new piece of furniture or decor, or try the trend for exposed wood wall panels that look both grand and cozy.

“Light, whitewashed wood or natural wood tones through vintage furniture, paneling or dark-colored cabinets can add all the warmth you need to your home,” say Jen & Mar.

3. Create a warm light schedule

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Whether lighting ideas for the bedroom, bathroom or living room, the key to creating a cozy, comfortable space is combining different light sources to complement the atmosphere of the room without making it too bright or under-lit. .

“To create a cozy aesthetic in the home, mood lighting or mood lighting, as it is also called, can transform an interior or even a space, and the key to this is all about layering,” says Angela Murray of Hadeland Glass Factory (opens in new tab). ‘Go for a combination of accent and task lighting, use a mix of floor, table and pendant to influence the atmosphere of a room. One of the most beautiful materials for diffusing light is glass. Use sandblasted, tinted or clear glass to create varying degrees of diffusion. It is also worth remembering that the light output controls allow you to determine the degree of luminaire in the room.’

To make the house cozy for the fall, low lighting in the scheme. “Bring an assortment of lamps with you, as this will create an autumnal atmosphere in your home,” said David Amos, CEO of Amos Lighting + Home (opens in new tab). ‘Using lamps in the evening, as opposed to spotlights and ceiling lamps, creates a softer lighting look that influences the overall atmosphere of the house. Choose a comfortable environment for warm lighting, with soft tactile tones.’

“Choose soft yellow lighting and combine it with plenty of lighted candles to promote a sense of calm,” says Juliette Thomas, founder of Juliette’s Interiors (opens in new tab).

4. Opt for textured walls

A bedroom with textured paint

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Wall color is an important decorating decision in interiors; an element that can completely change the atmosphere of a room. But a simple, flat paint job isn’t always the best choice when it comes to bringing movement and dynamism to your design. Enter textured paint finishes – from high-gloss enamel, Venetian plaster, decorative finishes and more, the choices are endless

“Textured and colored wall surfaces are focal points,” says Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem, founder of YSG Studio (opens in new tab). This also includes tiled walls (ideally handmade elements with a wavy surface and a soft sheen such as Moroccan Zellige tiles (opens in new tab)). Venetian and whitewashed walls are also gaining strength. Venetian plaster gives an instantly worn, beautiful sheen that allows special lighting and natural sunlight to flow over it, while lime wash surfaces have a matte depth like crushed velvet if you’re looking for a cocooning feel to a room.”

5. Color Bath to Create a Wraparound Space

a yellow color drenched living room

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Speaking of paint and color, a great way to create an enveloping feeling, a warm embrace and more is with color infusion – a technique of painting walls and ceilings the same color. You might even consider soaking the joinery in the same shade. Choosing warmer colors creates the illusion that the walls are getting closer (but in a good way), making even a large space feel comfortable and cozy. Go for colors like red, orange, yellow, mustard and green for an autumn-inspired palette.

“Color soaking, especially when using dark colors, works best in small spaces like a hallway, hallway, or small bathroom,” says Justyna Korczynska of Crown Paints. “By enveloping a small space in a color, the focus shifts from noticing the size of that space to appreciating the hues that surround us.”

6. Curved pieces of furniture create a feeling of cocooning

A curved white sofa in a living room

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Curved benches are useful for defining a space. This piece can also be a boon when arranging living room furniture to create space for circulation. But apart from the functional aspects, this shape is the pinnacle of comfort and cosiness. It invites you to curl up, relax and sleep.

“Furniture design is getting more curved and architectural forms (although sharp angles are avoided), so expect to see a lot more sculptural exhibits,” says Yasmine of YSG Studio. Household stores are also increasingly selling ceramists’ pieces and providing affordable access to collecting, with local Australian and Japanese talents taking care of our interests lately. Retro shops are also great places to visit for cozy, great-value ‘one-offs’.

7. Bring softness through layering fabrics

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Layered textiles are the key to a truly cozy space, whether it’s blankets and pillows on a sofa or bed, or a soft rug in the living room.

Layer up this fall season by bringing in a whole army of plush fabrics. “Fall is all about making your home cozy, and this can be done by using soft color palettes and luscious fabrics, a fireplace fender, plus velvety textures that make everything feel embracing,” says interior designer. Olivia Emery (opens in new tab).

“I like to trade in my throws and pillows that are lighter in weight and color, such as linen and cotton, for something richer, such as wool or cashmere,” said Alex Epstein, chief designer at Purple Cherry Architects (opens in new tab).

8. Choose earthy, woody home scents

A living room with a textured wall

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When it comes to fall scents, consider bergamot, cinnamon, amber, fig, ginger, apple cinnamon, maple and more. All scents that remind you of warm things and the outdoors. From candles and diffusers to sprays, shift your home’s scent with the seasons.

‘Every year I change my candle and diffuser for earthy scents that suit the mood of the changing seasons; it immediately transforms the atmosphere of the space,” says Alex of Purple Cherry Architects.

9. Create cozy corners

living room corner ideas large fiddle leaf fig from Kitesgrove

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Do you have an empty or awkward bedroom, kitchen, hallway or living room corner? Use it as an opportunity to create cozy moments in your home. Add to this a bookcase, along with a sofa with a plaid, and you have a wonderful reading spot. You can also add a chaise lounge or daybed for quick afternoon naps. Make use of an empty window by placing a sofa or swing here; the perfect seat to watch the world go by.

If nothing else works, a beautiful gallery wall with personal family photos can be the perfect, charming touch to your interior.

“By combining the avant-garde, playful artwork and painting areas and corners that are often unexpected, this season we can express our creativity and explore unconventional ideas in interiors in a fun and creative way,” says Justyna.

10. Decorate spaces with fall flower arrangements

A corner with a sunflower

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While the outside world may be yellowing, make sure your interior is cheerful, decorated and vibrant. Go for bright flowers (artificial can work this time of year) for your window box ideas. You can also opt for indoor flowering fall varieties such as Cape Primrose or Goldfish plant.

“My go-to is to properly store all of our fresh hydrangea arrangements after they dry and use them for fall arrangements,” said Lance Thomas, founder of Thomas Guy Interiors (opens in new tab). ‘Dried flowers are the perfect backdrop to get into the fall mood when it still feels summery outside. Avoid overtime arrangements and decor. It should look effortless. For example, just cut a branch and stick it in a vase with water. Show the intention, not the work.’

What’s New in Fall Decorations?

A living room with yellow walls and wooden furniture

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This year there is a newfound love for earth tones, honey-sweet colours, moss and warm mint green tones. According to the paint trends for 2022, lime wax paint will be a great paint finish and will continue to charm next year.

Anything that indicates warmth, coziness, and a sense of being enveloped becomes a mainstay for the fall decor. Woven materials, earthy textures and curves will take over interiors. This also applies to mixed vintage and modern textured fabrics. One big trend that has seen a resurgence this year and will continue is the coastal grandmother trend.

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