Photo Gallery: Fall Decorating Ideas
Accessorize your home for the season.
For a saturated look, paint out the trim, walls and mantel in similarly dark shades, such as this plum purple. Regal armchairs in a velvet upholstery, an inky side table and mottled area rug create an enveloping cocoon of colour.
Maple leaves stay fresh for up to three weeks and, when the leaves begin to drop, a few here and there add seasonal flair. Fill bottles with tepid water, then cut the bottom of the branches on an angle. To help them take in water, use a sharp knife to slice up the middle of each branch about an inch. Replace the water when it becomes murky.
This timeless combination confers elegance and provides the perfect backdrop for a harvest centrepiece of pumpkins, gourds and decorative kale. Create tiers to give the display visual interest: stack larger pumpkins and gourds on a cake platter, perch the kale in shallow bowls of water and scatter mini pumpkins on the table. Handsome flatware with rustic handles, crystal goblets and vintage pheasant salt and pepper shakers stay on theme.
For a dramatic flared shape, hold pre-bound bundles at the top (just below the grains) and bottom, then twist in opposite directions simultaneously. Knot a thick brown velvet ribbon around the pivot point, keeping the ends long so they spill onto the table.
Avoid being too matchy-matchy: mixing motifs in a range of shades looks extra lush. Continue the warming trend by covering bare floors with a thick wool rug in a cranberry hue; flip it over for a vintage needlepoint look or place it plush side up for a luxe feel underfoot.
Chamomile-coloured walls ensure a sunny feel during grey winter days and are neutral enough to work with most decorating schemes. Add a little life with a quirky gooseberry wreath and a small pitcher of wildflowers bedside.
Unify different frames by painting them white or gold, then wrap any existing mats with linen in earthy neutral tones. (Wrap the linen snugly around the mats and secure at back with glue or double-sided tape. Then, cut an X from corner to corner across the picture opening and fold the resulting triangles of fabric back and affix to the mat.)
Achieve a modern look by placing some in tall vintage jars or rest a few in demure glass compotes with their grassy tops exposed for texture and shape. Their deep red and yellow colour looks especially rich atop dark wood and antique furniture.
Make a seasonal statement in your front hall with a slender Japanese maple standing on its burlap-wrapped base. Majestic but not manicured, it gives the foyer a fab, unfussy feel. Keep a saucer under the root ball to prevent water damage to furniture. Post-party, pot and keep the tree indoors or, if the killing frost is at least six weeks away, plant the tree outside.
Inky black currant sprigs, combined with the vibrant violet rosette of a flowering kale nestled in a shallow ceramic bowl, are a gorgeous (and seasonally-appropriate) alternative to fresh-cut flowers. Lush layers of tone-on-tone textures and timeworn elements, like this Scandinavian-style bureau, add simple, subtle beauty to the space. A wall hanging of pressed barkcloth offer woodsy charm while luxe accents, like a gleaming silver lamp and plush velvet chair, maintain elegance.
Layering fabrics, patterns and colours turns any space into a snug refuge from falling temperatures outdoors. An on-trend grey wall colour and soft grey striped rug underfoot add to the cosy feeling, while unfitted windows keep the space from becoming fussy or visually cluttered.
A nonchalant arrangement of dried pods, berries and buds grouped in a trio of statuesque white vases makes a gorgeous, long-lasting centrepiece. Display them on a sideboard or dining table, where their quirky grace will demand attention.
Rugged textures plucked from the great outdoors — roughly chopped firewood, a supple hide rug — add fall style to this living room. The mantel comes to life with a high-contrast arrangement of dark, gourd-shaped ceramics and pale pumpkins. A chic take on a rambling pumpkin patch, the effect is both playful and pretty.
In shades ranging from pale and pretty to deep and dusky, heirloom varieties with exotic names such as Valenciano (shown), Lumina and Jarrahdale take autumn decorating in an elegant new direction. Simply set on a folded scrap of burlap on a black velvet chair for a chic vignette.
Recast a found or pruned branch as a budget-friendly piece of art by propping it up in a corner (secure it to the wall with fishing wire tied to a small eye hook if necessary). The carefree outdoor-indoor look is not only on-trend, but provides an organic counterpoint to a room’s more formal elements.
Fall decorating looks equally at home in the bedroom as in other areas of the house. For a rustic yet restrained look, try this subtle take on the classic black-and-orange Halloween palette. Upholster a simple Ikea headboard in reclaimed burlap instead of expensive fabric, and set against a black painted wall to dramatic effect. A gorgeous rust-coloured rug, gold accents and eclectic furniture keep the look soft.
Learn how to make a DIY upholstered headboard with these step by step instructions.