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Decorate Your Home for Fall

Spruce up your home for fall by adding seasonal decorating touches in every room. Use these easy ideas to fill your home with autumnal textures and colors.


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    • So Much Cozy

      With warm colors, touches of nature, and a hint of sophistication, this mantel display embodies the best of fall. To make the wreath, use a wire form as a base. Snip bunches of sumac, leaving 6-inch stems. Push them firmly into the wire form, moving from left to right. Work your way around, layering and securing branches with wire until it's completely full. Use a hot-glue gun to secure additional pieces to fill in gaps. Tie with a velvet ribbon to hang. Complete the display with golden yellow vases and objects and a few additional fronds and branches.

    • DIY Fall Decor

      Make a gorgeous fall lantern with supplies you probably already have at home. Watch and learn the secret!

    • Color Mix

      While golds, reds, and oranges are all perfectly acceptable fall colors, they're expected. Try arranging purple and pink flowers among your pumpkins and gourds to elevate the basic fall palette.

    • Complementary Colors

      Create a big impact with your fall displays by using contrasting colors. Use a colored vase that complements the color of the leaves you use. This makes the leaves stand out and adds more interest to the room. Stick with cool colors, like blues, purples, and greens, to complement different shades of red, orange, and yellow leaves.

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    • Fall Table

      Whether it's for Thanksgiving dinner or a weekend brunch with friends, set a gorgeous table with ease using this formula: Mix old and new, weave a theme of texture throughout your items, add in touches of nature, and, for a thoroughly modern take, incorporate hints of blue.

    • Classic with a Twist

      Create a simple yet stunning fall look for a buffet or mantel in a few simple steps. Start with a few pumpkins, grab a few stems of Japanese lanterns and stick them in a blue vase. While it seems simple, using a blue vase and a flower with a unique shape takes the arrangement to the next level.

    • Video: Fall Wreath

      Bring fall decor outdoors with a pretty wreath. See how to make one using nautral elements.

    • Take It Outside

      Why should your indoor spaces have all the fun? Add a touch of fall to your front door using the same elements you use inside. Go to the next slide for our best outdoor fall decorating tricks.

    • Outdoor Decor: Three Tips

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      Woodland Wonder

      Turn russet-orange roses into an autumn accent simply by adding woodland-inspired details. Fern fronds and acorns add a forestlike touch, giving the glam roses a more earthy vibe. Complete the look by turning a basic vase into a woodland stunner by wrapping it in wood-look wrapping paper.

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      Branching Out

      Create a large-scale arrangement with a few branches. Arrange the branches in a vase and adorn with walnut ornaments. To make the ornaments, cut a 10-inch length of ribbon, fold it in half, and attach the midpoint to a walnut with a hot-glue gun. Knot the two free ends and hang. 

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      Natural Gradient

      As the leaves change outside, keep in mind that those changing colors can be perfect for fall-inspired decor. Create a quick and easy centerpiece by filling glass vases with water and clusters of small branches with different colors of leaves. Arrange them according to degree of change, creating a natural color gradient.

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      Spread It Around

      For the full fall effect, plan a few arrangements, spreading the season from your mantel to your coffee table. Replace existing pillows and throws with fall-hue counterparts and you're ready for the season.

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      Fall Combo

      Set your table for the season by combining a variety of fall styles. Drape your table in a plaid flannel tablecloth. Top it with seasonal produce such as apples, pumpkins, and little gourds, and garnish the look with flowers. Accents in warm, neutral colors such as brown, yellow, orange, and red add to the fall-inspired look.

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      Wreaths for All

      A wreath is a perfect way to tie in fall decor to not only your front door but also to mantels, walls, and more. Combine greenery with fall-color accents, such as fruits, nuts, or small pumpkins or gourds. The combination of colors and the natural look will instantly bring an autumn touch to the room. With a simple wreath of greenery, you can easily replace the fall accents with wintry counterparts later in the season.

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      Turn Over a New Leaf

      Next dinner party, skip the flowers and head for the trees. Dress up place settings with mini bouquets of leaves tied with ribbon. Or try arrange a few leafy branches in a vase for a chic (and free!) centerpiece. Heartier than flowers but  just as festive, branches will last several days to a week in water. Look for leaves that have turned colors but are not yet brittle.

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      Trading Places

      As the seasons change outside, so should your home decor. One easy and creative way to cultivate a subtle fall style statement is by switching out ordinary accessories for ones with texture. Here, an ordinary lampshade was replaced with a linen one, incorporating natural texture in an unexpected place.

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      Autumnal Art

      Dress up your mantel or wall with this simple art project. To press and dry leaves, place them between sheets of newsprint inside a heavy book for several days. Stretch linen over a canvas and staple onto the frame. Pin pressed leaves onto the canvas in rows for a graphic arrangement.

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      Floral Place Settings

      Get creative when entertaining by using around-the-house items, such as a soup tureen, to create gorgeous arrangements and centerpieces. Small bunches of mums -- or other vibrant flowers like dahlias or scabiosa centers -- add pops of color to simple household items. Place a square of florists foam in the vessel and arrange the flowers. To add a place card, stick the tines of an old fork into the foam and use an adhesive dot to attach a name tag to the handle.

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      Simply Natural

      Fall decor doesn't have to be elaborate or fancy. In fact, the simpler, the better. Add a touch of autumn to your dining room with a burlap table runner and fresh flowers or greens from outside. Spindly branches bunched together also add a fall look. Whether they're gathered from your yard or purchased at a crafts store, branches are a quick, easy way to add a natural look to the room.

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      Chestnuts Roasting

      Fall decor doesn't have to be complicated. You can create this warm, autumn-inspired look with just three items. Place a simple candle in a bowl and surround it with chestnuts, acorns, nuts, berries, or another fall feature to make an easy centerpiece. Shop thrift stores for eclectic bowls and vessels in fall colors.

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      Personalize Your Pumpkin

      Jack-o'-lantern faces aren't the only option for pumpkins. Try different pumpkin-decorating techniques to correspond with your own personal style. Go with curvy carvings for a more elegant, refined look, or paint shapes or designs on the pumpkin for a bold look. For more variety, try different sizes of pumpkins or different colors: orange, white, or even green.

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      All Shapes and Sizes

      Gourds are fun fall decorations because of their various shapes, sizes, and colors. Whether they're green, orange, or white, round, curvy, or both, gourds can add fall color and diversity to your room. Try placing them in a basket, bowl, or even a serving platter to add an autumnal touch to any space.

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      Mix and Match Flowers

      Bring together an array of autumn colors with a mix-and-match arrangement of flowers. Mums are a common fall flower that vary in appearance and can create stunning arrangements. Pair them with pom-poms, anemones, quills, spiders, brushes, or thistles, or single or double mums; there are plenty of fall flowers to combine for a gorgeous bunch. For an arrangement with big impact, position flowers in tall, cylindrical vases and place the vases together. Wrap the grouping with wide ribbon, and use adhesive squares to hold the ribbon in place.

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      Earthy Meets Elegant

      Place an earthy fall arrangement under a glass display dome to create a casual yet elegant look. Combine the best of the fall harvest, such as gourds, small pumpkins, and hedge apples, in a shallow terra-cotta bulb pan, and cover with a glass dome to construct the simple autumn arrangement.

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      Low-Cost Fall Flower Arrangement

      Creating a stunning seasonal centerpiece doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. For an inexpensive and easy fall arrangement, collect fallen branches and place them in a vessel you already own. Or, take a trip to your local crafts store and search out faux branches adorned with fall berries or leaves. The arrangement will have the same wow-worthy effect, but you won't have to worry about trailing bugs or dirt into your home, and you can use the faux finds for years to come.

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      Bountiful Display

      Welcome guests into your home with a casual fall entryway arrangement. Creatively repurpose serving trays to display a collection of gourds or small pumpkins. Large, primitive-style pottery can hold an arrangement of leafy branches or late-blooming flowers. This table was placed in the center of this spacious entryway, but you can also re-create the display on a side table if your home has limited space.

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      Double-Duty Decor

      Add seasonal style and functionality to your living spaces by draping cozy blankets across the backs of chairs. The blankets will see plenty of use as people snuggle up on those brisk autumn nights. For a seamless look, search for blankets in colors and patterns that will complement your existing decor.

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      Low-Cost Table Settings

      Rather than investing in all-new fall dishware, pair what you already have with a complementing fall centerpiece. Orange leaves complement the blue dishes on this pretty tablescape. You can also pair dishware you already own with festive napkins and table linens to create an easy table display.

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      Effortless Arrangement

      With an abundance of falling leaves and branches available at almost every turn, creating festive arrangements this season is easier than ever. Here, a bundle of collected grasses was placed in a small metal bucket to create a casual side table display. The grasses were left unarranged to create a rustic, just-gathered look.

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      Seasonal Slumber

      If you have neutral bed linens in need of a seasonal lift, switch out sheets or sham covers for ones in fall-inspired hues. These bold red sheets and shams pop against a gray bed frame and bedspread. Choosing linens in shades of red will come in handy even after all of the leaves have fallen since the color can stick around into the holiday season.

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      DIY Table Runner

      Spruce up a neutral table display to prepare for seasonal entertaining. Take a trip to your local fabric store, and select a seasonal pattern in the colors of your choice. Make sure you purchase enough to run the length of your table, and hem the edges using a sewing machine or hem tape.

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      Seasonal Centerpiece

      Create a laid-back table arrangement using fallen leaves and painted gourds. With their irregular shapes and imperfect surfaces, gourds and leaves lend natural texture and visual appeal to this casual dining space. A tall vase holding a single tree branch adds height and dimension to this display.

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      Next Slideshow Natural Fall Wreaths

      Natural Fall Wreaths

      Autumn's colorful bounty of foliage and produce is the first place we look when decorating for fall. Made with (or inspired by) bittersweet, cornhusks, apples, twigs, and other natural adornments and textures, these door wreaths are perfect for welcoming the season.
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