Give me all the fall decor, but not too much! If this describes you, read on to learn my 4 tips on how to decorate minimally for fall.
Minimal equals effortless
I love decorating for the seasons and especially for fall. There is something so delectable about cozying up for the incoming winter as the summer fades, and the harvest begins!
Over the years I have made many mistakes in decorating for fall. I have gotten carried away at Hobby Lobby. I’ve bought too many things that say FALL in big letters, but don’t actually do anything to change the vibe of my home or apartment.
Using minimal and natural decorations will keep your home from turning into the cluttered isles of Hobby Lobby. These minimal decorations will also give an effortless feel to home-dwellers and visitors alike!
Like always, less is more. Here are some tips on how to decorate minimally for fall.
1- Use natural elements
The fall is such a beautiful time of the year! Warm tones fill the earth. Golden leaves, orange pumpkins, crimson apples, and dark navy night skies. There are so many beautiful natural elements to fill your home with. Here are some things to use in your decor.
- Dried herbs
A special note to you apartment dwellers: space in an apartment can be limited! In our last apartment, I wanted to decorate for fall so badly, but couldn’t add any decorations without cluttering my home more. Instead I used edible and functional decorations, like squash!
When you are at the store, grab a bunch squash varieties, arrange them in a basket on your counter or table, and cook them up through out the fall. Then if you run out, go buy more for a revolving, useful and beautiful decor piece!
I did this again this year with our acorn squash harvest!
2 – Switch out Fabrics in your Home
Something as simple as fabric really changes the vibe in your home! For example, these navy blue curtains we have are a perfect fall and winter curtain. But when summer comes the navy is too dark, so I switch them out for a light cream sheer curtain.
Think of a few fabrics in your house that you could easily switch out to bring in the cozy color scheme for the fall and winter. Here are some ideas.
- Throw pillows
- Bed sheets
3 – Fall Bouquets
Sunflowers, mumms, eucalyptus, roses, and dried herbs are another great way to decorate minimally for fall. Fall flowers are such a beautiful way to adorn your home!
Going to the store and picking up some flowers to make your own bouquet is a great way to make a special touch to your rooms. Or even finding a beautiful artificial arrangement at a craft store and picking our a warm toned vase to put it in will bring a fall vibe into your home!
This arrangement below is probably my favorite that I will be continually buying and arranging all year. Pro Tip: Trader Joe’s has the best deals on flowers. Making your own bouquet is not only special but cost effective if you shop at Trader Joe’s!
4 – Don’t Overdo It
One of the biggest mistakes I made in decorating for fall was overdoing it. Every season I would go shopping and find all the cute decor items at the store, but I would end up with a cluttered home. It can be so tempting to buy all the apple buckets and adorable farmhouse crates that have “Pumpkins” stenciled on the side.
While these are so cute, year after year of purchasing these items you will have so many your decorating for fall will look forced.
I recently heard on a Simple Farmhouse Life Podcast “How to be your best interior designer” that when there is alot of nick-nacks, and “decor pieces” that are on every surface of your home, it takes away from the style of you home or your natural decor. The more nick-nacks you have the more your decorating seems desperate and forced.
I know. I did this for many years! Less is more. Simple changes around the house to signal “fall is here” is where the gold is!
Check out my Pinterest Board “Simple Fall Decor” for some fall inspiration!
Bake a pie and have it on the stove!
Put a rack of wood next to a fire place, even if it’s a gas stove.