10 Tips for Simple Fall Decorating


Colleen Pausley is the writer behind the blog; Life on Kaydeross Creek where she shares unique ideas to decorate your home on a budget, DIY projects, furniture makeovers and thrift store up-cycles. She and her husband have been do-it-yourselfers for 25 years and she believes that creating a warm, inviting home that you LOVE and that reflects who you are can be done on any budget. 

“I LOVE the feeling of getting my hands dirty working on a project and the satisfaction of saying ‘I did that!’
I hope by sharing our projects on the blog you feel inspired to do it, too.” 

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Fall Decorating
Fall Decorating
Fall Decorating

1. Find inspiration  

Choose an inspiration piece or “jumping off point” to help determine your color scheme and stick to it. I chose a print on my mantle which I picked up at a local thrift store. I love the classic fall colors and the way the black in the background warms up and grounds the space. 

2. Purge 

Go through what you already have to see what works with your inspiration and what doesn’t. If you purchase new pieces, stick with your chosen colors or you’ll have a hot mess. 

3. Go with the faux 

Choose fake pumpkins and florals or at least mix them in with some real ones. They come in all different shapes, sizes and colors and will not only last all season, but you’ll be able to keep them from year to year.

4. Raid your kitchen   

Use apples, pears, artichokes and other seasonal fruits and vegetables as decor. Fill a bowl on the counter or coffee table or use some in a vignette on a shelf. These colors are perfect for Fall.

5. Cozy up  

Add cozy throw blankets in neutral colors – these are great for adding warmth and texture.

6. Throw pillows  

Another way to ramp up the cozy factor is to use throw pillows. Instead of investing in seasonal throw pillows, use pillow covers. If you use the same size pillow insert all year, you can switch them out easily from season to season and storage is much easier!

7. Bring the outdoors in   

Include bits of nature – Check out your yard or ask a friend or family member to check theirs. You can add pinecones to a bowl, place a beautifully colored leaf in a pretty frame, add dried hydrangeas to a pitcher or add bittersweet to a vignette. The best thing is they are all free!

8. Ambiance 

Add neutral candles you use all year. No need to spend any money to add the warmth to the season with candles. 

9. Texture  

Add texture with baskets. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be filled with birch logs, faux pumpkins or throw blankets.

10. Storage  

Save money by storing your seasonal décor in labeled clear bins with like items together. You’ll save time and money because you’ll know exactly what you have, and everything will last so much longer. 

Remember, don’t go overboard, less is more. With a little planning ahead, you’ll have a cohesive, cozy space decorated for Fall in no time - enjoy!

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