Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas


Looking for fall decorating ideas? With cooler temperatures on the horizon, it’s almost time to welcome Autumn and embrace the beauty of fall. Transitioning your home for fall doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul as a few touches made here and there can have a strong visual impact. Here are a few ideas on how to bring a festive feel to your home for the upcoming holiday season.

Elements of Fall Decorating

1.  Warm Earthtone Colors

The autumnal palette is warm, earthy and inviting. A color update can easily be achieved in the living room and bedrooms by adding throw pillows and blankets in the glorious shades of fall. Chunky, textural knits and seasonally inspired pillows in warm tones are perfect for cozy fall nights curled up on the sofa.

Your color choices when decorating for fall aren’t limited to adding red and orange. Autumn has many earth tones that reflect the landscape that include neutrals to jewel-tones.

Here are a few examples of various fall palettes incorporated into floral arrangements:

Fall Wedding Ideas

A Hint of Copper

“Copper tones and deep greens bring an understated feeling of luxury to this fall wedding tabletop, with dusty rose velvet and rusty satin linens from Nuage Designs. These metallic, feminine tones are balanced by more sultry flatware in coal and stark black, paired with white marbleized china.” ~Elle Decor

Fall Decorating Tips | Color Palette

Deep & Feminine

“Deep colors, like a rich plum and beautiful burgundy, are bound to warm up any crisp fall evening. Adding in a few lighter shades to the mix, such as muted pastels and a light gray, will make for the perfect balance during this transitional time of year.”~Elle Decor

Fall Decorating Ideas

Muted Vintage

“An organic yet modern aesthetic is achieved through a palette of muted greens, whites, burnt oranges, and deep purples. While this palette is free of traditional fall vibrance, it benefits from rich contrast and a thoughtful pairing of pale hues.”~Elle Decor

Fall Wedding Ideas

Dramatic Black

“Black can add drama to a wedding palette without looking like it’s themed for Halloween. Use it as the base of your design, but incorporate lighter pops of gold, pastel pink, and cream to soften the aesthetic. Thread in deep green to incorporate notes of nature, the ever-present theme in any fall setting.”~Elle Decor

2.  Rustic Materials

Rustic materials are great all year round but become especially important during cooler temperates as they instantly warm up a home by bringing the outside in. Natural wood, tree branches, thick woven baskets and natural stone all work together to create a home for the holidays.

Fall Farmhouse Decorating Ideas

Fall Farmhouse Decorating Ideas
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Rustic Bay Leaf Candle

Rustic Bay Leaf Candle
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3.  Fall Throw Pillows

Throw pillows can effortlessly change the entire look of a living room or bedroom by adding a pop of color, texture, and pattern to the space. New throw pillows are the perfect way to breathe new life into a room and they are one of the best ways to elevate a house to a home.

Fall Throw Pillows | Decorating for Fall

Beautiful Home Decorated for Fall
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Fall Throw Pillows | Decorating for Fall

Fall Decorating Ideas
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4.  Fall Decor

When you think about fall decor a few items come to mind, such as pumpkins, gourds, festive wreaths, plaid patterned pillows and blankets, glowing candles and cornstalks. Fall decor can be placed on entryway tables, bookshelves, and fireplace mantels.

DIY Dry Brushed Pumpkins

DIY Dry Brushed Pumpkins
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Fall Home Tour | Craftberry Bush

Fall Home Decorating Ideas
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Fall Farmhouse Decorating Ideas

Farmhouse Fall Decorating Ideas
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5.  Soft Lighting

Candles instantly add warmth and Cinnamon stick candles are not only beautiful but also provide a welcoming fragrance for those who live in the home and for special guests.

Cinnamon Stick Candles | DIY Fall Decor | Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas

All you need to create these gorgeous candles are cinnamon sticks, rubber bands, and some ribbon or twine. It’s an easy DIY project for fall that also makes a perfect gift. You simply place a rubber band around a candle and place the sticks under the rubber band in varying heights. Once the candle is covered, bind it with twine or ribbon to hide the rubber bands.
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6.  Let Nature Inspire

Rustic fall decorating ideas can be inspired from incorporating the glorious colors of Autumn in the great outdoors.

Ralph Lauren Thanksgiving

Ralph Lauren Thanksgiving
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Amsterdam in the Fall

Amsterdam in the Fall
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Fall Reflections

Fall Reflections
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Fall Entranceway

Fall Entranceway Ideas
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Scandinavian Interior | Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas

Scandinavian Fall Interior
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Outdoor Fall Scenery

Whiteface Mountain New York
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How to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall


Making your home look cozy for fall is all about piling on the layers, from extra throw cushions to soft blankets. Once it starts getting chilly outside it’s the perfect time to start adding in cozy textiles and woven materials. Glowing candles, cable-knit pillows, and throws, as well as plush area rugs, create an inviting living room or bedroom.

A layered, collected look provides a cozy and inviting space. Interior designer Nate Berkus says, “It’s all about mixing different materials, finishes, and textures. Choose natural materials and objects that feel well-worn or have patina. Antique and vintage furniture are great for this, and also metallics, geodes, and wood.”

It’s easy to make the bedroom cozy by swapping out crisp cotton sheets for flannel linens that hold in the warmth. Drape a quilt or throw blanket at the foot of the bed and a soft sheepskin rug on the floor.

Farmhouse Table | Rustic Decorating Ideas

Farmhouse Thanksgiving
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Ralph Lauren Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas

Ralph Lauren Home
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Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for Outside


The best way to start decorating a fall front porch is to focus on color. A fall palette typically includes red and orange as well as shades of brown, gold and deep purple.

Faux leaf garlands are a great way to welcome the fall and they stay vibrant throughout Autumn. Layering multiple garlands in contrasting shapes and colors creates texture and interest. They also look just as beautiful wrapped around a doorway or attached across a porch overhang.

Add a seasonal wreath to the front door to add a pop of color. There are many DIY wreath tutorials as well as gorgeous fall wreaths that can be purchased online.

Additional outdoor fall elements that can be included are hay bales, dried corn stalks, and wheat sheaves. Pumpkins and gourds add the final touch. String lights or lanterns help light up the longer nights and radiate a warm glow and seasonal mums in architectural planters provide unexpected color.

Rustic Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Fall Outdoor Ideas
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Rustic Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Fall Outdoor Ideas
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Rustic Fall Decorating ideas for the Entrance Way

Nothing makes a great first impression like an entrance way beautifully decorated for the holidays. Fall entryway décor can be added to an entryway table to create a festive feel.

It’s as simple as decorating with natural elements such as pumpkins, gourds, fall branches, baskets, and pine cones. Metallic tones add extra warmth and beauty. Try filling tall vases with acorns or create a fall floral arrangement.

Rustic Entryway Decorating Ideas

Fall Entrance Way Ideas
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Rustic Entryway Decorating Ideas

Fall Entrance Way Ideas
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Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for the Living Room & Kitchen

I think the easiest place to decorate for fall is in the living room. A hearth can be decorated with spice-scented candles and colorful vases filled with artificial flowering branches. Additional decor that works well on a mantel are lanterns, faux pumpkins, and vessels filled with acorns or pinecones. Seasonal garlands and candles on the mantel add even more warmth. Once the hearth is done, you can then move onto other surfaces such as tables, window sills, and countertops.

The kitchen in the image below already has beautiful warm tones.  The addition of a few fall elements such as the wreath and pumpkin add a festive touch. Plaid napkins and dry cloths in warm earth tones would also work well in this kitchen.

Rustic Fall Living Room

Beautiful Home Decorated for Fall
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Rustic Fall Kitchen

Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas
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Rustic Decorating Ideas for the Bedroom


Autumn brings cool nights that require cozy covers. It’s easy to see why the bedroom becomes one of our favorite retreats during the fall and winter season.

If you have brightly colored bedding, replace it with warmer tones such as duvet covers in grey or taupe. Quilts and coverlets also add plush comfort and provide a cozy touch to the bedroom.

Decorative pillows are arguably the easiest way to transform both the living room and bedroom. Compliment the bedding with fall-themed pillows.

Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for the Bedroom

Fall Entranceway Ideas
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Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for the Bedroom

Fall Entranceway Ideas
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