Fall is one of the most festive times of the year with activities galore.  Fall often brings with it a feeling of nostalgia and coziness where being home is the best thing.  The weather transforms as does the scenery outside and what we like to eat.  Instead of grilling cuts of meat and eating fresh fruit and veggies, we turn towards soups, casseroles, and roasts.  Decorating for fall is also about transforming your house and surrounding yourself with the natural beauty of the season.  The best part is that you can go as simple or as extravagant as you like.

Let's take a look at some different ideas for fall decor themes.

Simple and Warm

If you're on a budget and don't really want to visit your local craft store and stock up on the latest fall decor, you can still make your house look warm and cozy for fall.  Start right in your backyard or go on a nature walk to find colorful leaves, pine cones, and attractive branches.  Real gourds and winter squash tend to be a lot cheaper than the fake versions, and you can easily pick some up at the grocery store or a local market.  Another fun find at your local market is dried corn, which often comes in gorgeous fall colors.  Simply make a few arrangements with these items in key areas of your home, such as the entry, your living room mantel, and dining room table.  Add to the natural arrangements by decorating with warm colors like brown, burnt orange, gold, sage green, ivory, and the like. 

Going All Out

If you're the person who has been waiting all summer for fall, then you're probably ready to go all out.  You can still use the natural decorating ideas in the previous section, but if you want your entire house and porch to exude fall warmth, then it's time to visit your local hobby or craft store.  Look for some of the following items to deck out your house while not breaking the bank:

- Faux fall foliage

- Premade faux foliage arrangements

- Wreaths

- Faux decor like corn, pumpkins, nuts, etc.

- Candles and candle holders

- Fall-themed throw pillows

Autumn-inspired Scents

What's better than a house that looks like fall?  How about one that smells like fall?  If scents bring you home, but you don't like to leave candles burning, you might try getting into incense.  Look for spicy scents like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and the ubiquitous pumpkin pie spice.  Another scent theme to look for includes woody scents like pine, balsam, forest, cedar, and sage. 

How To Add Halloween Touches Without Going Full Spooky

Generally, you have two options in decorating for Halloween.  You can either wait until sometime in October to go full spooky, or you can integrate some Halloween ideas into your regular fall decor and leave it up all season.  Let's look at how to do the latter option.  If you don't want to make your house into a fright fest with the usual scary items like skulls and monsters, you can still add a touch of Halloween season here and there.  The following are more neutral Halloween ideas to integrate into your fall decor:

- Black cats (but make them cute not scary)

- Owls or ravens

- Cute sheet-style ghosts

- Painted pumpkins instead of Jack o' Lanterns

- Scarecrows

- A few black items like glittery faux pumpkins or faux black roses

The main goal is to give a nod towards Halloween without covering your house in it. 


Getting ready for fall can be easy and fun without breaking the bank.  Use the above tips to get started and integrate your own ideas for the best results.