How do you make your home look nice – and decorated – for the fall season without spending a lot of time or money? And even more importantly, how do you make it look seasonal without having to have a lot of holiday specific decorations that you have to store the rest of the year? You can decorate your home on a budget and without adding a lot of clutter.
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Does Decorating Have to Increase Clutter?
Do you ever feel like this home decoration thing is a big competition?
I do. I used to decorate for every season and holiday. I had decorations for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course, Christmas.
Needless to say I had a LOT of stuff I had to store the rest of the year! That meant that a lot of space was tied up with storage bins. It finally all got to be too much and I said, “No more!”
I weeded through my stash of decorations and did some serious weeding. I took all of the decorations that weren’t Christmas and took them to school where I told my teacher friends to help themselves – call it a decoration swap but where I went home with exactly what I wanted…less stuff.
However, I still want my home to look nice all year. My decorating these days doesn’t revolve around holiday specific items. Rather I change up the look of my home by changing out items that we use naturally anyway. Here are a few ideas on how you can spruce up your home and make it look festive for fall without having to invest in decorations you’ll have to store in a bin the rest of the year.
Change Your Look With Throw Pillows
- This pretty orange copper throw pillow also comes in gold and several other fall tones. At 20″x20″ it’s a good size but not an exorbitant price.
Afghans and Blankets
When the weather begins to turn cooler, we pull out lightweight blankets and afghans. Anytime we sit down and get cold, we pull one of these over us – it allows us to keep the thermostat turned down which saves us money. We sleep better at night and feel better during the day when the house isn’t too warm.
However, when we’re not up running around we may get cold (like when we watch a movie at night). The throw blankets keep us warm BUT they also allow me to add new colors to my very neutral-colored furniture. Drape one (or two) over the back of your couch or a chair and you’ve got a pop of fall color.
This 43″x70″ throw has a pretty woven pattern and also comes in other colors: coffee, grey, and white. Perfect for cuddling under and the texture reminds me of a sweater.
If you’ve got floors that aren’t carpeted (like those beautiful wood or tile floors that I drool over!) an area rug is a way to not only add seasonal color, but also keep your feet warm. Smaller rugs can be changed out a couple of times a year. Just roll them up and tie with a rope or other cord and store. When the warmer weather returns, take everything up and enjoy the bare floors again.
Walmart has a good selection of sizes at low enough prices that you won’t break the bank to invest in a couple to switch around. And even a neutral rug with a little texture will feel cozy and appropriate for fall and winter.
Valances and Curtains
Sometimes we take down curtains or valances and leave our windows uncovered during the spring and summer months. This makes our homes look lighter less weighted down – which makes them look cooler.
Adding those things back in the fall has the opposite effect – our home now looks warmer. Much like being wrapped in a warm blanket, adding some texture to our windows surrounds us with color and texture. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to cost a fortune either – especially if you pick versatile colors that will carry you through more than just one season or holiday.
Fall Colored and Scented Candles
Okay, I’m going to admit that I’ve got a thing about candles – I LOVE them! Jungle Jim just shakes his head sometimes at the number of candles I’ve got around the house (hey, if the lights go out we’re in really good shape!).
Candles are a really easy way to change out your decor. The bonus is all those lovely smells that you get too. I’m a sucker for Spiced Pumpkin, Buttercream Vanilla, Orange Vanilla Citrus, and Apple Spice. Whether your preference is a tall pillar candle or a jar candle, they’re a great way to fill your home with those wonderful aromas that make your mouth water and help get you in the mood for the upcoming holidays.
Bath and Kitchen Towels
I don’t tend to decorate the kitchen or bathrooms very much. I’ll change out the candles in both rooms, but my favorite way to spruce them up is with towels.
Kitchen towels and mats especially can be picked up for really low prices. I’ve found cute ones at the different dollar and discount stores, and I always find good buys at Walmart too. I like these leaf towels because they come in blue, teal, and brown. While I like the fall colors and oranges, sometimes I want to have my normal colors but in a fall pattern. If you’re looking for traditional fall colors, you’ll find lots to pick up in the stores.
In your bathroom you don’t have to to with earth tones. Use your normal color scheme but add a few towels that are in the darker shades to give it a little warmer feel.
Place Mats and Dishes
Even just a couple of bowls or plates in a new color will change the look of your table. And place mats and napkins can be picked up and reused year after year.
Bring Nature Indoors
There are not a lot of trees with beautiful leaves where I live. But if I lived in an area that did I’d be out collecting colored leaves to bring inside.
Nature gives us lots of decorating materials: leaves, pine cones, pumpkins, bigger tree twigs, and flowers. Even picking up a pretty mum plant from your local home improvement store makes your house look ready for fall. The nice thing about all of these is that they aren’t just appropriate for one month but will be good until you get ready to pull our your Christmas decorations.
New Door wreath
I’m not particularly crafty, but I love pretty wreaths for the doors. A new fall wreath will carry you from September through Thanksgiving. I get great inspiration when I go in Michael’s or flip through magazines.
This pumpkin wreath is on sale for probably less than you could buy the materials and make it yourself. But if you’re crafty and make pretty wreaths, please post some pictures and inspire the rest of us!
Slipcover the Sofa or a Chair
I looked up one day and realized that I hated my couch! I’d picked it out years before, and while it was still in good shape, I absolutely hated the floral pattern and colors. There was no way I could just toss the couch out – but a new slipcover saved the day. My ugly floral couch (and I mean ugly!) now was a solid navy blue and I could add whatever color pillows I wanted.
When we finally did replace the couch, I chose a very neutral color. I still change up the look with throw pillows, but it’s nice to know that a slipcover can rescue me again should styles (or my tastes) change.
Chair pads for kitchen or dining room
Depending on your decor, you should find lots of chair pads for your kitchen or dining room table. Chair pads are easy to switch out and give the room an updated look. When we were selling our old house I didn’t want to paint the walls a color but I did want to have color in an otherwise neutral room.
Walmart online has a huge variety of chair pads in lots of colors and patterns. The nice thing about shopping their online store is that you’ll find things not available in a particular store where you normally shop. I found this set of cobalt blue plaid chair pads online even though I’ve never seen them on the shelves in our regular store.
Why Decorate For Just One Holiday?
Changing decorations every time another holiday rolls around can be just too much when you’re already busy. While I don’t decorate specifically for Halloween and Thanksgiving, I choose things that will be appropriate for both. I like to get as much bang for my decorating buck as I can. And by the time Thanksgiving is over I’m ready to put fall behind me and pull out the Santas and angels…but they’ll have to wait till the weather cools off!
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I’d love for you to share this with your friends on Facebook or to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board. I’d also love to hear your decorating ideas. Do you go all our or are you a minimalist?