With fall just around the corner, many are wondering how to start decorating for fall to create a festive home for the season.

There are many fall decoration ideas which you can use around your home but, once you have established when to start decorating for fall, it can be difficult to know where and how to start decorating for fall. Of outdoor fall decorating ideas to generally prepare your home for fallthere are plenty of options for this cozy season.

A part of Homes & Gardens Favorite designers and experts have explained where they start when it comes to decorating for fall so you can do the same.

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Chiana Dickson

Chiana has written over 70 articles for Homes & Gardens, many of which relate to home and garden maintenance. She spends her days chatting with experienced designers and experts about the latest design trends and ideas, which she shares with H&G readers so they can decorate their homes to perfection.

As fall approaches, Chiana turns her attention to seasonal subjects due to her love of the season and her warm tones and cozy interiors.

How to start decorating for fall?

As fall marks the transition to cooler days and darker nights for much of the world, it’s a good idea to start decorating for fall by making your home cozy and welcoming so you can escape the bitter winds that are heading our way.

Here, experts offer seven ways to start decorating, from small home additions to larger-scale projects.

1. Favor fall colors

Dining room with dark wood flooring, brown walls, white and pale gray marble fireplace and dark wood table and bench.

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If you are looking for a bigger project for the fall months, add warm tones fall color schemes is a great starting point – especially for those who want to conjure up that cozy season all year round.

“The sense of well-being we gain from time spent outdoors in the natural world has sparked a desire to recreate that sense of connection and positivity in our homes, resulting in a renewed love for decorate with greens of all shades, as well as a biophilic design. Leafy wallpaper prints, dense foliage based designs, rich deep woody hues and earthy, natural undertones are used alongside a myriad of green colors to really give an outdoor feel,” says Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director at Little Green. (opens in a new tab)

“Recently, dark greens have replaced dark blues as our most popular colors. Although muted sage green has been a staple of the Little Greene collection for many years, stronger tones have appeared including the ‘Jewel Beetle’. lively and the bold “Puck”.

“It has been fascinating to see how customers have embraced the color and pattern over the past few years,” adds Ruth, “many recognizing the importance of both times spent in the natural world and how the transformation of the home environment can improve our mood and have a positive effect on how we feel.

Alongside deep greens reminiscent of the forest, introducing more autumnal shades such as terracotta decor and decorate with orange is great for mimicking fall leaves all year round, says Rebecca Drury, co-founder of MissPrint (opens in a new tab). “Terracotta, burnt orange and warm brown colors are symbolic of the fall season and its themes. When collectively combined using layers and textures, these shades are reminiscent of the browning of tree leaves and the natural environment of the world during this particular time,” says Rebecca. ‘One of MissPrint’s original and most popular designs, Little Trees in Top Coat, a dusky pink hue, can complement rich colors and bold materials. The print adds subtle interest while infusing character and originality into any room.

2. Introduce hasst patterns

Dining room with pale green walls, flagstone floor, table and chairs next to a lit fire

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With fall being a wonderful time to invite friends and family into your home, consider fall table decoration ideas to spruce up your dining room and celebrate the fall harvest season. “Change up your dining table decor to have a harvest feel – decorate the tabletop with dried floral arrangements along with votives and candles to brighten the space and bring a warm, inviting glow to the room,” suggests Caitlin O’Keeffe, Merchandise Manager at Serena & Lily (opens in a new tab).

3. Create a comforting space

Cozy living room with Vanessa Arbuthnott fabric furniture

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Cozy Bedroom Ideas are a staple of fall decorating with these welcoming spaces considered must-haves by many designers. “I always start by thinking about how I’m going to use my spaces differently as winter approaches. Where will I be sitting when I’m holding a hot cup of tea after being outside in the rain or snuggling up reading a good book?’ begins Kelly Collins, interior designer and creative lead at Fast (opens in a new tab). ‘I recommend creating a cozy space in your home, whether that means moving a comfy chair like Swyft’s Model 06 by the fireplace or under a window so you can watch the rain, then adding a warm throw and a side table to place candles on and you’re ready for fall.

4. Replace cooler summer pieces

A white sofa with wooden legs in a white room, with a sisal rug, a dark gray coffee table, cushions and blankets, a terracotta tea set on a wooden tray and a plant with dark green leaves

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When looking for items to start decorating for fall, look around your home before you rush out to buy new things,” says Judy Pickett of Signature Lines Design (opens in a new tab). “Start with items in warm tones and cozy textures. Could you perhaps swap out simple items like pillows, throws, and bedding? We always recommend keeping seasonal changes subtle so you don’t upset them too drastically. your home decor!

‘Make the home a cozy fall haven with effortless transitions – replace crisp, cool summer decor items with pillow shams or bedding that have warmer color palettes, incorporate aromas like sandalwood or spiced apple, and bring in a pretty fall wreath to tie everything together,” says Caitlin.

5. Add flowers and fall foliage

Stunning dried flower arrangements for your home.  Bouquets of dried flowers in empty jam jars.

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“An easy way to begin the transition to a fall aesthetic is through flowers and foliage,” says Eleanor Trepte of Dekay and Tate (opens in a new tab). ‘Consider changing up the flowers on your kitchen counters or dining centerpieces. It’s an easy and very natural way to bring some of that outer crispiness inside.

Consider using fall wreath ideas to introduce seasonal or dried flowers as well in your fall porch ideas as well as within your home. Outside your home, consider integrating plants for fall color In your garden ideas to maintain some life and bloom in your garden, as many other plants are beginning to fade for winter.

6. Use Festive Themed Decor Tastefully

A fireplace with a garland of green leaves, small white and orange pumpkins, two lighted taper candles and a framed illustration of a regency lady

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With fall heralding Halloween and harvest times, there are often a slew of themed decor items that can quickly detract from the look of a home.

When using themed decorations, consider using more timeless concept items such as cool pumpkins in different varieties such as white and green to add a festive holiday touch or introduce candle themes for ambiance. For fall mantle decorations think leaf garlands or wreaths.

7. Consider warmer textures

Close up of a bed dressed in colorful blankets and pillows, bedside table with a vase of herbs.

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With summer coming to an end, start decorating for fall by use texture in interior design. Thicker, heavier materials such as wool and cashmere, velvet, furs, and cords can help make your home look lush and luxurious.

“Fall decorating doesn’t have to be cliché. Instead of focusing on adding a ton of decorative pumpkins to your home, think about color instead. Incorporating warm fall colors like neutral browns, earthy greens, burnt oranges and complementary beiges and taupes is an easy way to change the mood of a space.Think about textures too,” Amy Leferink of Interior prints (opens in a new tab) adds, “Perhaps you can move away from materials like rattan or wicker and instead start incorporating leathers, suedes, accessible velvets, and even faux fur if that suits the space.”

What’s the easiest way to decorate for fall?

One of the easiest ways to decorate for fall is to introduce warm tones and layering to create a comforting sanctuary. Adding pumpkins is also a simple, albeit stereotypical, way to decorate for fall, and is available at most stores during the fall season.

When should you start decorating for fall?

Although fall doesn’t start until September 22, you can start decorating for fall whenever you want. Whether you want to announce the season early or wait for the leaves to start changing, the best time to decorate for fall is subjective.