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54 Easy Fall Decorating Ideas To Cozy Up Your Home

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By Hadley Mendelsohn, Kelly Allen and Alyssa Longobucco
contemporary living room with plaid fabric decorated for fall
Heidi Caillier Design

There's something magical that happens when your home and the seasons align synergistically. While we firmly believe a home should be comfortable and happy year-round, catering at least some of your decor to the current season can be a fun way to switch things up, experiment with new color palettes, and reignite your love for your space.

And when it comes to reflecting on the seasons throughout your home, nothing brings more comfort and warmth than fall. Affectionately known as "cozy season," autumn brings more indoor hangouts, time spent at home, and lovely warm colors—all of which make fall decorating especially fun and enticing. It's also the beginning of a long few months of hosting and entertaining for the holidays, making it the perfect time to rethink your layout and boost the overall comfort and appeal of your home. While you may assume fall decorating ideas mean lots of orange and pumpkins, that isn't the only option that's in season. There are plenty of other non-kitschy ways to ready your home for hibernation, and none of them involve a trip to the craft store.

Below, we're rounding up 54 stunning seasonal ideas for bringing cozy fall home decor into your space. From layered fabrics and moody color palettes to specialty paint techniques and fresh living room layouts, these seasonal swaps are quick, easy, and very impactful, resulting in an autumnal abode that feels like a cozy cashmere hug. Trust us, these fall decorating ideas will have you humming Bon Iver and sipping mulled cider in no time.


Try a Pair of Fall Planters

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Erin Kelly

To prep your entire home for the season, begin with fall porch decor. It can be as simple as setting two large planters filled with dried blooms on either side of the front door. Preserved hydrangeas bring autumn color to this bungalow designed by Leanne Ford.


Rearrange Your Furniture

cozy fall fireplace with plaid chair
Heather Hilliard

If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, ring in the fall season by reorienting your furniture toward the cold weather focal point of your room, as seen in this cozy cabin by Heidi Caillier. Trust us: There's no better place to pass a blustery autumn day than a front-row seat by the flames.


Change Out Lampshades

library with banquette area and sconces with maroon shades
Lesley Unruh

Give your lighting a seasonal refresh by swapping out your current lampshades for solid or patterned ones in fall hues like brown, orange, red, yellow, or purple. You can make the switch on anything from floor and table lamps to sconces, like the burgundy and gold ones in this library by designer CeCe Barfield Thompson.

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Create Separation

cozy fall home decor with vintage screen
Nicole Franzen

The light, airy nature of open floorplans may feel great during the summer months, but a more closed-in, cuddled-up atmosphere works better for fall. Add some faux delineation between your rooms with a temporary divider, like this vintage folding screen. The end result? A space that instantly feels cozier and ready for hibernation.


Display Copper Cookware

copper cookware
George Ross

Whether you own copper cookware or are looking for an excuse to invest in a set, treat the classic pieces as fall decor to warm up your kitchen. In this New Jersey kitchen by designer Birgitte Pearce, copper cookware hangs elegantly on a gold rail against a marble backsplash.


Bring in an Extra Mirror

cozy fall bedroom with standing mirror
Heidi Callier

It's no secret that light becomes scarce during the fall, especially when the sun starts setting at 4 p.m. To chase away the seasonal scaries (and make the most of the light your home does get), consider bringing in a few extra mirrors for the upcoming months, like this vintage style in a room by Heidi Caillier. They'll bounce light around the room and open up the space so that it feels cozy, not cave-like.

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Pile on Pillows

living room with fireplace

Pillows are such an easy way to transition your living room for the season without making any major changes. Swap your summer shades for plush picks in deeper colors like burgundy, charcoal, and caramel, or seasonal patterns, like the plaid seen in this living room designed by Christian Burch and John Frenchette.


Fake a Fresh Air Escape

desk by open window with mountain view
Chad Mellon

It may be freezing outside, but we're willing to bet your body still craves a nature break. If chilly temps keep you indoors for most of the season, rearrange your room to take advantage of an outdoor view and fake it till you make it to spring. In this space by designer Jen Samson, a modest desk gets corner office treatment thanks to an expansive view of Lake Tahoe.


Bring in Flowers

bathroom with flowers in it
John Merkl

Fresh flowers can make any room more inviting, and while they feel like more of a spring or summer thing, there are plenty of varietals that will appeal to your desire for fall vibes. Have fun placing a seasonal arrangement in a more unexpected place, like in this luxe California bathroom designed by Harte Brownlee & Associates.

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Try a Paint Treatment

limewash wall treatment in green
William Jess Laird

Textured paint techniques are totally in right now, making them a great way to update your home to fall in line with current trends and the upcoming fall season. Limewash paint, as seen in this room by Rupp Studio, is particularly well suited to this time of year, with a velvety finish that makes you feel like you're in a jewelry box.


Swap Kitchen Towels

kitchen with green cabinets
Tessa Neustadt

For an easy update, simply swap out your kitchen towels or bath linens for festive alternatives like the olive, cream, and burnt orange plaid one in this kitchen by Tammy Randall Wood of Interior Archaeology.


Set Out a Bowl of Veggies

table with veggies in a bowl
Katie Newburn

Whether you harvest veggies from your own garden or get them from a nearby farmers market, setting a few in a large wooden bowl on your dining table makes for a natural centerpiece that doubles as decorative storage. The display in this kitchen by designer Shavonda Gardner proves just that.

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Incorporate Wicker

bedroom with wicker lampshades
Seth Smoot

While wicker can easily give a dreamy coastal summer aesthetic, it can also add texture and warmth to interiors for fall. Consider adding small touches of the natural material, like these wicker pendant lights seen in a bedroom designed by Lauren Nelson.


Hang a Festive Wreath

front door with wreath
Rayon Richards

Craft your way to a seasonal space with a DIY wreath or a beautiful store-bought version. Designer Elizabeth Pash upgraded this ready-made wreath with a coral bow to make the cheerful blue door feel more fall ready.


Set the Mood in the Entry

rustic entryway

If you plan on entertaining a lot this fall, start setting the tone for the season's festivities in the entryway. Here, designer Kylee Shintaffer blanketed the entire space in warm woods for a fully rustic feel perfect for fall, then added red blooms and a matching throw pillow on the bench.

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Make the Most of the Outdoors

porch decorated for fall
Sara Ligorria Tramp

To enjoy your alfresco escape for as long as possible, you may need to make a few fall-inspired changes. Swap out your outdoor throw pillows for more fall-friendly colors or add a toasty outdoor fire pit so you can still hang outside into the cooler months.


Hang a Quilt

Room, Furniture,
James Merrell

Soften any wall (even those made of logs!) with a handmade textile in bright hues. We're loving the matchy-matchy layers in this vignette by Anthony Baratta.


Get Out the Gourds

entryway decorated for fall
Sara Ligorria Tramp

Pumpkins may be an obvious choice for fall, but they're still worth including and can be a really simple way to get your home in the seasonal spirit. If you want something a little chicer and easier to take care of than the real thing, add a few porcelain or yarn options. Here, designer Emily Henderson sprinkled them throughout this entryway for just a touch of Halloween spirit.

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Refresh Your Bedding

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

For bedding that'll look brilliant in multiple seasons, go for a botanical print in a typical fall shade, like the red and white blanket and pillows in this bedroom designed by Breeze Giannasio.


Layer Your Rugs

living room with stone fireplace
Leanne Ford Interiors

Fall is all about upping the comfort around your home, and nothing helps achieve that goal better than additional soft layers. To achieve a dynamic look, consider layering up your rugs, as seen in this cozy living room by Leanne Ford Interiors.

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Hadley Mendelsohn

Hadley Mendelsohn is the co-host and executive producer of the podcast Dark House. When she's not busy writing about interiors, you can find her scouring vintage stores, reading, researching ghost stories, or stumbling about because she probably lost her glasses again. Along with interior design, she writes about everything from travel to entertainment, beauty, social issues, relationships, fashion, food, and on very special occasions, witches, ghosts, and other Halloween haunts. Her work has also been published in MyDomaine, Who What Wear, Man Repeller, Matches Fashion, Byrdie, and more.  

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Associate Editor

Kelly Allen is the current Associate Editor at House Beautiful, where she covers design, pop culture, and travel for digital and the print magazine. She’s been with the team for nearly three years, attending industry events and covering a range of topics. When she’s not watching every new TV show and movie, she’s browsing vintage home stores, admiring hotel interiors, and wandering around New York City. She previously worked for Delish and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on Instagram.

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