How to Decorate a Home for Autumn

    by Pauline Gill

    About the Author

    Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.


    Cool nights, clear days, and colorful foliage are all part of the autumn season. With creativity and imagination, fall comes alive by adding pumpkins, cornstalks, colorful mums and other fall-themed items to your home. Using the outdoors for inspiration and drawing on colors and scents of the season, autumn warmth can fuel your cool fall days and make your home show its style.

    Things You'll Need

    • Pillows, throws, and towels
    • Scented candles
    • Dried flowers
    • Autumn wreath
    • Tablecloth
    • Fall dinnerware
    • Apple diffuser

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    Decorate your front door with an autumn wreath. Use a twig wreath as the base and add fall decorations such as berries, acorns, and colored leaves. You could also use a grapevine or eucalyptus wreath as a base for silk sunflowers and mums. Add warm gold, rust, or brown ribbon to the wreath.

    Warm up your living room with fall decor. Add soy candles in apple and cinnamon scents. Add gold, red and brown toss pillows to furniture. Toss a rust, gold, olive, or taupe throw over a chair or the couch. Fill vases with dried hydrangeas. Place twigs in tall vases and add an acorn wreath to a wall. Bring out old, worn books and place them on the coffee table. Place large baskets on the floor to hold magazines.

    Inject an autumn feeling in the kitchen. Use a fall-themed tablecloth or runner on the kitchen table. Fill a basket with gourds and place it on the table. Use fall print dishtowels and matching potholders, hanging them from the stove. Use an apple cookie jar and apple clock. Place a fall scatter rug on the floor by the kitchen sink. Switch to coffee-colored drinking glasses, fun mugs, colorful bowls, and plates during the fall season.

    Warm up the bathroom with fall-colored towels -- even a few hand towels on the towel rack can add an autumn flair to the powder room. Put candles on the vanity and add a dried-flower arrangement in a small vase. Add a diffuser with apple, orange, or cinnamon scents. Use hand soap in fall scents and decorative soaps in a soap dish. Change the shower curtain or the bathroom curtains to warm autumn colors and patterns. A wicker clothes hamper in earth tones might soften the room.

    Make cozy autumn changes in the bedroom. Remove the summer bedspread and put on a thick and toasty comforter. Add some pillows and a comfortable throw to the bed. Put candles on the bureau and pile up some books for snuggling to read. Add some dried flowers, apple-scented hand lotion and an apple-scented diffuser to the nightstand. Hang a wall hanging with an autumn scene.

    • Antique items such as old maps, globes, and antique toys add to an autumn decorating style.