Here are a few display ideas you can use to make your fall decorations Pop!
I love decorating for fall. I also think that I keep my fall decorations out longer than any others. I do enjoy Christmas decorating too, but fall is more my style. Those warm earthy colors just hit home for me. My decorating style with seasonal decorations has evolved over time. I have worked in retail and while it is not exactly the same, the ideas behind creating an eye catching display are similar.
5 Fall Decorating Ideas
1. Clean up old seasonal decor. If you had a lot of red, white and blue out for the summer, or bright floral arrangements, consider putting them away for the fall and winter holidays. Do the same with knick knacks that just don’t go with the season. Sea shells mixed in with fall leaves, just isn’t going to catch the eye in a good way. Give the table or sideboard, front porch or wherever you are working a good sweep. Then start to gather your decorating material.
2.Pumpkins will probably play a large staring role in your fall decor but don’t stop there.
Mix in some old and new items with the pumpkins. Try to gather some items for texture, color and different heights. Add a surprise color into the scheme, like eggplant for example. If you have trouble mixing colors, google search for a color wheel and look for complimentary colors to the dark orange of pumpkins.
3. Go a bit overboard!
We grew lots of pumpkins this summer and gourds made a surprise appearance, also. Try to gather the things you love and go as big as you can. A potted mum is a pretty thing all by itself, but it can be breathtaking if surrounded by the right complimentary objects. I like to use all of the fall items in my displays Mums, Pumpkins, gourds, straw, cornstalks, all have a place in my displays. If one pumpkin looks lonely sitting on your front porch, grab a few more and display them in a shallow basket or grouped on a bench. Add a mum to the grouping. Growing your own fall items is easy but if you haven’t thought of it until now, its too late for this year, Next year, you can use the tips from this post, but this year, visit the local farmers market and pick up what you need for your decorating.
4. Think high and low.
Filling in the spaces with smaller items will round out your display. If you have some beautiful fall leaves in your yard, scatter a few around the pumpkins on the porch. use a dot of glue to make them stick where you want them. Use an old ladder or cornstalks to add some height to your display. Decorative flags are also a nice addition.
5. Use unconventional items in the display.
Do you have an interesting pitcher or vase? dried grasses or flowers might add some height to your display. How about a family photo in a frame as part of the scene. I like to add in vintage kitchen items, wooden crates, baskets and something made of glass. Mixing all the different textures makes me happy.
If you don’t like the rustic look of lots of vintage items grouped together, you could achieve an eye catching fall theme by just using one or two colors in a more monochromatic look. Try mixing in one medium size white pumpkin with an assortment of sizes of orange pumpkins. Place the pumpkins at different heights to make it eye catching.
Take a look at some of the decorative ideas I used in our home this year.
There is a large sideboard that sits near our family dining table. Usually it hold various knick Knacks that I like to display. But, for fall, I cleared it off and put together a big fall display.
Our back entrance has steps so I used the steps and the mums from David’s Natural Market in Gambrills Maryland, to direct the eye up the steps. Adding in the pumpkins, gives the display more texture and interest.
I love fall ? I’ve lived the past 15 yrs in AL, and I love it, but this time of year, I miss the Northeastern foliage I grew up with. Another fun way to decorate is to make a wreath using local natural items. It would be interesting to see pictures of other readers decorations.
Janet Garman says
Heidi thanks for your comment. I agree it would be great if other reader wanted to share a photo of their decorations with us here. I like your wreath idea a lot!
Great post Janet! You’ve given me lots of inspiration and ideas for fall decorating!
Janet Garman says
Lesa, its easy! just use lots and lots of pumpkins!