Easy & Inexpensive Decorating Ideas for Fall

As the warm Summer days are turning into the cool ones of Fall, I’ve been pondering the subject of seasonal decor.

As a home decor blogger, I’ve always felt the pressure to “go big or go home” in that department.

I’ve compared myself to others who do such a beautiful job of the going big thing in the decor department.

They use wheelbarrows full of pumpkins, Fall wreaths on the door, scarecrows in the driveway, lights hanging from the trees…

Oh, how I love looking at those pictures. They’re beautiful and inspirational.

But, personally? I just. can’t.

My house is far too small to store the amount of decor that would make perfect pictorial backdrops like that. AND, I just can’t afford to buy all new decor every.season.of.every.year.

Honestly, I was so afraid to admit that. I thought that by doing so, I would lose all credibility as a “home decor blogger”.

Then it dawned on me. Perhaps some of you are in the same boat as me! Maybe you love all the pretty, seasonal things, but just need to figure out how to add them to your spaces in moderation.

That’s what I do. Today I’m sharing my favorite Fall Decorating tips. And, hopefully, it will inspire those of you in small or large homes to add a few touches of the season in these simple ways.

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 6 Easy & Expensive Decorating Ideas for Fall

Bring out cozy throw blankets

striped linen blanket draped over the arm of a couch

Nothing warms up a room (and the people sitting in it!) like a comfy throw blanket. Instead of filling up my couch with mountains of pillows, I’ve replaced most with a simple, striped throw blanket. It’s much more practical and adds a pop of color and texture to the couch.

Extra blankets are folded up and ready to use on the shelf under the coffee table. We try to keep our heating bill down, and watching tv with blankets is one of our tricks!

Some of my favorite throw blankets for Fall are old vintage wool plaid ones. They work great inside or out. We tend to keep them in the car for those spontaneous times we decide to have coffee outside or take in a concert at the park.

Light the candles

3 candles from Antique Candle Works sitting on stacks of antique books

In the absence of a fireplace or wood stove in our home, we love to light some candles when the weather gets cooler. Whether you choose to use real candles or battery operated ones, seeing a little flame in the room makes it feel warm and cozy.

3 Fall Candles from Antique Candle Works

Another benefit to candles is the lovely scent they can bring to a room. These beautiful farmhouse style candles from Antique Candle Works are poured into mason jars!

Fall Harvest Candle from Antique Candle Works

As someone who is sensitive to scents, I love the beautiful, subtle scents of these clean-burning soy candles. The lightly spicy scents of Fall Harvest and Momma’s Kitchen are perfect for Fall!

And guess what? One of gets to win a set of these 3 candles for yourself! Head on over to this Instagram post and follow the easy steps.

Set out Fall foliage

pottery bowl filled with fall leaves, acorns, and pine cones

Flowers and natural elements always add beauty to a room ~ whatever the season. If you have your own flower garden, take a stroll around and pick some flowers that are looking good. Or, if your flowers are already done for the year, grab a budget friendly bunch at the grocery store.

If your storage space allows it, you may want to choose faux flowers, greenery, and natural elements. Faux acorns, pine cones, and a few faux Fall leaves in my storage stash can add seasonal touches to trays and displays.

Then you can pull it out year after year and it will look new again. I like to look for things like this at the end of the season when they go on sale.

Shop the Produce Aisle for Decor

I’m always on the lookout in September for the small bags of ornamental pumpkins that are found in the produce aisle.

They only cost a few dollars and last a very long time.

They can be piled on a tray with a candle in the middle for a pretty table centerpiece. Or, they can sit on top of piles of books in a bookcase.

If you have your own garden with actual pumpkins, they, too, look so pretty as decor. Set them beside a planter by your front door, or line them up on your front steps.

Choose Decor “Hot Spots” in your Home

Rather than feeling the pressure of “Fallifying”  every. little.nook and cranny in your home, choose just the spots that will provide big impact and leave it at that.

Fall Table Centerpiece

In my current house, that means the coffee table, table centerpiece, and a few touches in the living room bookcase.

Candles on a coffee table

In our previous home, I liked to change out the Entryway display for each season.

Use Printables to Change out Wall Art

I know I sound like a broken record, but free printables found online are my number one budget friendly decor trick. Changing out the art for each season can freshen up a space and make it feel new again.

printables above a couch

Related Article: How to Hang a Gallery Wall above a Couch

You can find some amazing free options on this post with 25+ Fall Printables or this one on 100+ Botanical Prints.

Do you decorate for Fall? If so, what are your favorite decorating ideas?

Disclosure: I was provided product from Antique Candle Works for promotional purposes. All opinions are mine. Full disclosure policy found here.

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  1. Hi!
    All great ideas! if you live on the California Coast like we do, there are no such thing as fall leaves, so you have to be a little more creative with your decor – bleached shells from summer beach walks, cozy knit blankets, neutral colors, sun flowers, etc. Thankfully we live in Half Moon Bay – home to lots and lots of pumpkins and a great festival in October. C

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