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As soon as the summer weather turned down a few degrees, it seemed everyone was waiting to embrace Fall and the years’ fall trends.
I get it.
Fall is about comfort, warmth, and indulging. Your dreams of warm sweaters, comfy leggings, and cozy nights are realistic once more. The Pumpkin Spice Lattes you’ve dreamed about since last Fall are back in spades and even more items are being touched by the Pumpkin Spice Fairy.
But I’m still a spring/summer gal.
That being said, there are some perks to Fall, such as how beautiful all the colours are! And they go so well with my house. There are some great fall decorating trends that you can use to give your home a mini makeover. Aaand there are some tacky trends that you’d be best to avoid.
You may also want to check out my post on Design Trends of 2019.
Best Fall Trends
- Chunky Knits– These blankets and pillows look so warm and comfortable. Don’t you just want to wrap yourself up in one of these heavenly blankets? The colour options are pretty limitless, so go ahead a choose what will work with your colour schemes. A knit blanket or pillow is a great way to add texture to a room and instantly adds a homey feel. If you are crafty, you can try making one yourself too! Etsy has some wonderful shops filled with handmade blankets and pillows for you to select from such as this knot pillow and blanket. I am in love with them! Aren’t they fabulous?
- Gratitude– Fall is the time of plenty, with Harvest, and Thanksgiving being major influences. I like to take this time to remember those who have worked hard and giving up much for us to enjoy the lives we do. Reflecting on how much we are blessed with helps keep things in perspective. We can get so wrapped up with what we want that we often forget to appreciate what we have. A great way to reflect on our blessings is to keep a gratitude journal and write down 10 things every day that you are grateful for. It will change the way you see your life. This Grateful sign from Hobby Lobby is also a cute reminder, and I’ve seen it a ton in home design pictures.
- Pumpkins– I like to decorate with pumpkins in the fall, and there are so many creative ways to display them. You can go for big impact with full-size pumpkins (then carve them for Hallowe’en) or add a taste of Fall with mini pumpkins. The latest (and cutest) are the fabric pumpkins! You can buy them in different colours to best complement your decor, or try your hand at diy! Another way to blend pumpkins into your home design is to paint them in your accent colours.
- Nature– Adding extra touches from nature to your indoor spaces can create a fall ambiance without going over the top. If you dig pumpkins then, by all means, use pumpkins in your decorating. You can be more subtle though by using branches, pine cones, grains, and grasses. Bonus! They last longer too.
- Amber Glass– If mercury glass is suitable for winter decor, then the amber glass is the friendlier glass sister with its warm tones and comfy vibes. You can find them in a variety of sizes, such as these from Restoration Hardware, from flower vases to large jugs. Put them to use as cute storage jars, or keep them just for display.
- DIY’s– I am ALL over this trend. As you have probably gathered, I love DIY projects. They add so much personality to a room. I think it’s great to have your own take on a project displayed in a room to be admired. It can be something simple like a front door wreath or maybe a sign for your wall. Or you can go elaborate with a patchwork fabric pumpkin if that’s what you want! DIY has so much wiggle room to do what you please, you can do whatever you want and tell people it was intentional!
Best To Avoid These Fall Trends
- Orange Everything– Do not feel like you have to let go of your coordinating decor and decorate just in oranges and reds for the season. If that does not suit you and your home, then don’t do it! The beauty of decorating in your style is that you can do whatever you want! You can find great fall decorations that don’t assault your eyes and sense of style, and if all else fails, a can of spray paint can do wonders!
- Pattern Everywhere– This is a tough one for me because I love patterns and incorporating a mix into my designs. But it can be hard to draw the line. And there is a ton of plaid out now, especially our favourite up here in the North, Buffalo Check. The general guideline I use is buffalo check for the fall and plaid for Christmas. Feel free to toss that guideline out the window if you have a mad love for plaid, heck I love wearing it year round for that matter. What gets me though is when it’s matching everywhere, tablecloths, curtains, tea towels, throw pillows, blankets, etc. Please, please, please don’t drench a room in it. You lose the effect of this playful pattern, or any pattern really, when you overuse it like this.
- Spider Webs– I know, I know, I’m guilty of doing this too. With Hallowe’en around the corner, authentic spider webs are not only creepy but free! And it’s such an easy decoration when schedules get really busy! All jokes aside, Fall is also a good time for a good house cleaning. (I do think I’m really funny, thanks!)
- Mixed Up Holidays– Generally, there is a holiday per season: Easter with Spring, Canada Day/ Independence Day with Summer, Hallowe’en with Fall, and Christmas with Winter. It is fine to mix holiday decor (Hallowe’en) with the corresponding seasonal decor (Fall). What doesn’t look so good is the Christmas decor with the Fall decor, or Hallowe’en and Christmas, or any combination of the three. There is one exception though to a degree: Christmas lights can be hung in the fall but don’t turn them on yet. In colder climates, it’s safer to be up on the roof installing Christmas lights in the fall before everything is covered in snow and ice. And actually, most houses leave them up all year round, you just don’t notice them because they aren’t turn on until Christmas.
These are just my thoughts on fall trends and decor. I hoped this gave you some insight and inspiration for how to mix fall decorating into your design style. But hey, it’s your home! Decorating should be fun so feel free to pick and choose what you want to do!
And I’m not a fan of Pumpkin Spice.