Last Updated on September 18, 2023 by Lori
Are you ready for a change of season? It’s time to think about some simple ways to make your house feel like fall – without going overboard on Halloween decor and pumpkin spice everything!
Living in Southern California, it really doesn’t feel much like fall around here.
I’m still running around barefoot most of the day and relaxing by the pool occasionally, too. But I would like to give my home a bit of that cozy fall feeling, without a lot of heavy wool blankets and pinecones and traditional fall decor.
So I am taking a look at some simple ways to make my house feel more like fall, but still be appropriate to southern California.
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Decorating to Make a House Feel Like Fall
Several years back, once my kids were away in college, I gave away all of our artificial pumpkins, yard goblins, orange twinkle lights, and plastic tombstones to a friend of mine with younger children.
Without kids at home, I just didn’t feel the desire to decorate for each Holiday.
Plus, as always, I was trying to lighten my load and simplify my life.
All that decor was feeling too much like clutter to me.
So I gave it to my friend, and she was happy to have it. Honestly, I was glad to pass it along to someone who’s kids would appreciate it and relieved to have it out of my attic.
In my current search for fall decor, I’m not looking for plastic pumpkins.
I just want to emphasize the colors, textures, and scents of a crisp fall day.
4 Quick Ways to Bring Fall Into Your Home, Without Doing a Lot of Decorating
1. Use Color to Make Your House Feel Like Fall
Naturally, I want to bring in some traditional fall colors.
I love the brilliant burgundy, hunter green, mustard yellow, and burnt orange traditional tones of autumn. I think these are all beautiful colors and they really conjure up the idea of the changing season.
As a bonus, these colors will really pop when added to the soft blue and grey color scheme of my home.
Traditional Fall Colors: oranges, browns, deep green, mustard
But fall colors don’t stop with just these traditional tones.
Look at the fabulous neutrals and mossy greens in the picture below. These will also work well with my decor and are a bit fresher and more unique.
Modern Fall Colors: mossy green, charcoal, palest pink, soft creams
Plum and rosy pink are super trendy fall shades this year and I’ve seen them everywhere – magazines, Pinterest, and all the home decor stores (online, of course! I still haven’t been anywhere – darn COVID).
While these are lovely colors, I find they are a little too bright and trendy for my home. But in the right location, they would be fantastic!
Trendy Fall Colors: Plum, bright pinks
2. Use Texture to Make Your House Feel Like Fall
Now that I know the color palette of the decor items I’ll be looking for, it’s time to focus on bringing in some great texture.
Perhaps more than any other season, fall is all about touchable textures.
Think pinecones, sheaves of wheat, pumpkins, and gourds! Any of these items make for easy fall decor while adding lots of wonderful texture.
True fact: My husband hates pillows! He thinks I buy them just to irritate him!
Another way to add texture? Baskets.
Many popular fair-trade stores such as Ten Thousand Villages have incredibly beautiful hand-woven baskets available that can add just that fall touch you are going for.
Bonus #1: You are helping an artisan support his or her family with a traditional craft.
Bonus #2: Baskets are handy to have at home, and you can always use another one!
3. Use Fragrance to Make Your House Feel Like Fall
Candles, air fresheners, homemade potpourris, and wax melts can all add delicious fragrances to the air in your home that will really emphasize the change in season. I’ll be packing up my fruit and “fresh linen” scents for now.
Fall scents seem practically unlimited, and range from outdoor scents (think bonfire, aspen leaves, cedar, smoke) to comfort foods (maple pancakes, cafe au lait, hot cocoa) to traditional seasonal favorites (cranberry, teakwood, pumpkin spice).
I really like the Nature’s Wick 3-layer candle I found that has wooden wicks that crackle like a fire! (Another great Target find, but I’ve also seen them at Home Goods)
I’m totally loving the acorn spice scent of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products! I found a great selection of these at Target just the other day.
So more fragrance items are a definite must for my fall home. I’m a big fan of the 3-wick candles at Bath and Body Works, so I’ll keep my eyes out for their frequent half-price sales. These candles have some of the strongest throws of any brand, and can scent your whole home!
4. Add Football Decor to Make Your House Feel Like Fall
Sometimes, there are small personal things that can set the mood of a season for you.
At our house, that’s already been taken care of.
Several years ago I gave my husband a regulation football helmet from the University of Michigan (his alma mater) as a gift, and I think it is one of his favorite possessions.
This helmet goes on display on our television entertainment center on the opening day of college football season, and it stays there until the championship game is over. It just wouldn’t be fall in our home without it, and even though it doesn’t really “fit” my decorating style, it is in our home to stay.
Final Thoughts on Simple Touches to Decorate Your Home for Fall
In summary, when I go out in search of decor, I’ll be looking for:
- traditional fall colors such as burgundy, rust, brown, mustard yellow, and pumpkin
- items with great natural texture
- candles and fragrances that evoke the out-of-doors
Now that I’ve finished brainstorming what fall feels like to me, it’s time to go out into the world and see if I can collect just a few items that will bring that feeling into our home. I’ll keep you posted!
Do you go all out with your fall decor, or do you try to keep it simple?