If you love the fall season, chances are, you love fall decorating. Gone are the days of placing fall character decor around the home. These days, seasonal decorating is a bit more upscale and glamorous. Just because decor has grown up, that doesn’t mean that you have to decorate on a grown up budget. You can create simple, yet elegant fall looks for your home without saving to save a whole paycheck to do it. Start with one dominant accent piece, and then add smaller pieces to play off of it. In no time, you’ll have gorgeous fall decor you’ll be proud to show off.
Start with a focal point. Choose a focal point that you enjoy looking at or that will catch the eye of those who enter your home. A good place to focus on is a mantle, whether it’s a decorative stand alone mantle, or a mantle over a fireplace. Your mantle gives you an open shelf and a blank canvas to decorate for the different holidays and seasons. Hang a mirror above the mantle to give the appearance of more light. The natural light coming into the room will reflect off of the mirror, and make the room look larger than it actually is. The Jolie Wall Mirror available from Joss and Main is a gorgeous backdrop over any mantle. Hang a simple fall wreath over the mirror for a colorful and dramatic look.
If you want to keep adding decor, go with your personal style. Do you like a classic look?Go with uniform decor pieces, spaced out evenly across the mantle. Choose two fall colored candles in glass candle jars, and top with colorful candle shades. Candle shades are often found in mosaics and can cast a beautiful ambient light around the room in the evenings. If you tend to go for the eclectic look, you might want to look at antique stores for vintage finds. Decorating with colored glass can make a big impact on an empty mantle. Fill colored glass bottles or jars with colorful fall flowers for a simple look. Add old clocks and stacked old books on the mantle, mixed in with the flower jars.
Fall garlands and swags can also be very pretty on a mantle. String the garland along and add in other fall elements to fill in the gaps. A simple strand of fall leaves can be pretty on its own, but you can also add in picks that can be found at the craft store. Check the floral section for seasonal finds. Adding a large bow or ribbon can enhance the look. Fall banners and bunting can be a fun DIY project for the family to make and enjoy. Choose a medium, like paper or fabric to cut triangles out of. String them together with twine or ribbon. You can decorate each triangle with a letter to spell out a word or phrase. Hang the banner from the mantle for a rustic, charming look. You can find lots of fall craft supplies at Target, as well as beautiful fall decor.
Using items of personal value to decorate with can make the changing seasons seem all the more special. Use special occasion servingware to decorate with, if you have some pieces that have been passed down from generations before you. Make a pretty display of lights and leaves to create a fall foliage decoration. Add in some candles for added light and warmth.
With just a few simple steps, you can have a beautiful fall look in your home. You may have to plan to have some friends and family over to enjoy it with you.