Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas
With cooler temperatures on the horizon, it is almost time to welcome Autumn and embrace the beauty of fall. If you are looking for rustic fall decorating ideas – you have come to the right place!
Transitioning your home for fall doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul as a few touches can have a strong visual impact. Here are a few ideas on how to bring a festive feel to your home for the upcoming holiday season. (Updated September 2020)
This post covers:
- Elements of Fall Decorating
- Fall Decorating Ideas for 2020
- How to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall
- Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for Outside
- Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for the Entranceway
- Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for the Living Room & Kitchen
- Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for the Bedroom
Elements of Fall Decorating
1. Warm Earthtone Colors
The autumnal palette is warm, earthy, and inviting. These earth tone hues are naturally inviting, and layering on a fall-inspired color story will make your home feel warm and welcoming. Rich and vibrant colors such as amber, ocher, and russet are evocative of gorgeous fall foliage, while wood and ceramic décor add perfectly imperfect beauty that echoes the glorious shades of the season.
Give your living room and bedrooms a quick update by adding throw pillows and blankets in shades of fall. Chunky, textural knits and seasonally inspired pillows in warm tones are perfect for cozy fall nights curled up on the sofa.
Autumn has many earth tones that reflect the landscape that include everything from bright red and orange to neutrals and jewel-tones.
Here are a few examples of stunning fall palettes:
Nods to nature, from reclaimed materials to an earth tone palette, make this iconic look feel fresh. Clean lines, rustic finishes, and earthy textures give it a timeless appeal. This look celebrates the beauty of the forest with mossy greens and touches of Autumn. Rich wood tones and tumbled brass make it warm and inviting.
Decor Source: Faux Magnolia in Wide Bronze Vase (Arhause), Chunky Knit Tassel Throws in Tobacco & Cypress (Pottery Barn), Cozy Pumpkin Pillows (Pottery Barn), Terra Cotta Green Amphora Vase (Arhaus), Bedding Collection (Pottery Barn)
The season’s most splendid hues are warm, natural, and simply gorgeous. Layer them together for that oh-so-fall feeling. Liven up your home with shades that make fall beautiful – deep orange, warm ochre, and creamy shades of natural.
Decor Source: Dried Grasses (Pottery Barn), Chester Handmade Brushed Lantern (Pottery Barn), Alpaca Plaid Throw (Crate & Barrel)
Cozy Teddy Faux Fur Throw (Pottery Barn), Suede Stripe Pieced Linen Pillow Cover (Williams Sonoma), Dining Room Table Décor (Pottery Barn)
Deep colors, like a rich plum and beautiful burgundy, are bound to warm up any crisp fall evening. Adding in a few lighter shades to the mix, such as muted pastels and a light gray, will make for the perfect balance during this transitional time of year.
Pottery Barn Fall Home Decor
Warm-up your home by mixing in decor in vibrant fall colors with bold hues such as red, orange, and yellow.
Pottery Barn Fall Home Decor
2. Rustic Materials
Rustic materials are perfect all year round but become especially important during cooler temperatures as they instantly warm up a home by bringing the outside indoors. Natural wood, tree branches, logs, dried botanicals, stems, and natural stone all work together to create a home for the holidays.
Thick woven baskets in jute or rattan fibers add space to store extra blankets and add an earthy and organic feel. Stone décor, such as granite coasters, bookends, and serving-trays warm up the living room. Metals such as wrought iron photo frames, antique brass clocks, or a bronze centerpiece bowl add a personal touch
3. Fall Throw Pillows & Blankets
Throw pillows can effortlessly change the entire look of a living room or bedroom by adding a pop of color, texture, and pattern. New throw pillows are the perfect way to breathe new life into a room and are one of the best ways to elevate a house to a home.
When it comes to replacing your pillows, there are several options. In the fall, many home décor retailers begin to stock their shelves with a vast array of throw pillows and blankets in warm earth tone colors. Autumn-inspired motifs are also popular this time of year, and it’s easy to find a broad array of pillow covers with pumpkins, fall foliage, and Thanksgiving themes.
Layering throw blankets over the back or arms of your sofa or armchair and at the end of the bed make the room feel cozy. Luxuriously soft sheepskin, faux-fur, and velvet throws make a statement and bring an extra touch of elegance.
Mix and match throw blankets and pillows to coordinate with your living room in bold shades of red, orange, and yellow, or subtle hues of wheat and ochre.
4. Fall Decor
When you think about fall home decor a few items come to mind, such as pumpkins, gourds, festive wreaths, plaid patterned pillows and blankets, glowing candles, and cornstalks. Create a classic, woodsy look with birch logs. The creamy white tones of the birch bring warmth to your space in the wintertime. Choose thin, light branches or twigs and place in tall vases. For the floor or hearth area, use logs tied in natural jute cord.
5. Soft Lighting
Everything looks better bathed in a warm glow. Be sure to consider using different sizes and designs – from classic pillar candles to glass hurricanes. Taper candles in slim-lined holders work beautifully as table centerpieces and on buffets. Tealights make a stunning addition when scattered across table surfaces.
Candles create a warm, inviting, and intimate atmosphere. Cinnamon stick candles are not only beautiful but also provide a welcoming fragrance for those who live in the home and for special guests.
6. Let Nature Inspire
Use the glorious colors of Autumn found in the great outdoors as inspiration to decorate your home.
Fall Design Trends for 2020
From woven textures to mineral tones, here is what is popular this season:
Tables set with artfully crafted stoneware that combines streamlined silhouettes with rustic details.
Meet your go-to fall layer. Super soft and lustrous – velvet bedding adds a sumptuous layer of warmth to the bed.
Warm and distinguished, burnished shades of leather -from cognac to caramel – look modern yet timeless.
This trend is a favorite, and rightfully so: Handcrafted natural accents add distinctive texture and effortless style to any space.
Bundles of wild grasses bring the effortless look of foraged foliage to the table for a maintenance-free arrangement.
Branch out with festive faux foliage that looks like foraged stems.
Meet your next heirloom. One-of-a-kind markings and hand-applied finished give responsibly sourced furniture the appeal of an antique.
Brass is the gold standard for decorative metals – and adds warmth with a hint of glamour to a room.
Layers of Linen
Lightly textured and irresistibly soft, there is a lot to love with the lived-in look of linen – in a subtle earth tone hues.
Faux-fur accents are equal parts luxurious and cozy.
Plush textures underfoot give your space an instant cozy update while adding dimension and a touch of luxe.
Rethink your fall spread with neutral yet festive touches that are perfect from September until Thanksgiving.
You can easily elevate a table with beautiful votives in an array of autumn-inspired hues
Rustic Modern Decor
Nods to nature, from reclaimed materials to a mineral palette, make this iconic look feel fresh. Clean lines, rustic finishes, and earthy textures give it a timeless appeal.
Handcrafted with terra-cotta and brought to life in warm, earthy tones, and are steeped in rustic style that recalls primitive ceramics. They pair perfectly with billowing dried grasses or sprigs of faux berries.
How to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall
Making your home look cozy for fall is all about piling on the layers, from extra throw cushions to soft blankets. Start adding in cozy textiles and woven materials once it starts getting chilly outside.
Glowing candles, cable-knit pillows, and throws, as well as plush area rugs, create an inviting living room or bedroom.
A layered, collected look provides a cozy and inviting space. Interior designer Nate Berkus says, “It’s all about mixing different materials, finishes, and textures. Choose natural materials and objects that feel well-worn or have patina. Antique and vintage furniture are great for this, and also metallics, geodes, and wood.”
Make the bedroom cozy by swapping out crisp cotton sheets for flannel linens that hold in the warmth. Drape a quilt or throw blanket at the foot of the bed and a soft sheepskin rug on the floor.
A new rug is one of the fastest ways to instantly change the look and feel of a room—from neutral to bold hues.
Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for Outside
The best way to start decorating a fall front porch is to focus on color. A fall palette typically includes red and orange as well as shades of brown, gold, and deep purple.
Faux leaf garlands stay vibrant through Autumn and are a great way to welcome the fall.
Layering multiple garlands in contrasting shapes and colors creates texture and interest. They also look just as beautiful wrapped around a doorway or attached across a porch overhang.
Add a seasonal wreath to the front door to add a pop of color. There are many DIY wreath tutorials as well as gorgeous fall wreaths that can be purchased online.
Cluster different sized pumpkins and gourds on porches and back patios. If there is enough space, consider placing a friendly scarecrow on top of a bale of hay.
Other fall elements to include are hay bales, dried corn stalks, and wheat sheaves.
String lights or lanterns help light up the longer nights and radiate a warm glow. Seasonal mums in architectural planters provide unexpected colors.
Rustic Fall Decorating ideas for the Entranceway
Nothing makes a great first impression like an entranceway beautifully decorated for the holidays. Fall entryway décor can be added to an entryway table to create a festive feel.
Decorate with natural elements such as pumpkins, gourds, fall branches, baskets, and pine cones. Metallic tones add extra warmth and beauty. Try filling tall vases with acorns or create a fall floral arrangement.
Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas for the Living Room & Kitchen
The living room is easy to decorate for fall. Try adorning the hearth with spice-scented candles and colorful vases filled with artificial flowering branches. Additional decor that works well on a mantel are lanterns, faux pumpkins, tapered candles, artificial flowering branches, and vessels filled with acorns or pinecones. A statement mirror framed in warm bronze adds depth to the room. Seasonal garlands and candles on the mantel add even more warmth.
With the hearth completed, it is time to tackle other surfaces such as tables, window sills, and countertops. Here you can add small scale floral displays and statement bowls filled with rustic decor.
The kitchen in the image below already has beautiful warm tones. The addition of a few fall elements such as the wreath and pumpkin add a festive touch. Plaid napkins and dry cloths in warm earth tones would also work well in this kitchen.
Rustic Decorating Ideas for the Bedroom
Autumn brings cooler nights that require cozy covers. Bedrooms become one of our favorite retreats during the fall and winter seasons. If you have brightly colored bedding, replace it with warmer tones such as duvet covers in forest green, grey, or taupe. Quilts and coverlets also add plush comfort and provide a cozy touch to the bedroom. Decorative pillows are arguably the easiest way to transform both the living room and bedroom. Compliment the bedding with fall-themed pillows for additional texture and pattern.
A bold bed covered in rich green velvet is the perfect foundation for layers of cozy neutrals and timeless toile.