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Posted September 15, 2020 by Marlen Komar

38 Fall Decorating Ideas to Ring in the Season of Pumpkin Spice

Even warm weather lovers can't deny the pleasure that comes from throwing on a cozy chunky knit sweater or taking part in a jack-o'-lantern carving sesh. As summer turns to fall, it's time to welcome in the season that's meant for comfy nights in. In fact, one silver lining that has come out of staying home so much is the opportunity to really get the vibe right in your space.

This is especially helpful during fall, the time of year where being at home is actually fun, especially when it means decking your home out in the coziest, chicest seasonal decor. So whether you're the type to hang leaf garlands or put pumpkin-themed everything in every possible corner—or someone that just likes to introduce autumnal accent colors into your space after summer, you'll find 38 different ways to bring a little bit of the fall spirit into your home up ahead.

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1. Add autumnal accents

You can certainly scatter pumpkins all over your home, but that's not the only way you can embrace the season. Blogger Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow upped the fall factor in her home by incorporating accessories in classic autumnal colors like orange, gray, and brown. She also topped the room off with some jewel-toned florals and cozy candles.

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2. Make Halloweentown proud

The Halloween spirit is in full force in Michelle Hsu's home—just peep those candlesticks and leaf garland!. With no shortage of bats, pumpkins, and ghosts on her walls and shelves, she ensured that this space is perfectly suited for fall's first big holiday.

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3. Soften your palette

Fall is all about simplicity and life slowing down, so if bright colors don't strike your fancy, choose something more subtle for your space. Follow in the footsteps of Romika Gunn. Quiet, muted colors and dried botanical accents instantly make things feel more autumnal rather than summery.

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4. Infuse fall into your bathroom

Yes, even your bathroom can join in on the seasonal fun, as proven perfectly by Bailey Huffman. A few decorative pumpkins—plus, swapping in a striped hand towel in harvest colors—can instantly put a seasonal twist on your powder room. Switch your hand soap to a fall-inspired scent, and you'll be good to go.

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5. (Pumpkin) spice up your mantel

You can wrap yourself up in fleece blankets and sip on salted caramel hot chocolate in your living room, but if your mantel is lacking fall coziness, your perfect scene will be missing that finishing touch. Bring it into the room by printing out this brilliant banner from Just Destiny at your local Walgreens, and hang it right over a group of pumpkins. If you're not quite ready to light a fireplace this time of year, you can also fit a chalkboard over the space and draw on some flames yourself. So fun!

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6. Rethink basic bouquets

Another one from Just Destiny, add an impressive splash of autumnal cheer to any shelf or tabletop with this pumpkin idea with a twist. Follow the tutorial to see how to print out a stencil to stick onto your gourd, and then add a dreamy bouquet of fall flowers into the top, tied together with a gingham bow.

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7. Create a pumpkin-filled fireplace

If you live in a climate where you still wear sandals during fall and can't light a crackling fire in the living room, make up for the lack of s'mores by filling your fireplace with a colorful array of gourds. It's an easy style move, but packs a lot of punch. Go with classic orange pumpkins and squashes for a traditional look, or pile in the heirloom varieties like Sarah Tucker did in this Pin-worthy image.

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8. Cover your home in quotes

Words create your reality, so build a hygge space by weaving a story with your favorite fall elements like Lindsay Letters did here: Crunching leaves, cozy blankets, and sweet cider.

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9. Work in dark shades

Black is timelessly edgy and chic, but there's something about it that makes an ideal color for fall. The second you mix it with natural textures, pumpkins, and dried twigs, you've got yourself a recipe for an autumnal wonderland. Case in point: Christina Allen's gorgeously decorated dining room, which relies on hits of black in the tableware and furniture—and cute black mini pumpkins!—to channel fall feels.

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10. Dial up the cozy factor

Soft throw blankets, fuzzy textures, and a few fall-time botanicals will instantly transform a room. Renate Larsen Lorentzen mixed cozy touches in with neutral colors and wood finishes to really bring her loft into the seasonal spirit. If you're looking for a fresh take on a warm fall accent color, try mustard. It pairs well with everything from wood finishes to natural upholstery and even gray paint.

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