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9 Easy, Elegant Ways to Cozy Up Your Home With Festive Fall Décor

Fall has officially arrived, and once the chill (finally) settles in, there’s nothing better than coming home and cozying up with family in a welcoming, festive space.

This year, in lieu of big black spiders, construction paper witches and cheesy webs, fall décor is all about natural neutrals. Pinterest [1] is rife with inspiration for fall-friendly home ideas that won’t clash with your current design. Think white pumpkins, muted tones and comfy, chunky knits.

Here’s a look at the hottest fall home décor trends people are loving on Pinterest right now.

1. Muted tones

Fall hues don’t have to be dark and heavy. Incorporate pumpkins and greenery in similar muted tones. Lucy from Craftberry Bush [2] suggests first choosing a color theme when decorating for a specific season. Her palette of muted tones with hints of rust and dark blue easily fit into her home’s airy design.

2. White pumpkins

The no-white-after-Labor-Day rule clearly doesn’t apply to pumpkins. (If you haven’t noticed, white is the new orange.) Stick with white pumpkins this year to create a chic look that’s still festive. We love this monochromatic display of mini white pumpkins and white mugs.

3. Gray knits

Create a cozy corner by layering gray, cream and white throw pillows with a gray throw blanket. Choose chunky knits and plaid prints, but stick to neutrals to achieve the look without going overboard. We love how Jennifer of The Grace House [3] accented her space with a stack of white pumpkins, a bucket of birch wood and a complementary wreath.

4. Pumpkins + succulents

Pumpkins and succulents go hand in hand when it comes to fall décor. These succulent-stuffed pumpkins make the perfect centerpieces for your coffee table or dining room table. Arrange a few in varying sizes and colors, or bring one to your next party as a unique hostess gift.

5. Darling doormats

This fall, choose a doormat that will set the scene before anyone even enters your home. With so many mats with cute and cheeky phrases to choose from, finding one for fall that fits your home and personality is easy. What better way to make a first impression?

6. Hot chocolate/coffee station

Set up a little hot chocolate or coffee bar in your kitchen that can stay on display all season and through the winter months. Make sure you stock up on coffee pods, hot chocolate packets, tea bags, mini marshmallows and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Don’t forget the candy canes come December!

7. Monochromatic

Whether you choose white, orange, gold, green or another favorite fall color, you can’t go wrong with a monochromatic look. This arrangement combines pumpkins, flowers, antlers and candles for a fall focal point that looks like it was assembled by an interior designer. Find a few of your favorite objects in similar shades and different textures and arrange them for a one-of-a-kind centerpiece.

8. Fall-festive votives

Stack a few of your favorite pumpkins into glass votives, jars or vases for easy fall décor that doesn’t look cheesy. Another idea that’s all over Pinterest? Fill a few small votives with coffee beans and place a vanilla candle in the center. Let the candle burn and your home will fill with a delicious coffee-vanilla scent.

9. Chalkboard art

Add a poster-size chalkboard in your entryway that you can customize for each season. (Enlist your artsiest family member, friend or stencils to help out if your art skills leave much to be desired.) Switch it up every so often with new fun phrases and directional cues like this one.


As the temperature drops and you find yourself wanting to spend more time cuddled up in your cozy sanctuary, remember that there are those in our community who don’t have a warm, safe home to retreat to. But, you can help change that by supporting one of these 25 incredible housing nonprofits [4] making a difference in Chicago.

Lindsay Roseman

Lindsay Roseman, formerly Make It Better Digital Editor, is a Chicago-based writer, editor and lifestyle blogger living in Old Town. When she’s not blogging about her current favorites on What Lindsay Loves [5], she’s looking for the best new thing in fashion, beauty, food and entertainment — or she’s probably running (training for her first Chicago Marathon). Other things Lindsay loves: banana lattes and small dogs (she’s a dog mom to @LylaTheCockapoo [6]). Her work has also been published in CS, NS and Women’s Health magazines. She is a proud supporter of Court Appointed Special Advocates [7]