Cooler temperatures and changing leaves signal it's time to pull out the fall decorations. Colorado Springs offers many beautiful leaf-viewing spots, but you can create your own beautiful fall scene at home to enjoy all season. Many fall decorating ideas work in any home, including the cozy homes in the ViewPointe community, and you can customize them to fit your decor preferences.
A simple fall decorating idea is to incorporate a fall color scheme. Brown, orange, yellow and red are popular options for autumn. Add pillows, rugs, place mats, table decor, wall decor and other decorative elements that fit the fall color scheme. This option is ideal if you don't want obvious fall designs, such as pumpkins or leaves, in your decor. These decor pieces can also last through Thanksgiving, unlike Halloween-themed decorations that are no longer relevant after October. Some of the decor pieces might also work year-round if the colors go with your overall decorating scheme.
Welcome your guests with a fall touch by hanging a decorative autumn wreath on your front door. Grapevine wreaths lend an earthy look that matches the season, but you can find a variety of fall wreaths available to match your preferences. You can also make your own design by grabbing a plain wreath form and hot-gluing or wiring things like leaves, acorns, mini pumpkins and fall-colored flowers onto it. Wreath hangers fit easily over your door to display the wreath without drilling holes.
Another classic option for creating a fall theme is the use of pumpkins and gourds. If you want a realistic look, get real gourds and pumpkins to display on your table indoors as well as outdoors. Line your steps with them, or place them near your front door. You can also grab a basket or other container and stack the pumpkins and gourds inside. If you don't want to worry about rotting pumpkins, grab faux versions that look realistic. You can put them indoors without worrying about the mess. At the end of the season, pack them away until next fall.
Chrysanthemums are one of the most recognizable fall flowers, and they make beautiful indoor and outdoor decorations. They come in a variety of colors that work well with fall themes, including yellow, orange and red. You'll spot potted mums in many stores in the fall. Use the container they come in, or choose a pretty fall container to enhance the display. Place them on your front stoop along with pumpkins and other fall decor for an easy decoration. If you don't want to care for real mums, you can use an arrangement of artificial mums that will look great all season.
If you're limited on space for indoor fall decorations, your dining table could be the perfect spot. Create a festive place to dine by using fall tablecloths, place mats and napkins to set the scene. Fall-themed plates can also add to the seasonal ambiance. Add fall flower arrangements, mini pumpkins, leaves, acorns and other fall decor pieces in the middle of the table to create the seasonal theme. Create a centerpiece by filling a large glass vase with acorns, pine cones or similar autumn filler items. You can also place a large fall-themed candleholder in the center of the table.
Dress up your sofa and chairs with fall-themed throw pillows and blankets. You can find a variety of pillow designs, from subtle fall colors to detailed embroidery displaying pumpkins and other fall items. An easy way to change your throw pillows for each season is to use pillow covers. Simply put a new cover on for each season. When you're done with them, you can fold the covers up into small squares for easy storage. Drape a fall-themed throw blanket over the back of your chair or couch for another autumnal touch. The blankets also give you a cozy way to curl up on chilly fall days.
You can create a harvest feel by adding hay bales and cornstalks to your decorations. These options work best outdoors as they can be messy indoors with lots of dropped debris. Stack a few hay bales on your front porch and add some pumpkins and other fall decor for an easy option. You can create a corn shock by bundling and tying together several cornstalks. Tie ribbons around the hay bales and cornstalks for an extra decorative touch. These options make larger focal points for your outdoor decor.
Seasonal garlands are popular and come in a variety of designs, from rows of leaves to fall-colored pom-poms. These garlands offer an easy way to decorate nearly anything. Hang them along a shelf, fireplace mantle or table. You can also use them to decorate around a door or window frame. Some garlands are safe to place outdoors, but make sure the material can handle the weather elements first. If you find a garland that's outdoor-friendly, use it to wrap around posts or drape along your railings. Add a string of glowing lights to create a cozy, inviting feel for your deck.
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