Tips for planning your seasonal decor along with shopping sources and inspiration.
Last year when I was sharing my fall decor, I had quite a few people write to say they wished I had started sharing earlier. I decided that this year I would try very hard to do a better job of getting ideas and inspiration out to you in a more timely manner. The thing is that it seems like every year, fall decor comes out earlier and earlier. I honestly don’t want to rush the season, and I don’t want to take away what’s left of the summer.
Give Yourself Plenty Of Time
Decorating for fall has become increasingly popular in recent years. It’s actually getting almost as big as decorating for Christmas. Fall decor begins to appear in stores and on retail sites by June or July. That means if you don’t plan ahead, and get your new items early, you lose out!
So let’s simplify things, begin early, and start with a plan. I have found, and I’m sure that most of you will agree, that making a plan before starting literally any project is a good idea. Let’s approach our seasonal decorating in the same way.
Easy Steps For Making A Seasonal Decor Plan
- Choose an item to use as your jumping-off point. It can be a set of pillows, a throw blanket, a seasonal wreath, a framed print, or even a flower arrangement. Use the colors in your inspiration piece for the rest of your decor, along with plenty of neutrals.
- Once you have your inspiration piece, shop your house. See what you already have that can be used again…or repurposed into something completely new.
- Decide which spaces will be included. I always decorate my porch, entry, living room, and kitchen. This decision will most likely depend on how many accessories you have. If you have just a few things, start with one or two spaces.
- If budget allows, add something new. It’s always nice to freshen seasonal decor each year. If your wreath is old, add a new bow. Purchase a set of new pillows, or a festive throw. Since it’s fall, treat yourself to pots of mums or bouquets of sunflowers.
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Make Your Plan A Reality
To help you visualize how to do this, here’s my fall decorating plan.
- I want a very simple look for our fall front porch, so I chose brown and white houndstooth pillow covers, a comfy throw blanket, and a really fun new garden stool. The garden stool is a great price, and it’s not like anything I’ve ever used before. See how the porch turned out HERE!
- I’m using the same door basket from our summer porch, existing planters, and a layered doormat and rug combination.
- For the inside, my whole plan began with the set of rust embroidered flower pillow covers. They are inexpensive, but so cute, and for the price, they are very nice quality.
- I am also adding a set of tasseled pillow covers that are super budget-friendly, along with a colorful throw blanket.
- For the remainder of the interior decor, I’m using things I already have. I’m not sure exactly how yet, but as I begin the decorating process, I’ll try various things until I get it right.
Tips For Putting In All In Place
- I always begin with the porch, and work my way through our house. Start with the easiest space, but don’t try to decorate everything all at once…spread it out and enjoy the process.
- Use a color palette inspired by fall, such as deep oranges, rich yellows, warm reds, and earthy browns. These colors remind us of autumn, and create a cozy feeling.
- If your budget is tight, shop sales. (That’s why it pays to plan ahead.)
- Sometimes less is more. Don’t feel like you have to decorate every square inch of your space. This is our mantra: “Add and then edit.”
Shop + Source
tasseled pillow cover | rust flowered pillow cover | pumpkin patch pillow cover | throw blanket in burnt orange | pumpkins | wood lantern white porch rocker | pillow cover
brown throw blanket | garden stool | white lantern set | white planter | layering rug | doormat
I know there is a lot of summer left to enjoy…and I’m not trying to take away from that. Planning ahead makes the actual process of decorating for the seasons so much easier. I like to think about things for a while before I start making decisions, and I bet some of you do too. So start thinking about where you would like to begin, do a little shopping, maybe even fit in some sewing or crafting. Most of all, enjoy and have fun!
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