Ah, fall—it has so much more to offer than just pumpkin spice lattes and apple picking photoshoots. ‘Tis the season for more indoor hangouts, time spent at home, and brilliant, warm colors, all of which makes fall decorating especially lovely and important. And since the year’shas arrived, we came up with 48 fresh fall decorating ideas and designer tips to help you get your own home ready. From easy but transformative updates to fun design challenges and projects, these autumn-appropriate decorating ideas won’t let you down. Get ready to pile on the plaid, go all out on the throw pillows—and forget the firewood.
In this high-impact, eclectic sitting room by Brigette Romanek of Romanek Design Studio, the mix of black and white elements, casual and sophisticated pieces, and hard and soft materials ensure that it feels timeless all year long. To give it a bit more of a seasonal spin, make sure your blooms feel fall-ready.
Decorate in greens and browns to bring some earthiness to your room. A deep blue-green tone like this one in a space by Arent & Pyke is perfect for a smaller nooks to create a fully cocooned environment.
A sheepskin is peak cozy—instead of using it as a rug, drape it over a chair for a more inviting dining nook. It’s easy and affordable but also transformative.
Make sure statement artwork or any pieces that take up a lot of visual real estate exude the right tone. In this living room by Danielle Colding, the warm tones of the painting above the mantle strike the perfect seasonal mood.
The casual, contemporary look mixed with more formal touches makes this dining room designed by Tamsin Johnson truly striking and unique. To keep things fresh, bring in new slipcovers in autumnal hues.
Say goodbye to bug bites and sweaty nights. Restyle your outdoor space for chillier months by investing in an outdoor fire pit. Just keep plenty of blankets and firewood nearby as the weather cools down.
The inky blue ottoman and angular, earthy side tables ground this light and airy living room decorated by Jess Bunge of Emily Henderson Design.
Keep the ingredients for fall cocktails close by at the bar. If you don’t have a built-in home bar, keep your liquor stylishly stocked in an armoire as a “barmoire.” A gold tray like the one in this space designed by StudioDB can help you serve drinks and stay organized when hosting.
An easy way to transition a neutral bedroom from summer to fall? Add a dark fur throw. It’ll be the best cuddle buddy you’ve ever had.
Now this is how you make an entrance. Designed by Tamsin Johnson, the built-in reading bench is a cozy spot to settle while you take off the layers from the day. If you don’t want to invest in a built-in nook like this one, swap out your standard entry table for an upholstered bench. Top it with throw pillows and books for a more home-y entrance.
Sure, ottomans and poufs are great any time of year, but they just feel extra comfy in the fall—especially this giant furry one. In this living room designed by Regan Baker Design, a wood stool is covered in a layer of faux fur for a comfy and texture-rich accent.
When it comes to fall decorating, the more texture, the better. Take note from this cozy living room designed by Gail Davis and swap out lighter, summerier pillows with throws that feature warmer, heavier fabrics, like a leather or faux fur option.
All the fringe for fall, please. It looks especially cool on throw pillows and blankets. Oh, and of course, don’t be afraid to light a fire, especially when you’re lucky enough to have one in the bedroom.
Stocked with records and a record player, this bar cart decorated by Emily Henderson instantly preps the house for a party. Since you’ll be spending more and more time indoors, you’ll want to make sure the living room is ready to entertain.
Floating shelves give you an extra perch to display decor in an otherwise task-centric room, but since all your supplies will be out in the open, make sure the ones on display are seasonally on point. In Justina Blakeney’s kitchen, the earthy, laidback reclaimed wood floating shelves are enhanced by the glossy forest green tile backslash and feel ready for autumn thanks to the brass pieces, chocolate brown plates, and yellow mugs.
In this living room design by Toledo Geller, the raw wood coffee table delivers a natural grit. If you aren’t ready to invest in a similar staple piece, use coasters with that natural, unprocessed look.
Update your gallery with seasonal artwork. In this modern dining room, the clean-lined, organized composition and black backgrounds give the whole space so much more depth.
Leanne Ford Interiors built a custom cabinet over this radiator to reclaim the hallway space and turn it into a beautiful little reading nook. The shelf also functions as a makeshift library.
In this cool sunken living room designed by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design, plush dark gray carpeting and floor cushions ensure maximum comfort. It’s proof that faux fur can be just as warm and elevated.
Scent plays a huge role in mood, so set the right tone in your home by lighting seasonal candles that make you feel cozy, warm, and ready for the holiday season ahead. Designer Catherine Kwong chose a a Diptique fragrance in a black vessel for a more grounded look.
This dreamy master bathroom by Commune Design is colorful and energizing while also being calming and laidback. No matter what style your bathroom is, you can get it ready for the chillier season ahead by swapping a summery bathmat with something a little more luxe and plush. That way, you won’t get cold feet.
If you’re looking for a fall decorating idea that’s insanely easy but makes a big difference, look no further. This summery white slipcovered sofa in a living room designed by Arent & Pyke gets a fall twist with burgundy and burnt orange velvet throw pillows.
Give your dining room a whole new look and make it feel seasonal by painting half the walls. Choose a small room or make a statement, like Leanne Ford did in this dining room.
Fall is all about getting serious about work. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for fun! Spruce up your work station or home office with stylish lighting, inspiring artwork, and playful vases, as seen in this space designed by Emily Henderson. And make sure your desk is well-organized for maximum productivity. That shearling chair is perfect for fall, too.
Swap out your rug for a patterned rug in fall colors—oranges, reds, browns, and purples. It’ll instantly made the room feel richer and more bold. Designer Nick Olsen gives classic items—like the Persian rug, chestnut bookcase, mini topiary on the mantle, and ornate mirror above the fireplace—a modern twist with an angular glass coffee table and shiny sky blue ceiling paint.
Who says upholstery doesn’t belong in the bathroom? Deck out an upholstered stool with all your bathtub essentials for the ultimate relaxation station. Elizabeth Roberts brought in more modern lighting and accents as well as sleek storage to keep things contemporary.
With the shorter days, you’ll want to add brighter lighting to your favorite spaces. In this cozy attic study, a soft glow comes from the corner table lamp while the fun library wallpaper keeps a sense of humor.
A draped canopy gives the bed a cozy, cocoon-like feel with serious hygge vibes. And who says blue can’t work for fall? Hygge is all about creating a cozy, comfortable space, which means choosing things that bring you comfort and joy and put you at ease.
We’re loving the inky matte black and smoky gray plates in this dining room designed by Catherine Kwong. Using darker serveware can make your dinner parties feel fall-ready.
Get your powder room in the fall mood with a dramatic marble sink vanity, rose gold lighting and accents, and a sleek, mysterious wallpaper.