Fall means crisp winds with changing colors outside, creating a wonderland as school days start back up. To bring the fall look inside, you need to think creatively about decor options that truly spruce up a space. From falling leaves to harvested pumpkins, there are lots of things to celebrate this special time of year.
1. Bring the Outside In
Your dining table is a perfect place to start with fall decor. Find a relatively narrow tree branch and collect pine cones, leaves and small gourds. Lay the branch on the table using a runner as a centerpiece. Arrange the smaller items around the branch as accents. You can even bore holes into the branch to hold candles, for example. Keeping the decor as natural as possible is paramount. Fake gourds or leaves stand out when visitors examine the project.
Children love to play in leaves as they pile up during autumn. Consider a gentler approach by asking everyone to find an intact leaf with interesting coloration. As long as the leaf is somewhat intact, it’s a perfect specimen for this project. Affix each individual leaf to a paper backing and hang it in a frame. You want several small frames for this project to literally cover a wall section with leaves. The various colors produce a natural glow, especially if the room is brightly lit.
3. Fill Up a Basket
Younger children love all the curious items that appear in the autumn, from cornucopias to dried corn. Fill a large basket with random fall items. Allow the kids to arrange them as best as they can, but refine it right before displaying it in a living room or even on a front porch. Surround the basket with other fall items that didn’t fit, such as that medium-size pumpkin ripe for carving. This project is also perfect for smaller homes without the space for huge decorative projects.
Spruce up the living room with fall colors to match all the decor projects springing up. Add orange, brown or yellow pillows to the couch. Drape a throw across the couch that has a fall appearance. Hang up a piece of artwork depicting a fall day. Try not to overdo the color accents, however. They aren’t supposed to overwhelm visitors with color, but simply stand out as pinpoints of interest. You should still be able to see the original room decor color under the accents.
Fall is the process of nature readying itself for winter. Flowers and foliage are dying back as a result of the cooler temperatures and low-lying sunlight. Some of the most interesting flowers and branches arise from autumn’s processes. Ask the entire family to pick flowers and fallen branches to create an indoor bouquet. Arrange it with many different components for an eclectic center piece. Place it on the coffee table or side table. If you have the space, you can always make several of these bouquets for unique accents.
When you decide on an easy DIY fall decor project, consider your children’s ages as well. You want everyone to participate so select projects that are simple enough for even the younger children to enjoy. Making decor part of a weekend project brings the family together and entices friends to join in as they explore this fantastic season.
Written by Tim Smith. Smith is an avid writer for Modernize.