6 Unique Fall Decorating Ideas You Need to Try

Ashley Dennis | 17 Aug 2020 | Seasonal Trends

How early is too early to start thinking about fall? If you're like us, you might not be able to contain your excitement when it comes to seasonal decorating! We're already dreaming about autumn classics like the smell of cinnamon, crisp and cool nights, cozy sweaters... What's not to love about the season?

But this year, you might be looking for something more fresh and exciting than the same old jack-o-lantern decor and pumpkin spice everything. So we've harvested a selection of unique home decorating ideas to help you deck the halls this fall.

white and grey striped fabric with subtle herringbone texture draped across a flat surface and accented with a small stuffed pumpkin and sprig of orange leaves.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premier Roman Shade in Carrolton Mocha.

1. Inspiration From The Kitchen

There's more to fall than pumpkins and gourds. Look to your kitchen for more edible inspiration! Dried orange slices smell amazing and make great sun catchers when hung by a window. When properly dried or dehydrated, orange slices can last for months to a full year and carry you through the entire holiday season.

To get this look: Cut an unpeeled orange into thin slices no more than a quarter inch thick (thinner is better). Bake on a non-stick pan around 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 hours. You want the rind to feel stiff and the orange's core to look translucent. Let the slices cool and then thread with twine to make your own festive (and fragrant!) garland.

Dried orange slices strung into a garland with twine and hung above a window.

2. Edible Autumn Cheer

For more edible autumn cheer, try decorating with apples! Red Delicious and Golden Delicious varieties can bring robust color to your dining table or kitchen counter. Plus you get bonus points for keeping a healthy snack within reach! Top off your table setting with a few chunky candles like @greybirchdesigns did in her modern farmhouse styled dining room. See her full transformation here!

modern farmhouse styled dining room with large, rustic wood table and upholstered benches next to a window with white shutters. Fall foliage and apples line the table as a centerpiece.

Pictured: Blinds.com Simplicity Wood Shutter in Bright White. Photo via @greybirchdesigns.

3. Fall-ing for Houseplants

For many, it doesn't feel like fall until the leaves start changing colors. But if you live in the south (howdy from our team in Texas!) this might not happen for many more weeks, if at all. Even if it’s not cool enough for cardigans and hot chocolate, it's never too early to start injecting some fall color into your life!

Plants like cacti and succulents require little maintenance and come in a variety of colors. Tiny window sill cacti in reds and yellows can be a cute twist on your home's autumn aesthetic. They're also a festive way to transition between seasons!

three small cacti (yellow, red and dark plum) sit in a wood planter on a kitchen counter.

4. Draped In Autumn Elegance

One of the easiest ways to transform an entire room into an autumn oasis is to switch out curtains or draperies for something more seasonal. If you don't have drapes already, hang some for an added layer of warmth, insulation and coziness during the cooler months. Warm colors like red, orange, yellow and brown are trending this year but will also make your space feel cozy from fall into winter.

burnt orange drapes cover two windows in a beige living room.

Pictured: For a similar look, check out the Blinds.com Easy Classic Pinch Pleat Drapery in Silkara Harvest.

5. Rustic Farmhouse Aesthetic

Similar to draperies, Roman Shades can add softness and warmth to your room during the colder months. Linen Roman Shades have surged in popularity and are now fundamentally part of a farmhouse-aesthetic (both modern and traditional!). They provide a subtle rustic look that brings fall vibes but works just as well year-round.

Ask our Design Consultants about matching pillow to go with your draperies or Roman Shades: 800-505-1905.

A modern, rustic dining room with exposed ceiling joists, roman shades over the large windows and a fall foliage themed table setting.

Pictured: Blinds.com Designer Roman Shade in Odyssey Whisper White.

6. Sweet Seasonal Centerpieces

Ashley Rose of Sugar + Cloth has a fall centerpiece that really "blew" us away. 🍂 She uses small balloons in peachy oranges and coral reds along with a couple tall candlesticks to create a whimsical and truly unique autumn table display. Even the drinks and flatware coordinate!

We can think of so many other places where festive balloon garland can add some holiday charm around the home: above windows, over doors, across a fireplace mantel... We highly recommend checking out her tutorial here!

Bright dining table centerpiece made with peach and coral balloons. Table is set white white candlesticks, gold flatware and cranberry colored cocktails.

Photo and tutorial via @Sugar + Cloth. Find her on social here!

Share Your Holiday Decor!

Have you decorated your home's windows for the holiday season? Share your photos with us on Instagram (@Blindsdotcom) with the tag #blindsdotcomlove! Also, follow us on Pinterest for more holiday home inspiration!

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  • About Author

    Ashley is the Blinds.com Junior Social Media Specialist. A weekend-warrior, she and her husband spend their time fixing up their townhome together. She is an Illustrator and has converted her dining room into a tiny studio where she hangs out with her two assistant-cats: Blue & Chai. Sci-fi books, video games and hula hooping are also her jam. Follow her on Instagram @Adenn.fox.