Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating for Autumn: How to Use Pumpkins and Gourds as Elegant Décor

Pumpkins and gourds are among the simplest and most charming decorations that abound during the fall season. These nature-inspired accent pieces represent a bountiful harvest. Their vibrant colors and smooth texture and contours bring to life even the quietest corners of your home. The first post in our new series, Decorating for Autumn, will give you creative ideas for turning pumpkins and gourds into elegant home décor.

Pumpkins as Candle Holders

Enhance the warmth and coziness of your home to match the cooler climate of autumn by adding a few candles placed in small orange pumpkins. The solid round base of the vegetable provides an excellent and sturdy support for the candles while its orange color adds a warm and cheerful look to your space.

Balsam Hill Pumpkin Candle Holders

Pumpkins as Door Accents

Adorn your doors and entryways with the simple yet delightful appeal of pumpkins. The bucolic charm of this autumn harvest helps make it an ideal welcome decoration for your home. For a twist on the traditional autumn wreath, try placing small orange pumpkins in the center of a coil of vines and tying them to your door using orange satin ribbons.

Small Pumpkin Wreaths

Pumpkins as Flower Vase

Pumpkins also make stylish vases to hold your favorite autumn blooms. By combining the fresh and lovely scents of flowers with the vibrancy of pumpkin orange, you can create an adorable accent piece that is sure to liven up any part of your home.

Fall Flowers in Orange Pumpkins

Pumpkins and Gourds in Your Autumn Tablescape

Highlight the pastoral elegance of your fall tablescape with pumpkins and gourds as your centerpiece. Simply place a bowl or basket filled with your autumn harvest. Offer a variety of shapes and sizes. Accent the centerpiece with red and yellow candles for a soft luminescent atmosphere. Finally, add a few dried leaves and acorns to round out the natural allure of your autumn décor.

Pumpkins and Gourds in a Wooden Bowl

Pumpkins and gourds that are not orange can bring the subtlety of nature into your tablescape. Here are some smaller white pumpkins being used to hold after-dinner treats. The green and white pumpkins, laced with the grape ivy, add an air of calm to your setting.

White and Green Pumpkins

Pumpkins and Gourds as Decorations on Stairs

Display vibrantly colored pumpkins and gourds in prominent spots that receive a lot of foot traffic. Be careful not to obstruct the way, though! You can simply group these delightful decorations on the side of the steps. Visually, a cluster of bright orange pumpkins will lead the eyes straight up the staircase.

Carved Pumpkins and Gourds

This fall, infuse your lovely home with the rustic charm of pumpkins. Whether you are using yellow, orange, or white ones, you will find that these humble fall accents are easy to incorporate into your autumn decorative theme.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.