That transition from summer to autumn décor in the house can sometimes be a gradual one. September is usually a hot month where I live and it makes adding all things cozy like tartan plaid and pumpkin spice feel like rushing the season until the weather cools down a bit.
So to ease into autumn décor, adding simple touches around the house is often the go-to way. Here are some simple decorating ideas to usher in the season.
Get Outdoor Inspiration
Since I am mostly a natural decorating kind of girl, I love to first look outdoors for elements to bring inside. Gathering acorns, snipping September wildflowers, and even clipping some of those long field grass are easy ways to capture an abundance of beauty that nature provides.
A seasonal wreath is always a perfect decoration. One of my favorites is the Briarwood Cottage wreath. Full of natural charm with grapevines, pinecones, leaves, and rose hips, it adds a gorgeous natural look to your home. You will see this one on repeat in mine this season!
And if you want to go a bit bolder colorwise, another favorite is the Sunset Meadow wreath. It adds the perfect amount of a pop of orange and yellow for a bit more seasonal color.
Display Fall Pumpkins
And then, it is all about adding pumpkins and other subtle elements. White pumpkins are some of my staple autumn décor. They are easy to place on the mantel, on a cupboard, and even on the porch. They add a lovely early-autumn look without shouting in bold orange tones.
Of course, on the porch it is all about charming pumpkins, too—and lanterns and candles, which are the perfect companions. I fill several pots with cabbages and gather up these muted toned pumpkins (find similar faux ones here), then add a bit of ambiance with lanterns and outdoor-safe LED candles.
Use Warm Metals
Mix metals like copper mugs with dried greens and flowers for a simple, rustic charm on the mantel.
Another way to use white pumpkins on the mantel is with fresh flowers. Blooms are always in style and they add a soft romantic look for those who crave that.
Show an Abundant Harvest
Another natural transition element is using wheat sheaves. I love to tie loose pieces of wheat with a ribbon on a door or stair railing for an unexpected look. A couple of those here and there will bring a feeling of harvest time, even when it is 90 degrees outside.
Add other fall-inspired foliage and accents and you have a beautiful autumn display that will last all the way to Thanksgiving.
I hope these simple tips give you some ideas for adding touches of the season’s color and charm to your home as we transition to autumn décor. Read more about decorating for each season here.
As the founder of lifestyle blog French Country Cottage and editor of Romantic Homes magazine, Courtney is known for bringing chic aesthetics and vintage elegance to her designs. Courtney offers readers creative ideas and decorating tips inspired by the ongoing renovations on her 1940s cottage home.