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.

Autumn decor

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.
Autumn decor wreath

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!

Autumn mantel wreath decor

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.

Autumn decor pumpkins

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.

Autumn porch decor with pumpkins and lanterns

Use Warm Metals

Mix metals like copper mugs with dried greens and flowers for a simple, rustic charm on the mantel.

Autumn mantel decor

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.

Autumn mantel decor with pumpkins

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.

Autumn decor with wheat sheaves

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

Happy decorating!

Courtney of French Country Cottage

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.

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