5 Tips For Fall Decorating with Nontraditional Colors

Traditionally, Fall decor is defined by the colors the leaves turn in Fall – yellows, oranges, reds, and browns.  When I visit the seasonal decor aisle of any store, while there are plenty of decor items to choose from, I’d say 99% fall into the traditional color scheme.  For me, these colors just aren’t my personal favorites, so for the last few years, I’ve been making up my own Fall color scheme, and you can too with these helpful tips below!

You can make any color combination “work” for Fall.  Yes, any!  Pink and white, blue and green, purple and yellow….they can all be used for Fall decorating so long as you give them a Fall feel using the tips below.

Decorating with Nontraditional Fall Colors


1. Use a Lot of Texture

Think about it…Are Fall leaves are known for their baby-soft textures?  No!  They’re crispy and crunchy and uneven in color.  So if you like purple, for example, use purple in your Fall decor! But instead of bright purple Spring flowers, maybe used dried purple hydrangeas.  If you’ve saved and dried flowers or branches from earlier in the year, this is the time to break them out because their crispy texture is just perfect for Fall, regardless of the color.

French farmhouse fall dining room


Similarly, Fall decor – no matter the color – has a heavier feel to it.  If you’re using vases, maybe skip the clear glass {which is light and airy}, and opt for a wooden bucket or maybe burlap-wrapped jar.  If your heart is set on bright green, maybe forego the boxwood {which has smooth, glossy leaves}, and instead opt for moss, which has a brillo pad texture.

Burlap utensil holder for Fall decor

Wooden items also have a lot of texture, so breadboards, dough bowls, wood slices, etc. all work well in Fall decorating.  Bringing lots of heavy texture into your decorating scheme will help lend itself to a Fall look, regardless of the colors you’re using.


2. Include Natural Elements

Fall is a great time of year to decorate with what  nature provides.  Adding natural elements to your decor not only brings in a nice, organic shape, but it makes the home feel less like the seasonal aisle of a craft store and more like a home.  As mentioned above, dried flowers or branches are a wonderful option.  Pinecones, acorns, bark pieces, moss, stones, and even antlers are all wonderful natural elements that you can add to your home to give it a Fall feel without giving it a Fall theme.  {For more on the different between a look and a theme, read HERE.}

Pink and white nontraditional fall color mantel


And of course, feel free to decorate with pumpkins!  The nice thing is that many grocery stores now carry gourds of various colors, like white and green, that you can add to your home and blend seamlessly with your non-traditional Fall color scheme.  Craft stores and other home decor stores also sell quite a few faux pumpkins now in a variety of colors, so there are a lot of options that will allow you to decorate with pumpkins even if you don’t like orange.

Nontraditional fall color decorating ideas


3. Add an Element of Warmth

The idea of adding warmth directly coincides with the outdoor temperatures!  As it becomes colder outside, we start to dress warmer but we also keep our homes warmer.

The idea of adding warmth to your home can take on a few different forms.  One way, is to add natural light, or the hint of natural light, to your decor.  For example, add candles or votives around your home or into your Fall tablescapes.

White Fall dining tablescape with candles and baby boo pumpkins


Another way to add warmth is to put more of a focus on your fireplace, so decorating your mantel to draw the eye to the fireplace to subconsciously make one thing about fire.  Even if your fireplace doesn’t work, this would be the perfect time of year to fill the fire box with candles or even pumpkins, to emphasize that element of warmth!  {You can find more ideas for non-working fireplaces HERE}

French fall fireplace mantel decorating nontraditional colors


Lastly, You can also strategically place throws on furniture, which lend themselves to a cozy feel.



4. Sprinkle in Warm Metals

To help add another layer to your decor and another element of texture, sprinkle in some metals!  Warm metals, like gold or copper, are perfect for Fall and easily coordinate with a wide variety of color combinations.  If silver is more your speed, maybe skip the chrome and opt for galvanized steel, which while it has the same silvery color, has a rougher texture more in keeping with the Fall season.

Fall farmhouse kitchen decor

Ideas for decorating with nontraditional Fall colors



5. Stay Seasonally Appropriate

Now this tip might seem a little odd, but it’s important if you plan to use nontraditional colors, which might otherwise lend themselves to another season.  So if, for example, you’re using purple in your Fall decor, now’s not the time to break out your collection of beautiful butterfly picks to sprinkle in with your dried flowers because butterflies tend to be associated with Spring.  Similarly, if you’re using food as part of your decorating, maybe skips the limes and use apples instead.

Fall acorns in a vintage trophy cup - Fall decorating ideas


Examples of seasonally appropriate items include feathers, acorns, pinecones, gourds, owls, antlers, dried grasses, apples, pears, etc.Dining tablescape decorating with nontraditional Fall colors

As you select items to use in your Fall decor, look for items that seem seasonally appropriate because these items will help create a Fall feel, which is especially important if you aren’t using traditional Fall colors.



So the next time you’re at the store, don’t feel limited to shop only from the seasonal aisle; instead, use the tips above to find things that will provide a Fall feel in any color scheme you choose!



2017 Fall Home Tour – Tidbits&Twine

Welcome to my 2017 Fall Home Tour, hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life!  If you’re here visiting from Haneen’s Haven, thank you for popping over!  I’m Kim!

I believe your home should reflect your personality and be filled with things you love.  My personal style is a curated look with a French influence…but truth be told, I change things around quite a bit in my home so every week is something different.  This year, I decided to take a non-traditional approach to decorating for Fall.  Typical Fall colors aren’t my favorite to decorate with in my home, so this year I decided to use sage, white, and pink.  Why not, right?!  Come on in!



I updated my twig wreath with seeded eucalyptus branches and pinecones for a soft, natural look.  I use the same twig wreath year-round and just add different elements to it in order to give it a different look.  For a full tutorial on this wreath, or any of its other looks, click HERE.

diy fall wreath


I don’t really have much of an entryway, as my front door opens into a wall.  To bring a bit more light to the space, I’ve added an oversized mirror.  There’s also a bench to assist those guests that prefer to take their shoes off.  A simple wicker tray with more eucalyptus branches, pumpkins, and antlers completes the Fall look.

French farmhouse foyer decorated for Fall


The entryway is also where I currently keep my ever-growing vintage cane collection.  I have no idea why these canes appeal to me so much, but I love them!

French Farmhouse Foyer with Mirror and Bench Decorated for Fall


From here, let’s move into my dining room!

French Farmhouse Dining Room decorated for Fall


Here I’ve used a wooden box filled with flowers and eucalyptus to create a centerpiece that extends along the length of the table.  The table is set with a mix of pink Arcoroc and Limoges dishes, along with Moscow Mule mugs.

Fall dining room tablescape with copper accents


Even my dining chairs got a Fall update with this sweet vinyl decal from Stone Creek Wall Decals.

French linen dining chairs with monogram on back


Now, of course I don’t keep my dining table set and ready for guests at all times, so here’s a look at my everyday dining room decor.  Those Moscow Mule mugs have moved up to the wall-mounted cup rack and the fresh flowers have been replaced with a mix of pumpkins and dried hydrangea.  A large round vintage bread board helps to add a bit of “oomph” to the centerpiece, which would otherwise look a bit small on the table.

French farmhouse fall dining room


For more photos and details about my Fall dining room, please visit the full dining tour HERE!


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Now onto the last stop of our tour, my kitchen!

French farmhouse kitchen white cabinets and travertine tiles


My 3-tiered tray from Mothology is a staple in my kitchen.  For Fall, it’s decked out with eucalyptus and copper accents.

3 tier wooden tray decorated for Fall with copper and eucalyptus French farmhouse style

Farmhouse tray decorated for fall with eucalyptus and copper accents


And for the first time ever, our pear tree produced quite a crop this year!

French farmhouse fall kitchen vignette


More green, white, and copper accents sit beside the sink and I like that the eucalyptus adds an organic texture that breaks up the lines of the cabinets and tile.

Farmhouse kitchen sink decorated for fall


Wooden utensils are corralled in a white pitcher, which give me the perfect excuse to display my grandma’s rolling pin.

Farmhouse kitchen wooden utensil display vignette


And that’s my  Fall kitchen tour!  Simple and organic and in keeping with the style of the kitchen.

French farmhouse kitchen decorated for fall


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Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to head over to visit April at House by Hoff to tour her beautiful dining room!





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Tidbits&Twine Fall Home Tour 2017

2017 Fall Dining Room Tour

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As you might know, this week I’m participating in the Fall 2017 Home Tour along with 29 other bloggers.  My full home tour will be live on Friday, but today, I wanted to kick off my home tour with a look at my dining room in order to give you some ideas and inspiration for non-traditional Fall decorating!



This year for my Fall dining room tablescape, I had my heart set on copper Moscow Mule mugs.  I have no idea why but it just seemed like a beautiful element for a Fall tablescape and one I hadn’t used before!  From there, I decided I needed other shades of pink, contrasted with the silvery sage of seeded Eucalyptus leaves.  And so, my plan for the Fall dining room slowly came together.


For those of you that have been readers for a while, you might notice a few minor changes in this room.  At one time, I added crystals to my chandelier to give it more of a French look.  Not long ago, I decided to swap out the crystals for beads in order to give it more of a Farmhouse look {in keeping with the current trend.  More on trends HERE.}  I also swapped out my Target rug for this one from HomeGoods, which is almost the same except that it has more of a gray-blue instead of a green-blue.


Lastly, I changed out the design on the backs of my chairs to this design with the letter “M’ for our last name.  These decals were purchased from Stone Creek Wall Decals and were an inexpensive and easy way to change the look of the chairs!


Now, back to the tablescape. I started with the most wonderful white, ruffled linen tablecloth from Miss Hettie.  From there, I used a simple wooden box to hold a vase full of roses, hydrangea, lilies, and eucalyptus, along with some faux white pumpkins and extra beads leftover from the chandelier project.  I used several branches of eucalyptus along the table to act as a table runner, mixed in with more pumpkins and some copper-colored votive holders.


I purchased a set of four Limoges plates from Rosebuds Originals on Etsy and then decided that they’d look beautiful with some pink Arcoroc accessories.   I purchased the Pink Swirl plates from Behind the Moon Antiques and layered everything on top of white and gold dinner plates that I already owned, along with my Maxfield flatware.


Some Pink Swirl Arcoroc wine glasses from Diane’s Stuff for You were the perfect finishing touch!


I didn’t do much inside the hutch, but I did add a few pumpkins and some eucalyptus.


Now, I obviously don’t keep the table set like this for everyday use, so Friday, I’ll also be sharing a look at what I did with the table once the place settings were removed and the flowers had died.


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If you like this look or any of the products I’ve used in my dining room, now there’s an easy way to shop!  Simply click on any of the images below for direct links to the retailers.





Coming up this Friday is a tour of my entryway and kitchen!  Stay tuned!