My favorite Fall decor essentials that bring autumnal charm into your home. From cozy textiles to rustic accents, here is how to elevate your seasonal styling effortlessly.

It’s that time of the year when cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes make a grand entrance. But why let the outside world have all the fun? It’s the perfect time to transform your living spaces into cozy, inviting abodes that capture the essence of Fall. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll share my six Fall decor essentials that can elevate your home decor to a whole new level of warmth and charm.

black french urn holding dried green hydrangeas with small pumpkins at base

Today, we’re talking about throws that make you want to snuggle, ambient lighting that sets the perfect mood for those pumpkin spice latte evenings, and oh-so-charming pumpkins that practically scream “Fall is here.” So, grab your favorite blanket, pour a cup of apple cider, and let’s get ready to deck the halls for autumn!

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I’ve been busy decorating for Fall and realized that I have some Fall items that I love more than others. There are a few things that I consistently use in my Fall decorating. And those are my personal favorites… So today I’m sharing my favorite items to use in Fall decorating.

Admittedly, I have more Fall decor than I probably should or even need! As such, I don’t pull out every item to use each year. Some Fall decor ends up in a rotation where I sometimes use it and sometimes don’t.

side table with french urn full of hydrangea and fall fireplace in background

My Fall Decorating Process

My Fall decorating process always starts with me clearing the decks. I take everything that looks too Summer/Spring out of the room. I also remove anything that I’m just ready to put away and everything gets put into a big pile that I’ll later need to put away.

From there, I can see how much space I’m working with and can get a sense of what Fall items I want to bring in for the season. I have a few tubs of Fall decor and I’ll start rummaging through and picking out what I want to use. And this is where the fun begins!

wooden dough bowl full of small white pumpkins and an antler with orange pumpkin and dried hydrangea in background

My Six Fall Decor Essentials

Not all of the Fall decor I own makes it out every year. Sometimes, I have to pick and choose because of space limitations and sometimes it’s just because it might not represent the aesthetic I’m going for in a particular year!

But there are a few things that I consistently use in my Fall decorating. And those are my personal favorites… So today I’m sharing my favorite items to use in Fall decorating.

You know, the ones that I always use in my Fall decorating. So here are my six Fall decor essentials, plus an extra three that almost always make the cut.

dining room set for Fall with green and white flower arrangement centerpiece with white pumpkin vase filler

1. Pillows & Throws

There’s something inherently comforting about a well-adorned sofa or chair, especially during the Fall season. Pillows and throws are quintessential Fall decor essentials that combine comfort with style, enhancing the coziness of your living space.

With the backdrop of a neutral sofa, you can instantly change the look and feel of your space by switching out your pillows and throws. And I love Fall pillows!!!

Let me clarify, I don’t love Fall-themed pillows. I find these to be a bit kitschy and are more of a theme versus a style. Plus, who wants a pillow they can only use for a couple of months and then have to store?

Not me.

beige textured linen pillow in front of blue and terracotta patterned pillow on white slipcovered sofa in fall family room

Instead, look for pillows and throws whose color or texture represents a Fall feel. And keep in mind that Fall colors don’t have to be the traditional reds and yellows. You can also choose the more muted counterparts if that fits better with your style.

In terms of textures, when it comes to Fall, think cozy. When choosing your Fall pillows and throws, look for a variety of textures such as leather, knit, velvet, faux fur, etc.

Pillow Combinations

Mixing and matching pillows with different textures and patterns can create a visually appealing ensemble. Pair solid-colored pillows with patterned ones for a delightful contrast, or stick to a single color family for a cohesive look.

You can also mix up the size combinations for your pillows!

You can get more ideas in my Guide to Perfect Fall Pillow Combinations.

sofa styled with green fall pillows and knit throw and coffee table in front holding bowl of white pumpkins

Throw Styling

You can drape throws casually over the back of a sofa or neatly fold them at the arm of a chair to add a touch of coziness.

I’ve previously outlined 8 Stylish Ways to Style a Throw for an effortlessly chic look.

pinterest image showing four images and text that reads how to style a throw

2. Fall Foliage

I always, always love using Fall foliage in the room. The organic element is absolutely essential in my opinion!

kitchen counter with fall vignette of white green and copper flowers in white pitcher on antique bread board with white pumpkins and apples

Hydrangeas are probably my go-to because I’m able to pick them from my yard. And I’d love to clip some branches that showcase the wonderful colors of Fall, but nothing in my yard actually changes color….

metal urn holding a dried hydrangeas in various colors and a small ironstone bowl of acorns at the base

I also use dried grasses quite a bit, either as wheat bundles or individual picks.

fall coffee table centerpiece with brass candlestick, small terracotta pots, green pumpkin and vase with grasses and fireplace in background

I also love eucalyptus stems and olive branches because both have a soft silvery green color perfect for Fall. I tend to use them with other flowers in a vase or as base for other elements, but you could do an entire arrangement of just eucalyptus or olive!

Black vintage cabinet decoratively styled with antique books dried hydrangea and ironstone

3. Pumpkins

It should probably come as no surprise that I love incorporating pumpkins in my Fall decor. But not orange pumpkins. I don’t like orange. Sorry, not sorry!

Now terracotta pumpkins are okay for me…

terracotta sage and white pumpkins on a console table with books and eucalyptus

I prefer heirloom and fairytale pumpkins, which are paler and more muted in their coloring. And I love any and every white pumpkin!

fall green and white flower arrangement with white pumpkins vase filler and white pumpkins and blue napkins next to vase

Of course, I decorate in September and I don’t know about where you live, but in my home in California, good luck finding a pumpkin in early September!

So in recent years, I’ve started incorporating some fake pumpkins into my home. Thankfully, there are some really great decorative and realistic options nowadays!

4. Wood Elements

I’d probably be lying if I didn’t admit that I pretty much always have wood elements in my home, but you can pretty much guarantee that I’ll have a dough bowl out in Fall!

dough bowl centerpiece with white pumpkins and magnolia flowers with blue ruffle napkins and utensiles at base of bowl

Other options for wood include vintage bread boards, bread paddles, wooden cooking utensils, Scrabble tiles, paper, and more. The texture of wood helps to really bring in the Fall feel.

side table vignette with bust statue, vintage jar with scrabble tiles, wooden shoe form and fall mantel in background

5. Fall Art

Changing your art is an easy way to showcase the season! I often find and print my own art and frame it so that I can easily swap the images depending on my mood or the season.

blue french dresser with lamp, pumpkins, hydrangea and Fall art on top

And of course, my Frame TV is my biggest art piece of all! You can easily change the image to suit your mood. You can purchase images online or you can download my FREE selection in my Exclusive Content.

6. Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting plays a vital role in setting the mood and creating a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home. During fall, when natural daylight diminishes earlier, lighting becomes even more essential.

coffee table centerpiece with green pumpkin, brass candlestick, terracotta pots, acorns and grass stems

Warm-Toned Bulbs

Opt for warm-toned light bulbs in your lamps and overhead fixtures. These mimic the cozy glow of candlelight and enhance the autumn ambiance.


Candles are an excellent way to infuse a cozy vibe into your space. Arrange them on tables, mantels, or in lanterns to create a flickering, warm glow that epitomizes fall evenings.

elegant fall tablescape with blue velvet pumpkins, brass candlesticks, white pumpkins and burgandy flowers

Fall Decor That Almost Makes the List

There are three more items that almost always make my list because they are perfect for Fall but can also be used year-round (Win! Win!)

1. Baskets

What’s not to love about a good basket? They’re great for decorative storage but also are an easy way to add texture reminiscent of Fall.

harvest basket full of green apples on kitchen table with white hydrangeas in a pitcher in the background with a collection of breadboards in the corner

2. Lanterns

I’ve already written that I love both wood elements and candles so it’s not a stretch to realize that I love lanterns, too! They have a cozy vibe and I think they’re quite versatile! They look good with standalone candles, it’s also fun to add filler around the base like seasonal berries, leaves, etc. Of course, don’t use filler if you’re using a traditional candle for fire reasons, but battery-operated or solar candles are fine.

side table styled with wooden lantern old books brass candlesticks and wheat for fall

You can also skip the candles and fill a lantern with pumpkins for a whimsical look!

side table vignette with wooden lantern full of white pumpkins, wheat bundle, and pumpkins next to wingback bergere chair

3. Antlers

This might seem like a strange one and admittedly, I never thought I’d love an antler, but here we are! I first came across these at an antique fair during the Fall and there were baskets and baskets available. Suddenly, the texture and shape really appealed to me!

black french cabinet decorated for fall with antique books trophies and dried hydrangea

I really only put these on display during Fall but they are fun!

top down view of dried green hydrangeas in an urn with antlers and white pumpkins on top and bottom on industrial table top


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One Comment

  1. Teddee Grace says:

    So many lovely ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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