I’m decorating with neutrals this fall.
Please act shocked.
But here’s the thing—just when you think you might have me, myself and my fall decorating figured out? I’m throwing a curveball.
This is a new house and a new fall and so I’m changing it up a little. The back of the house—the kitchen, the living room, the staircase, the office, the laundry room—will be all neutral all the time.
But the front of the house? The living room and the dining room?
I’m decorating those in brilliant blues and reds and autumn orange.
Party in the front.
Business in the back.
My house is officially a reverse fall mullet.
I’m in the middle of decorating and I’m showing off all the fall next week.
So today is all about where I got my inspiration.
Some of it came from Joanna Gaines and Pinterest and the pumpkin patch and the leaves outside my window and this Nashville showhouse that I photographed a while back.
Here are my favorite neutral decorating ideas for fall.
1. Eucalypus, eucalyptus, eucalyptus
I bought mine at Trader Joe’s. They have an awesome daily stockage of greenery. I love this idea from the showhouse of placing Eucalyptus in an urn and stacking flat white pumpkins on top. My plan is to use fresh eucalyptus and let it dry in place.
Urn + pumpkins + eucalyptus is such an easy formula and looks so fresh.
(total fall aside: Walmart brought it last year with the pumpkins and had tons of flat white pumpkins like these in different sizes. Check your produce section this year for a hopeful repeat.)
One quick note—if you look closely, you can see they added a few branches and some berry plants for texture.
Easy centerpiece idea
Hello easy centerpiece nice to meet you.
Start with an oversized bowl. I’m using a wood one. Fill with more greens from Trader Joe’s.
Plop the pumpkin the middle.
(total fall aside: make sure to turn your pumpkin slightly askew. That’s what makes this so cute.)
Don’t overthink the place setting
We can all do this.
Stack your place setting. Repeat after me.
Plate, plate, bowl.
Put a pumpkin the bowl.
Fill a wood container with pumpkins
Love the simplicity of the kitchen table centerpiece.
Just an oversized wood container filled with pumpkins and greenery.
(total aside: this has nothing to do with fall decorating—but SERIOUSLY?
The detail on these stools?
This would be so easy to create with drop cloth, too.)
decorate with your fruits and vegetables
This is the time of year all the fall fruits and vegetables arrive and put on a show.
Take a simple wire basket and fill it up with the harvest.
If you don’t have a chalkboard sliding door with a cow chalked on it, no worries.
Place the basket on a stool or a bench or a table or a countertop.
If you fill it, fall will come.
I love the idea of adding a little fall texture with grapevine.
You can buy it bundled up at Hobby Lobby in the wreath aisle.
Bring it home and unbundle it and tuck it here and there.
It works through fall and Christmas and winter.
Just keep it tucked until spring.
simple fall garland mantel
This mantel is brilliant in its simplicity.
You know how you buy that garland that you fall in love with at the store and then you bring it home and have no idea what to do with it.
Here’s your answer.
Just drape it over the mantel.
You don’t even have to loop it.
Just drape and go.
Sometimes fall isn’t about putting pumpkins everywhere.
Sometimes fall is about changing the colors.
This bedroom is the perfect example. Brown layered with gray layered with tan layered with greige.
Layered with that ceiling.
Here’s to neutrals everywhere.
Whites and greiges and browns and tans and grays of the world take a bow.
This is your season.
PS But just wait until tomorrow. It’s all about fall and all it’s colors.
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