Autumn is right around the corner and as we wave goodbye to summer, we can start thinking about how to decorate our homes for fall. These tips from top agents can help take your summertime oasis into a cozy autumnal haven.
1. Unique pumpkins
Pumpkins (not just Jack O’ Lanterns) are synonymous when we think about fall. The best part of using pumpkins as props to enhance your home’s fall curb appeal is that they don’t have to be just orange! You could use fall colors (yellows, reds, and warm shades of brown), patterns (leaf patterns are fun), or even paint your house numbers on them.
2. Festive wreaths
A wreath can be hung on the front door, but you can also hang small wreaths on the windows or a bare spot on the wall near the front door. These wreaths can be made up of leaves, pinecones, acorns, and even colored corncobs. You also have the option of making these yourself with things you’ve found around the yard, you could use artificial items, or you can even buy one pre-made.
3. Crafty mobiles
Much like the wreaths, you can add a bit of whimsy to the front porch by making and hanging mobiles around the house. You can also hang these on the front porch, the back deck, or even under a gazebo or trellis.
4. Tartan pillows
Tartan outdoor pillows can turn any old patio furniture set into a cozy spot where you can enjoy some coffee and watch folks get on about their mornings. Heck, you can even use tartan throw blankets if you have a screened-in porch for that extra oomph!
5. Plant fall flowers
A simple way to add color to your yard this fall – and every fall after – is to plant annual fall flowers. Usually, people will plant mums, but there are a bunch of other beautiful flower options. Sunflowers, dahlias, cosmos, and pansies are just a few options. We recommend looking up what fall flowers grow native to your area for the best results.
6. Dress up containers
Milk cans, wicker baskets, wood crates, and rustic planters can be dressed up with the flowers in our previous tip, but you can think outside of the box (no pun intended) and create DIY topiaries with things you found around the yard. You can use tree limbs, tufts of wheat, pumpkins, pinecones, and more!
7. Lanterns on the patio
Sure, lanterns can be used year-round to give your porch or walkways that extra touch, but we particularly like to use them around autumn. By switching out the stark white bulbs with flicker flame bulbs to achieve a warm glow.
8. Corn husks and hay bales
You’ll normally see hay bales and corn husks used around Halloween, but they’re also perfect for the entire season! For example, you can dress up pillars or columns on a porch or patio with bunches of corn stalks (bonus points for corn stalks with colored corn in them!). Another example is to create a fall-inspired display using hay bales, pumpkins, and a scarecrow for an added touch. Don’t forget a spotlight so you can show off your creative touch.
9. Firewood or logs
If you have a fireplace or woodstove, you probably already have some wood near the door so that it’s easy to get and stays dry. Instead of just leaving it in a pile, you could use a firewood rack for organization and as a decorative piece.
10. Wicker furniture
If you don’t have patio furniture, now’s a good time to invest in some – particularly wicker furniture. Natural wicker (not the wicker that’s been painted white) adds warmth to any space and makes folks want to sit for a spell and catch up with the homeowner.
Fall decor turns your home into a cozy haven
Decorating the exterior of your home is a fantastic way to boost curb appeal! If you’re thinking about selling your home, fall decor can attract buyers. While it may not boost your home’s value (you can use a home value estimator to get a ballpark idea of your property’s value), when they see a property with nice curb appeal, they’ll be interested in seeing the inside.