5 Easy and Affordable Ways to Update Your Home Decor for Fall

Living room sofa set from Rent-a-Center

When the season changes from summer to fall, your home decor can change along with it, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or costly to make an update. We have the scoop on some of fall’s hottest home design trends — all of which are easy to incorporate into your existing decor and won’t break your piggy bank. Say goodbye to light and airy and get ready for warm and cozy, because winter is coming.

High Contrast
As the days grow shorter, it’s time to darken your color palette. This past spring saw lots of neutrals and whites. But this fall, incorporating a few darker hues will quickly put you in the mood to whip up some tasty pumpkin spice waffles for the family.

Try painting a room or an accent wall in a rich jewel tone like emerald or plum. Or add a few dark wood accent pieces throughout your home. Try a large bowl as a table centerpiece, hand-carved candle holders on an entryway table, or rustic picture frames on your living room wall.

If you really want to commit to the trend, you can paint the baseboards and molding a dark color, while leaving the walls a lighter neutral.

Gray kitchen cabinets with copper accents

Metallics
One of the best parts of fall is watching the leaves transform into a rainbow of colors. Even better, though, is bringing that unique blend into your home by using a variety of metallic shades — a trend that is still going strong.

Don’t be afraid to mix copper, brass, pewter, silver, and gold. A desk lampshade, bathroom soap dish, or cabinet pulls and handles are easy spots to add a little metallic glimmer. You could also reuse those copper mugs you got for your summer Moscow mules by hanging them on the kitchen wall for decoration and easy storage.

Geometric throw pillows

Retro
Fashions from the 1960s are all over the runways now, with white boots, simple cuts, and bright fabrics. And these same styles are showing up in home designs too. Think large, geometric patterns on wall hangings, pillow coverings (try your hand making your own), or dinner plates.

Also, velvet isn’t just for little girls’ holiday dresses anymore. The soft texture can be a great material for a chair or couch slipcover, a guest bedroom duvet cover, or a cushion on a wooden dining chair.

Couch and living room table with vases

Statement Pieces from Nature
Remember Mother Nature? She’s still got a hold on us. And autumn is a great time to embrace the outdoors. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and you can find beautiful scenery everywhere you turn.

Think about using materials from nature, such as marble (faux is affordable!), wood, or clay throughout your home. You could display a large marble or wooden coffee table tray, hang some natural wood pieces as coat rack hooks, store desk supplies or kitchen utensils in clay pots, or cover a pillow in a bold floral print.

If you want to create a fun craft for your kids, dry a few leaves, glue them to a piece of colored paper, and frame them. You can easily create a wall of fall family memories!

Living room set with rug

Oversized
As the temperatures cool down, it’s a great time to make your home feel cozy and inviting. And that’s the driving force behind this fun trend. Try throwing a chunky knit blanket on a guest room bed, tossing some large Euro pillows on your living room couch, or adding an oversized shade to a lamp.