Fall is absolutely my favorite season, but I hadn’t really decorated for fall until the past couple of years.
I wanted to, but it seemed like a waste of money to buy a bunch of fall decorations that I couldn’t use year round. Even though I’ve always decorated for Christmas, somehow I couldn’t justify decorating for other seasons.
I’ve since changed my mind. I’ve found ways to quickly update our house to look ready for fall without spending a lot and then feeling guilty for it.
Here are my five affordable tips for decorating for fall:
1. Pick a color scheme to stay focused.
It seems like every color is a fall color these days – red, orange, yellow, green, white, cream, brown, black, gray, silver, gold … the list goes on forever!
Without a color scheme in mind, decorating for fall can be overwhelming. At first I felt like I didn’t know where to begin – and some of those colors aren’t even colors I like decorating with.
I didn’t want to decorate with a bunch of fall items that didn’t match the overall look of our house.
I wanted our house to have a cohesive look, so I stuck with green, white and orange for fall. I used some darker greens than I typically use in decorating, but it flows well with the everyday items we leave out year round.
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Orange is a color I only use for fall, but when it’s used here and there, it doesn’t stand out in a bad way.
The summer flowers seemed too, well, summery, so I updated the caddy for fall with some flowers I found at Michael’s. I love the mix of green, white and orange!
I wanted to keep this vase with the corks on the counter, so I swapped out the brighter green summery flowers for these dark green hydrangeas (on sale at Michael’s).
To give the lantern a fall look, I traded the white candle I had in there all spring and summer for this orange candle from TJ Maxx. For just $3, this lantern instantly looks updated for fall.
On our table, I replaced the green candles in these hurricane candleholders with colorful leaves and white pumpkins.
I love white pumpkins! They’re such a fun way to add pumpkins to a space without having orange everywhere.
3. Buy items you can use in multiple seasons.
I bought the wooden drink caddy for a summer centerpiece earlier this year, but I figured I could easily transition it for other seasons.
When I updated the flowers in the caddy, I wanted to go with fall colors. But I also thought about flowers I could use in seasons throughout the year.
The white and dark green will work for a Christmas-themed decor piece. I just have to swap out the orange flowers for some red. And to be honest, the white flowers will probably stay there all winter, too.
4. Shop post-holiday sales and buy cheap items.
I’m huge on this one. I often stalk Target and TJ Maxx as holidays get closer (items start to go on sale) and especially in the few days after a holiday when items are on mega-clearance, before stores take them off the shelf to make room for the next holiday.
The only bummer with shopping this way is sometimes you buy items you have to wait almost a year to use, but when you’re saving money, it’s worth it! I have some Christmas stuff I bought after Christmas last year that I can’t wait to display this year!
5. Use free items.
Apples aren’t technically free, but we buy them to eat every week anyway. So they’re not coming out of the decorating budget!
You guys may have noticed I have a thing for decorating with wine corks. Again, not technically free, but we drink wine anyway, so we just keep the corks to use for future projects. (And our neighbors keep them for me, too!)
We got flowers a while ago in this football dish. Of course I kept the football long after the flowers died, knowing I could find another use for it at some point.
It’s perfect as a candy dish.
I’m excited I found ways to decorate for fall without breaking the bank. You can see our full fall home tour here.
What are your affordable tips for decorating for fall?
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