The Very Best Coastal Fall Decor

This post was originally published on September 5, 2021 and updated on September 10, 2022

Whether you’re digging your heels in and fully enjoying those last few bits of summer or you’re already in full on fall mode, the official start of fall is just right around the corner! Here in New England we are so fortunate to have all four seasons, and fall is stunning. Cool, sunny days and the most beautiful foliage you will ever experience! With it now being September, I’m starting to put away my summer decor and think about my coastal fall decor.

Our home has a coastal look year-round so I typically stay away from traditional reds, oranges and yellows. I stick with my usual neutral palette, so when transitioning to fall I typically switch out my bright whites for creams and muted earthier colors. Some of my lighter blue pieces are swapped for grays and darker, dustier blues, and I typically introduce some warmer gold or brass accent pieces. I look for woven pieces with more texture and swap fresh flowers and greenery for dried palms and flowers, pampas grass and bunny tails. You’ll see a lot of these decor strategies reflected in my coastal fall decor round-up below!

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Coastal Fall Decor

Pillows

Swapping out throw pillows or pillow covers is always one of the easiest ways to change up the look of a room, and to add seasonal touches. For fall, I typically tuck away my white and light blue pillows. I then add pillows with darker, dustier blues or earth colors such as cream, beige, oatmeal, etc. Because I like to switch out my pillows by season, I opt for pillow covers when possible which take up far less space in storage. I personally love a feather insert, which gives a pillow a fuller, more luxe look than a polyester insert. I always order these feather inserts from Amazon. Just a little pro tip – size up one size on the insert for a fuller look (so for example, order a 22″ insert for a 20″ pillow cover)!

Pumpkins

Who doesn’t love a few pumpkins sprinkled throughout during the fall season? While I probably won’t pull mine out until a little later in September, the good ones do sell out! Orange pumpkins don’t lend themselves to coastal fall decor all that well. However, there are SO many woven, white and blue pumpkins available now! So us coastal lovers can now have our cake and eat it too!

I love using a variety of woven and white pumpkins throughout my home, especially within a fall tablescape!

Woven pumpkins in coastal fall tablescape
Photo Sources: Dining Table, Table Runner, Woven Pumpkin (similar), White pumpkins (real but linked this faux option), Hydrangeas (real but linked this real-touch faux option), Candle Holders, Taper Candles, Woven Placemats, Napkins, Plates, Silverware Set, Abstract Artwork

Throw Blankets

Throw blankets are a great way to add some texture to a room, which is always my number one tip for making a room feel more cozy. Texture, texture, texture! Throw blankets can sometimes be pricey but Target has some really soft throw blankets, and I love that they are at a reasonable price point. I especially love any throw blankets that have a chunky knit look to them.

Dried Flowers, Grasses, Stems & Vases

While this is true with all seasons, it feels especially important during the fall season to bring the beautiful natural elements of the outdoors into your home. Feathery dried grasses are especially popular this year, and of course nothing is more coastal than pampas grass or dried palms. To bring in some muted color, I love adding dried flowers to my home – whether it’s on an entryway table, dresser, coffee table or bathroom vanity. 

I love using dried wheat stems in my coastal fall decor
Photo Sources: Dried wheat, Similar Size White Vase, Rattan Side Table, Sunday Suppers, More Beautiful, Spindle Chairs (Bevin Natural fabric)

Bowls & Fillers

I absolutely love the look of a wood bowl with a simple decorative filler, such as this teak one that I have on my coffee table from Thatcher & Spring. You can use a number of different types of fillers, but in the fall I love to use a chunky strand of wood beads, dried artichokes or mini white pumpkins. Super easy, and once you have a great wooden bowl that you love you can use it every month of the year like I do. Just update the filler as each new season arrives! 

My coastal fall decor always includes wood bowls and a pretty bowl filler such as these dried palm artichokes!
Photo Sources: Wood Bowl, Similar Size Wood Bowl, Dried Palm Artichokes, Beads (similar), White

Coffee Table Decor & Accessories

In addition to a wood bowl with filler, there are a number of ways that you can switch up your coffee table decor for fall! Again, it’s all about creating a cozy, serene environment. That when you sit down at night to relax, your warm and restful environment triggers your brain to slow down and release the stresses of the day. While there’s no single “right” way to style a coffee table I almost always start with a tray, candles and coffee table books. 

On a rectangular or square coffee table, I love the look of a round tray to break up some of the hard lines and typically gravitate towards a square or rectangular tray on a round coffee table. I also like to change out some of my coffee table books for those with earthier colors. Think of these as little pieces of artwork! Stack a decorative knot, chain link or beads on top of a stack of two books to add a little texture and interest.  

No coffee table is complete with at least one candle, and I’ve sourced some fall candles below. I personally love a good pumpkin vanilla candle to get my home smelling warm and inviting! A gold wick trimmer or candle snuffer placed in the tray is also a nice touch, along with some pretty matches.

A set of white marble or woven coasters are of course useful. You can also never go wrong with adding a small vase of fresh or dried flowers.   

Dining

There’s nothing I love more than a dining table with pretty table linens and place settings. Woven chargers, navy or beige striped napkins, rattan napkin rings and a fresh table runner will make your dining space feel very seasonally appropriate!

Wreaths

I always love a simple wheat or pampas grass wreath on the front door to transition from late summer into fall. Then add some pretty planters with mums to your steps to add a bit of fall color.

Rugs & Doormats

I love adding a fresh doormat in the fall since I’m typically refreshing my wreath and planters as well.


Also, be sure to check out my curated collection of Coastal Fall Decor in my Amazon storefront! Almost everything includes free Prime shipping!

I hope you enjoyed this collection of my favorite coastal fall decor pieces! Also, make sure you’re following me on Instagram. I share tons of my favorite home decor pieces in my stories every single day, and have been sharing plenty of fall decor there already! Is there a certain item you’re on the hunt for? Let me know and I can include some options for you in my next round-up of fall decor favorites.

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14 Comments

  1. September 4, 2020 / 2:50 pm

    I love decorating my house for fall! I love all the pumpkins and fall colors. Great tips!

    • September 4, 2020 / 3:18 pm

      Same Kelsey! Autumn decor is just the best! 🙂

  2. September 4, 2020 / 3:02 pm

    Oh I love these fall decorating ideas! It’s getting me in the mood to get out the fall stuff, and of course add a few things!

    • September 4, 2020 / 3:17 pm

      I’m so glad Tina! I typically start decorating right after Labor Day and I can’t wait to put some of these new items out in my home! 🙂

  3. September 4, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    This is just perfect for fall. I love minimalistic,neutrals and soft looks for fall. I have to check them out.

    • September 4, 2020 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks Jessica! I love soft colors as well – they are always so calming!

  4. September 4, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    I LOVE the cute beads, and the vase with the dried wheat bundle in it! I live in an apartment now, but when I get a house, I want my house to have this type of decor all year long! Love it, and thank you for sharing 🙂

    • September 4, 2020 / 3:46 pm

      I’m so glad I could provide some inspiration Cassie! Aren’t the beads and wheat bundle so pretty?! I love this type of decor year round too – I think neutrals and soft colors are so calming!

  5. September 4, 2020 / 8:13 pm

    Beautiful decorations! I love decorating my house for fall!

    • September 4, 2020 / 9:00 pm

      Same Katrina! Fall always feels like a fresh start so I love changing things up in my home!

  6. September 4, 2020 / 8:33 pm

    I love all of your fall decorating finds. I am so ready for cooler weather and changing leaves.

    • September 4, 2020 / 9:02 pm

      Aww, thank you! I just love neutral fall decor. It can work in any home, regardless of style! I also can’t wait for cooler temps and beautiful foliage – as well as apples, cider donuts and pumpkins! 🙂

    • November 15, 2021 / 5:31 pm

      What a gorgeous mirror! So you’d potentially have three mirrors in a single room? As much as I love mirrors for the reasons you stated, I think three in one room would be too much – especially with decor hanging from all of them. I would mix in some artwork!

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