Fall Home Decorating Ideas That Are Easy on the Wallet

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 decorating my home for fall. I’ve ordered a few new pieces that should be arriving in the next day or two, so wanted to share those with all of you, as well as some other fall home decorating ideas. The best part? All of the items featured in this post are under $50, with most being $40 or under! 

Our home has a coastal look year-round so I don’t go crazy with 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 navy blue, and I typically introduce some warmer gold accent pieces. You’ll see a lot of these decor choices reflected in my fall decor round-up below.

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I typically transition my home over to fall gradually, as the weather cools and I’m guessing the same holds true for many of you in warmer clients. Here in New England, we’ll still see temperatures in the 70’s/low 80s in September (but cooler temps at night), so I start to tuck away a few really summery decor pieces and introduce a few fall items such as candles, a front door wreath and some dried flowers. Come late September or early October, I’ll switch out my pillows, throw blankets, add some pumpkins, etc. 

I thought it would be helpful to share some fall home decor pieces that have caught my eye in the last couple of weeks, by category. When shopping for my own home, I always try to select pieces that transition well to other seasons so that I’m not having to buy new decor each season, or store it. I love using navy in the fall, as it also works well at Christmastime, and of course across all seasons!

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. Target has a number of reasonably priced pillows – and many even include a zippered cover so that you can swap in your favorite inserts. I love a down insert, which gives a pillow a more expensive look. I always order these feature inserts from Amazon – always remember to size up one size on the insert for that fuller look (so for a 20″ pillow cover, order a 22″ insert)!

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, I was thrilled to see that Target bought back their woven pumpkins, which were probably my favorite fall decor purchase last year! Let’s face it – orange pumpkins don’t exactly feel coastal, but now with so many woven, white and blue pumpkins us coastal lovers can now have our cake and eat it too!

Here’s a couple of ways that I styled the woven pumpkins in my home last fall (sorry, the little blue pumpkin is no longer available).

I styled the Corn Husk and Raffia Pumpkins on a tray with the Wood Bead Garland linked in the Tray & Tray Decor section below.
I styled the Corn Husk and Raffia Pumpkins on a tray with the Wood Bead Garland linked in the Coffee Table Decor section below.
I mixed the White Artificial Pumpkins with a Raffia Pumpkin, as well as a few others in my pumpkin collection from last year.
I mixed the White Artificial Pumpkins with a Raffia Pumpkin, as well as a few others in my pumpkin collection from last year.

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 of course I love that they are at a reasonable price point. This makes me feel far less guilty buying another throw that I don’t necessarily “need” but that adds an extra seasonal touch. 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. 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 shelves. 

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, and just update the filler as each season arrives! 

Coffee Table Decor

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 so 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 navy and 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.  

Of course no coffee table is complete with at least one candle, and I’ve sourced some fall candles below, at a range of price points. 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 pretty set of white marble or woven coasters are of course useful, and you can never go wrong with adding a small vase of fresh or dried flowers.   

Wreaths

I’ll be honest in that an authentic looking, high-quality wreath under $50 can be challenging to find (why are they so darn expensive?!), but I’ve found a few good options here. I always love a simple wheat or pampas grass wreath on the front door to transition from late summer into fall, and that way you can use planters with mums to add a bit of fall color.


I hope you enjoyed these fall home decorating ideas that are all under $50, and I’ll be sure to share more as we get into the season. 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 and sprinkle them into my Friday Favorites, which I post on Instagram and Facebook each Friday.

XO,

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12 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! 🙂

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