When it comes to fall decor, there is no need to stress! Bring simple touches of autumn to your home with these easy fall kitchen decor ideas.
I don’t know about you, but with four kids, homeschooling, a design business, and this blog (not to mention my husband and church and friends, all of which are very dear to me!), I don’t feel like I have a lot of extra time on my hands to dream up and implement fall kitchen decor. Or any fall decor for that matter. And I bet I’m not alone.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the fall decorating process, I just don’t always get a chance to indulge in it. And since we just finished this kitchen in April (and didn’t actually finish the construction on the rest of the home until June), I actually had no desire to “redecorate” the space. But I do love fall. Like love fall… so I brought out my favorite uncomplicated ways to bring a touch of autumn feel to the space.
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5 simple ways to add fall decor to your kitchen
I love white pumpkins and fall gourds and all sorts of more dramatic fall decorating ideas, but fall decor doesn’t always have to involve quite so much stuff. Check out these super simple ideas for adding just a subtle touch of fall to your space.
A simple seasonal wreath
I wouldn’t consider myself a super traditional seasonal wreath kind of gal, but a simple, classy fall wreath can go a long way. Give it a strong focal point. Center it above your vent hood or over your sink or above your fireplace – just a touch of seasonal color to refocus the space. And a simple tip: three of anything, even if they are small, will feel much more substantial. So I chose a warm yellow wreath to draw out the fall colored orangey yellows in my vintage rug and then placed a small amber bottle on the island. Those three tiny touches work together to make super simple fall decor feel more dramatic.
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A fall scented candle
Scent is the best trigger of memory, don’t you think? It could be over 100 degrees outside (which, unfortunately, it happens to be still here in central Texas), but give me some pumpkin spice or some cinnamon and wood smoke, and I’m instantly transported to crisp fall air and crunchy autumn leaves. I just happened upon these the other day and fell in love with both the scents and the jars.
A touch of fall foliage
Not many leaves actually turn down here in Texas, and the ones that do usually wait until about Christmas time – ha! So it’s faux fall foliage for me, usually… but faux or real, a branch of leaves or berries adds a touch of the harvest feel to any space.
I actually have had a white pitcher with faux olive branches sitting on the island for months now, so I just swapped the pitcher for a creamier vase with a little more texture (one I already had displayed on our open shelving in the dining room) and added a couple of these berry stems to the mix for a warmer fall look. Which brings me to two more simple fall decorating tips: just use what you already have, and choose creamier whites for a warmer fall/winter look.
And speaking of using what you already have, I further accented the vase of leaves and berries by echoing it with a simple faux olive tree in a crock on the dining table that I stole from the bench in the living room. The living room has decided to forgive me already. 😉
A convenient cup of tea
Though I confess to being a regular coffee drinker year round, fall is the time to celebrate those warm drinks. Suddenly, tea cups, hot chocolate bars, coffee stations, and all manner or warm drink accessories become the perfect practical decoration. I love my copper tea pot right on the stove for a quick cup of tea, and a stash of coffee cups on the dining room bar helps set the mood, too.
Though pumpkins won’t appear for several more weeks in these parts (like I said, it’s still over 100 outside!), there’s no better time to enjoy any fruits of the harvest. My family eats apples like they’re going out of style, so it’s an easy one for me to keep washed and on display. Whatever is in season where you are – especially if your family will eat it – let it add that simple, easy seasonal touch to your kitchen counters.
In short, I don’t think it has to be complicated, expensive, or time consuming to bring a little autumn cheer into your space. And one more small tip: it helps if you have less stuff in general (something I’m telling myself more and more often as I purge the closets in my home). When you have a more minimalist approach, small changes can make a bigger impact.
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More Fall Decorating Ideas
I’m so pleased to join with some very talented bloggers and designers to share more fall kitchen decor. So grab a cup of your favorite fall beverage and go take a look below! A special thanks to Kristen of Ella Claire Inspired for coordinating the tour. Don’t forget to pin this for later.