Gray Living Room with Simple Fall Decor
This gray living room transitions perfectly for fall with just a few simple fall decor changes. Find out how to decorate for fall in mere minutes with these easy fall decorating ideas!
Our gray living room (which we just redid this past spring) was so incredibly easy to transition to fall. In fact – true confessions of a blogger here, y’all – with the launch of my photography course just last week I completely forgot about this upcoming tour… So in less than one hour (between putting the baby down for a nap and running out the door to run carpool), I spruced up this space for fall and photographed it for you all.
When the big kids got home, my four year old walked into the family room and said, “Mommy! You did this all for us?!?!?!” Naturally, I decided to let the illusion stand. 😉
But in addition to decorating for my kids, I’m honored to be joining my sweet friend Krista from The Happy Housie and so many other hard-working and talented bloggers for this fun Seasonal Simplicity tour. If you are visiting from Jenna Kate at Home, welcome! I had the privilege of meeting her at Haven this past summer, and she is the cutest!!! Be sure to check out all the beautiful inspiration and fun fall decorating ideas at the end of the post, too!
Simple Fall Decor Ideas:
I managed this fall refresh in about 15 minutes (because the other 45 had to be reserved to photograph it for you 😉 ) in five simple ways:
- Pillow covers
- Throw blankets
- Seasonal art
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Change out pillow covers
I actually bought these velvet pillow covers from H&M (love their pillow covers, by the way!) as well as the gray ones (which are unfortunately not available any more) back in the spring when they were all on sale, so they were sitting in a trunk ready to go.
I went with navy and darker gray (to replace the whites and light gray I had over the spring and summer). The darker colors just seemed appropriate for fall and – as un-glamorous as it may be – they match the high chair I’m using in the kitchen right now (hello, reality! 😉 ).
Swapping out pillow covers is about the easiest seasonal touch ever, and since they fold up nice as small, they don’t require much storage space (win!). Here are a few more fun, inexpensive fall-ish pillow covers I love. (Psst… seriously, some of these are less than $6!!):
Swap out throw blankets
I love using Turkish towels as lightweight throws for spring and summer, but swapping lightweight throws for beautiful knit blankets like this gray wool one I made adds a touch of cozy for the coming cooler weather.
Add some plaid
Plaid always feels like fall to me. Even in non-traditional colors, it helps welcome in the season. I found this one in the dollar spot at Target a few years ago, but any plaid blanket, throw, or scarf will work.
Bring in seasonal art (like a free printable!)
Seasonal art sounds rather excessive, doesn’t it?
But truly, with the number of gorgeous free printables available these days, you can have seasonable art at totally affordable prices. I created this velvet pumpkin wall art this year (which you can find here along with 30 other free fall printables) or you can subscribe to my newsletter to gain access to my printable library with more fall art options.
Throw in a pumpkin
You can never go wrong adding a pumpkin. Even if you’re not a bright orange kind of gal or you don’t want to mess with live ones, a small pumpkin or two on a shelf or mantel can go a long way. I just added a couple little velvet ones to my shelves above the tv, replacing some greenery that felt more summery.
You know me and texture… 😉 I love texture year round, but fall offers more options: a fur stool, a woven plaid throw, a wool knit blanket, velvet pumpkins, and a woven basket all add cozy warmth to the space.
So what do you think? Can I challenge you to a 15 minute refresh of one of your spaces? Who knows, maybe your kids will feel as special as mine did?!
Now be sure to head over to visit my sweet friend Jen at House of Wood. I know you’ll love her creativity and home!
SHOP THE LOOK:
armchair: Homegoods | sectional | ottoman | side table – DIY
And don’t forget to visit the other ladies sharing their fall spaces throughout the week!
Sharing with me today are…
The Happy Housie // Jenna Kate at Home // Maison de Pax // The House of Wood
Love Create Celebrate // Inspiration for Moms // In My Own Style
Sharing the rest of this week…
Town and Country Living // Designthusiasm // Sincerely, Marie Designs // Nina Hendrick Design Co.
Just Destiny // The DIY Mommy // Place of My Taste
Home Made Lovely // The Turquoise Home // Satori Design for Living // Taryn Whiteaker
On Sutton Place // Paint Me Pink // Clean and Scentsible
Finding Silver Pennies // Rooms FOR Rent // Willow Street Interiors // Deeply Southern Home
Maison de Cinq // Craftberry Bush // Amber Tysl // Summer Adams
Just a Girl and Her Blog // Life on Virginia Street // Modern Glam // Grace Gathered Home
Hallstrom Home // So Much Better With Age // Rambling Renovators
SO gorgeous my friend. I always feel like I’m right there in your home with you… and I love how simple and crisp it feels but totally cozy and welcoming for fall. Clutter free! Beautiful, so glad you could be on this tour:)
Thank you so much for inviting me, Krista!
Amazing as always, Rachel! I think a lot of us are going for a simpler vibe this fall which is awesome! I’m wondering if that means we will all go overboard for Christmas, though!?! LOL
Haha- maybe, just maybe, Jenna!
It’s the little things that make all the difference. Love these tips rounded up together!
Thank you! It really is in the simple things…
Just beautiful, Rachel! You’d never know you pulled this off in such a short time! And my kids always get super excited when I change the house up too. So sweet!
Thank you Laura! I am always surprised how much they notice!
The simplicity of your living room is perfect and just the perfect amount of that Fall touch! I love the work you do.Happy Fall!
Thank you so much for your kind comment, Rhonda!
Yup! Simple is best!
Ha! Yes! Thanks for stopping by Shannon!
The gray color really suits in your home. And the simplicity of your house is just amazing. Everything looks so perfect and beautiful.
Thank you, Esabel!
Thank you for being amazing and thank you for sharing. Rachel. your sweet heart speaks through your decor.
What a kind comment! Thank you, Ivana.
Thanks for your post
You are welcome!
Love your home and colors, I’m trying to decide between agreeable grey and white duck, I’m wanting a warm feel , but that requires changing everything, I’m a decorators nightmare lol, hodgepodge of every! We have an open floor plan where rooms run into each other, my cabinets are a medium hickory, not the honey oak look, but more of a reddish brown look, and my husband say no to painting them, but I could paint the bathroom cabinets. Would agreeable grey go with dark brown leather furniture and how would you pair it with other furniture? I’m needing so much help!
I understand, Rhonda… I like to mix things together, too! I think Agreeable Gray and White Duck would both look lovely. We actually had a brown leather sofa with AG walls for many years (you can see it here). But the hickory cabinets might be similar to our Alder cabinets at the ranch, and I love our warm white walls there (see that look here). Either way, I encourage you to try samples of each before you commit – check them out at different times of day and in different rooms to get a feel for how they work with what you have. I hope this helps!
Can I ask what color your sectional is in these photos. It looks light blue, but I could be grey?
We painted our living room AG last summer, anticipating updating our furniture later. We guessed at the time that we’d go with beige or grey furniture, but we’re now thinking about this couch, which a neighbor is selling. We’re intrigued by the prospect of a light blue couch, but I don’t know if we have the courage!
I looked for reassuring examples online and found your site.
Forgot to link the couch!
Our couch is a light gray (with cooler, blue undertones). I hope that helps.