What 2021 Home Decor Trends Mean for Transitioning to Fall

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By Dikran Seferian October 12, 2021

As the summer comes to an end, the atmosphere around us begins to shift. The piercing sun gives way to light breezes and warmer colors take over vibrant ones. As autumn changes the elements outside your house, you may have to take a series of measures to align your home’s theme with the natural cycles. You don't need to carry out a full home remodel to achieve the aesthetic; with minor interior design transitions, you can place your living space on the same wavelength of the fall season. These transitional elements can involve miscellanies such as decorative pumpkins, warm-textured fabrics, wooden pieces, and patterned blankets. With the unique atmosphere that fall decor exudes — one that you can’t put into words — you’d wish the season would last forever.

Importance of Transitioning Your Home With the Seasons

We are consistently evolving with the seasons, and our homes reflect who we are. It simply makes sense to adapt your home to seasonal changes. If your lifestyle differs with the seasons, why shouldn’t your home’s interior follow suit? Changing elements of design to match the outdoor atmosphere allows you to be in tune with the cycles of the year. While you don’t absolutely have to redecorate every three or four months, you may eventually yearn for some change in scenery.

Pumpkins Galore

Making a Design Statement With Pumpkins

Making a Design Statement With Pumpkins

Who said pumpkins are only for Halloween? Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and even colors, pumpkins have the qualities to be formidable elements of interior design. While most pumpkins come in shades of orange, you may also find varieties in white, red, tan, and even blue. Consider white pumpkins for a subtle yet clear autumn tone. For a louder statement, you can go for the orange or tan varieties, with a complementary blue one.

Velvet Takeover

Choosing Materials that Colorfully Define Autumn

Choosing Materials that Colorfully Define Autumn

If there’s one material that resonates perfectly with the fall season, it would be velvet. While you don’t have to go overboard and change your entire upholstery, you can set the tone by switching your summer pillow covers with fall-colored velvet ones. Consider taking the fall theme a step further by swapping your summer drapery with velvet for added texture and elegance.

Cooking With Copper

Bringing Autumn Vibes to Your Kitchen with Copper

Bringing Autumn Vibes to Your Kitchen with Copper

To bring the fall mood to your cooking area, consider swapping your kitchenware display with copper ones. The natural color of this metal perfectly captures the autumn aesthetic. Adorn the shelves with copper tea kettles, copper pans, copper pots, and perhaps a vintage coffee grinder. Create a contrast of shiny and matte by displaying wooden cookware among the copper elements.

Bringing Still-life to Life 

Still-Life Can Give Life to Your Fall Table

Still-Life Can Give Life to Your Fall Table

You don’t have to be an 18th-century painter to create still-life decor. Since fall is the harvest season, consider celebrating it by setting up a fall table with decorative still-life visuals. You could place ornamental autumn flowers in a repurposed ceramic pitcher to serve as the centerpiece. Pair it with a small assortment of the season’s produce such as pumpkins and pomegranates, and maybe throw in a tiered tray.

New Season, New Colors

Autumn Colors to Warm Up Your Home Design

Autumn Colors to Warm Up Your Home Design

As the temperatures begin to drop, you’d probably be looking to warm your house up. While your heating system will take care of the actual warming process, you’d also want your home to look warm. That’s where the colors come in. Introducing warm colors like orange, red, rust, yellow, and burgundy will not only create a warm setting but would also match the natural theme of autumn. Moreover, adding undertones of gray, white, and blue would bring out an elegant contrast while resembling the gentle yet cold pre-winter breeze.

Taking Your Blankets to a New Level

Trending Elements of Fall Blankets

Trending Elements of Fall Blankets

One incredibly simple yet trending element of interior design you could make use of for your fall transition is the blanket ladder. It’s essentially a practical storage solution for your blankets, too. While a wooden blanket ladder can serve as a rustic design element for the fall season and beyond, you could make it season-specific by hanging some warm-colored plaid blankets on it.

Moody Lighting

Setting the Autumn Mood with Candles

Setting the Autumn Mood with Candles

With the advent of the fall season, the balance of day and night begins to shift. Autumn typically carries calm overtones and you could bring that ambiance to your interior by laying out some candelabra. Since mason jars have been trending in the food industry and beyond, you could make use of some as candle holders. Another form of lighting you could make use of is a set of string lights paired with a fall garland; they provide a lovely visual while serving as an additional source of light.

Play With Plaid

Plaid Patterns That Match the Autumn Theme Serve as Great Seasonal Decor

Plaid Patterns That Match the Autumn Theme Serve as Great Seasonal Decor

Plaid is the pattern to go for this season. Everything from plaid rugs to plaid blankets would give off an “autumny” feel to any room. You can find several unique varieties of this cozy pattern such as buffalo check, windowpane, madras, and tartan. To be cohesive with the interior design, consider a neutral palette with undertones of fall colors. A smart way to incorporate a plaid blanket is placing a folded one on a windowsill; the fall weather calls for an afternoon cup of tea, and what better place to have one than by the window while covered in your favorite plaid blanket?

Chunky Blankets

Comfort Solutions for the Colder Months Include Chunky Blankets

Comfort Solutions for the Colder Months Include Chunky Blankets

Another trending item that resonates well with the fall aura is the chunky blanket. Besides being divinely soft, chunky blankets have the irresistible aesthetic that one wouldn’t be able to get enough of  — and you don’t have to anytime soon because you can use these heavenly throw-overs for two whole seasons. You could lay your chunky coverings casually on your bed, on a sofa as a decorative item, or on blanket ladders. To complement otherwise warmer colors across the room, consider a soft color like beige for this blanket.

Mind the Mantel

Preparing Your Mantel for Fall

Preparing Your Mantel for Fall

A perfect way to greet pumpkin season is by adorning your mantel with elements of autumn decor. A fall wreath can go above the mantel, while ornamental pumpkins and candles sit on the rack. You can’t go wrong with a small sign that greets fall in the cutest way. For a more subtle transition, consider decorating your fall fireplace with dried foliage and maybe a handful of pine cones to hint at the theme.

Tiers and Tiers of Autumness

Exhibiting Your Autumn Decorations

Exhibiting Your Autumn Decorations

There's no such thing as too much fall decor. To display your surplus of autumn ornamentals and paraphernalia, consider a tiered tray. This recently popular element of interior decor is essentially a method of storage. However, you can also use it to exhibit your proud collection of faux pumpkins, candles, fall garlands, and anything else that alludes to autumn. Consider brightening up your tiers of autumn by running string lights along with the height of it. With a themed tiered tray, you'll never get tired of the fall season. A similar alternative would be a repurposed step ladder with wooden trays instead of rungs.

Written by
Dikran Seferian

Written by Dikran Seferian