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Seasonal fall home decor ideas

As summer fades, we welcome fall with new home decor to match the season.

The vibrant pinks, blues and greens of summer have faded into deep, moody undertones of charcoal, chocolate, aubergine, rust and goldenrod. It’s fall – time to wrap your hands around that steaming, spicy cup of cider, breathe in that crisp, cool breeze and welcome the season not only into your heart but also into your home. Here’s how.

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1 White pumpkin fall centerpieces
Pumpkins are a staple of fall decorating, but not everyone embraces the onset of orange. Opt instead for white varieties like Baby Boo and Casper to pepper along the table and around the fireplace.

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2 Cinnamon and cider
Cinnamon and cider... over and over. It’s a favourite flavour of autumn (second only to pumpkin pie), so keep your best recipe on hand and serve it in simple Mason jar mugs updated for the season with a strip of burlap secured by a piece of yarn.

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3 Natural elements
Natural elements like wood accessories and wool in a simple unadorned arrangement are reflective of fall.

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4 Rough-edged table runner
This DIY rough-edged table runner is a great white tabletop accessory and is easy to make with a simple bolt of burlap and scissors. After measuring and marking the desired width of fabric at one end, make a small snip at each mark and hand-tear lengthwise in one strong, swift motion. Make sure the final length is four to six inches longer than your table on each end. Add texture by fraying the edges by hand.

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5 Candles
Dispersed in odd number groupings throughout your space, decorating with candles are a surefire way (pun intended!) to add warmth in aesthetic, in mood and, of course, in temperature.

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6 Fall fruits
Pears, pomegranates, persimmons and pumpkin decorations: Let fall’s fruitful bounty take centre stage in your seasonal decor.

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7 An elegant table with a natural look
Although fall lends itself to a natural look, you can still set an elegant tabletop. When paired with sparkly elements like glass and silver, rustic pieces like a burlap table runner, pure linen napkins, organic-shaped dishware and braided wicker napkin rings come together as a glamorous farmhouse-inspired tablescape.

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8 Wood and wicker baskets
The palette here may be pale, but the texture is vibrant. From the choppy rough-hewn wood to the intricately carved lamp base, the chunky woven wicker baskets to the fluffy hydrangeas and pompom mums, the layering and balance of materials mimic the diversity of nature.

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9 Wreaths
A new take on a traditional wreath, this one uses hundreds of dried leaves – punctuated with a few fresh green ones – for a tissue paper-like effect and is laid down, rather than hung, for a casual vignette.

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10 Subsituting for fresh-cut flowers
A glowing fire may be fall’s version of summer’s open windows, but don’t forget autumn’s answer to fresh-cut flowers: bunches of dried wheat and branches of berries gathered on a nature walk for an unfussy fall floral arrangement.

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11 Throw blankets
Cooler nights call for having warm wraps within easy reach, so stack favourite beautiful blankets in different patterns (but in the same palette) as a useful decorative accent. Cozying up to enjoy those last fleeting moments on the porch will always be just an arm’s length away.

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12 Cottage-feel family room
The family room has the feel of a Maine family cottage, with its tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling and chiselled fieldstone fireplace. Slipcovered furnishings in soft yellow, cranberry and sage continue the main-floor colour scheme.

Discover these fall design trends and how to use them in your home.

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