How to Decorate For Fall Without Being Cheesy

published Sep 21, 2018
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Chunky sweaters, warm apple cider, and crisp, colorful leaves—what’s not to love about fall? Well, the decorations for starters.

Don’t get us wrong: We love autumn as much as the next person, but the season is often associated with really, really cheesy decor. We’re talking about inflated ghosts and goblins in the front yard, garland covered in fake leaves, and mugs, throw pillows, and coasters declaring one’s love for pumpkin spice lattes. For design enthusiasts, it’s a scarier sight than Frankenstein himself. Ugh.

But what if we told you it doesn’t have to be that way? Turns out there are plenty of fun, festive, and stylish options to choose from.

Read on for fall decor that’s anything but cheesy:

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With bewitching (get it?) notes of cedar, thyme, and patchouli, this candle smells like fall but isn’t as ubiquitous as, say, a pumpkin spice latte.

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Let’s face it: Nothing’s cheesier than adorning your mantle, staircase, and dining room table in a garland with bright, synthetic leaves. Terrain’s option is a pared-down—yet festive—alternative.

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Magnolia’s wreath adds a warm, welcoming flair to your front door, but doesn’t look like a leftover from last year’s Christmas decorations.

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Speaking of your front door, round out your entryway with First Impression’s contemporary doormat.

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Trade in your “Hello Fall” or “I Heart PSL” signs for ones of Sylvie Ceres’ sleek prints.

Throw pillows are an easy way to update any room, and this option will give your space a charming, rustic vibe.

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As far as we’re concerned, plaid is the unofficial pattern of fall. Pottery Barn’s table runner will pair nicely with all your flannel shirts.

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No, your home doesn’t have to be decked out in orange to look fall ready. Adding soft textures—like this chunky knit throw—will give your space a cozy, autumnal feel.

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Assigned seating never looked so good.

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While you’re at it, swap out your dish towel for this leafy green style.

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Of course, no home is complete without some pumpkins. These bakers are great for whipping up hearty sides, plus you can leave them out as decor when idle.