Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for People Who Are Lukewarm on Halloween

published Oct 7, 2018
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When September hits, suddenly it’s a constant holiday push. The stores keep putting out seasonal decor earlier and earlier, and I for one don’t love turning over my whole home to Halloween decor each October. I’d much rather use general pieces that are “fall” and then just sprinkle in a bit of holiday themes here and there. One easy way to do that is with decorated pumpkins that don’t scream Halloween.

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All you need is a little paint and pattern on small, white pumpkins for incredibly modern and chic decor. We love these from Lovely Indeed.

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Are you guys over terrazzo or still all for it? I’m decidedly all on board after Mandy Moore’s home tour. Trying out trends on pumpkins is a low-commitment way to test if it’ll work in your home.

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The marbled indigo pops against these white pumpkins from Alice & Lois. You could try the same technique in purple or gray for a “smoky” effect.

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Another crazy popular trend for the year is rattan. Neutral in color but varied in pattern, rattan works extremely well across decor styles. I love how Marlene of Idle Hands Awake used green pumpkins to contrast the lighter rattan.

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The chalk finish with a mud cloth pattern makes a strong case for pale blue as a fall color.

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More cheer, less fear! How could you not smile back at these sparkly ghosts from I Heart Naptime?

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There is no rule that fall decor should only be dark and gloomy. Faith’s confetti pumpkin packs as much color in as possible with no-fuss tissue paper.

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Let your pumpkin do the talking. Check out how Rachel of Handmade Charlotte used a standard drill to create this boo-tiful design.

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Don’t forget the stems: Gemma’s pastel bunch brings the personality from the gourd up.

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Kristin printed a photo she took of a favorite floral arrangement and immortalized the moody centerpiece as a decoupage pumpkin.

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Can you guess which famous artist inspired these cuties? I think Matisse would approve of Cristina’s joyful palette and abstract leaves.