13 Simple Decor Ideas for Creating a Cozy Fall Kitchen

Looking for some tips and inspiration for fall? I’m sharing 13 simple ideas for transforming your kitchen into a warm and cozy haven of fall-inspired decor, perfect for embracing the spirit of the season.

Do you often find yourself gravitating toward the kitchen more than any other room in the house during the autumn months? If you’re like me, the kitchen becomes the heart of the home as the leaves change and the air turns crisp.

Follow along to see decor ideas to help you create a cozy fall kitchen that will make you want to spend more time cooking, baking, and sipping hot apple cider.

cozy fall kitchen decor

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 dahlias and fruit tablescape

Cozy Fall Kitchen Decor Supplies I Love

Here are 10 must-have seasonal decor items for a simple fall kitchen

  • seasonal tablecloth
  • autumn tableware
  • vase
  • tea towels
  • rustic wooden tray
  • dough bowl
  • plaid blanket
  • fall stems
  • copper decor
  • scented candle
cozy fall kitchen decor

13 Cottage Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas

I’ve gathered my very favorite fall decor ideas in one spot and can’t wait to share them with you. Autumn is such a fun season to decorate for, and it’s really simple as well.

A great starting point for adding cozy fall kitchen decor is to bring in warm colors, fresh scents, apples, and of course, all things pumpkin.

Here are more tips and ideas to decorate your kitchen for fall.

olive branches in pitcher on dining room table

1. Warm Color Palette

To set the stage for a cozy fall kitchen, start with warm fall colors.

Think rich and earthy tones like deep reds, oranges, burgundy, gold, and warm browns. Add flowers or decor items in this color palette to instantly create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

cozy fall kitchen decor: dahlias in a vase on table

2. Fall Flowers and Seasonal Fruit and Veggies

Both flowers and seasonal fruits and vegetables are always a big part of my home decor no matter what the season.

Use them in a fall centerpiece or on a kitchen countertop. Be creative with the vessel you use for flowers. A beautiful white pitcher, a rusty galvanized bucket, or a traditional glass vase are all great options for the autumn season.

creating a cozy fall kitchen

If you don’t have fresh flowers available, invest in some faux flowers.

Dried Hydrangeas

Have you ever dried hydrangeas from your garden? It is so easy to dry them and they make the best fall decor. They’ll last well into winter if you care for them.

Mums and Fresh Pumpkins

Enjoy the winning combination of chrysanthemums and pumpkins in your fall kitchen. I absolutely love how they play off of one another during the season.

cozy fall kitchen decor: dahlias and artichokes on kitchen counter

Fresh Flower Bouquets

Cut fresh flowers from your garden, or if you don’t have that option, pick some up at Trader Joe’s or another store.

I am so fortunate to still have many of my cut flowers still blooming. Zinnias, dahlias, autumn sedum joy, and black-eyed Susans create the perfect autumn bouquets.

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Mixing both faux and fresh fruits and vegetables in the kitchen is another way I create fall decor vignettes.

Here are a few fruits and veggies that would look perfect on a kitchen counter or table:

  • apples
  • pears
  • pomegranates
  • oranges
  • artichokes
  • pumpkins
  • butternut squash
  • gourds
  • Indian corn

Artificial flowers, fruits, and vegetables have come a long way and are so realistic. If a fresh option doesn’t work, go with the faux.

cozy fall kitchen decor: pumpkins and mums on tablespace

3. Seasonal Tablescapes

Embrace the fall season by setting your kitchen table with fall-inspired tableware and linens. Look for dishes with autumn motifs, and use natural elements like leaves, pine cones, and acorns as centerpiece decorations.

Here are some fall tablescapes I’ve created:

open shelves with fall kitchen decor

4. Wicker Home Decor

Wicker is a great choice for cozy fall kitchen decor.

Its woven texture gives a warm, rustic feel that goes well with the autumn vibe and other seasonal elements sharing the space.

Wicker’s neutral colors match the earthy tones of fall, making it a good fit for seasonal decor this time of year. Whether it’s a basket or a pair of dining table chairs, wicker is an easy way to transform your seasonal space.

vase of hydrangeas and candle in fall kitchen

5. Fall-Inspired Lighting

Choose warm and cozy lighting fixtures to enhance the atmosphere in your kitchen. Candle sconces and lanterns are a perfect choice when it comes to bringing warmth to your kitchen.

cozy fall kitchen decor: pumpkins, mums, and candles on table

Because we get a lot of clouds and rain during the fall months, our home can get very dark. I’ve personally never been a fan of overhead lighting. In our cottage, it’s much cozier with a little lamp on the kitchen counter or island. And I always have a candle or two burning.

open shelves with flowers and vintage collection

6. Fall Kitchen Decor for Open Shelving

Using open shelves in your kitchen for fall decor is a simple and stylish way to embrace the season.

white ironstone dishware on open shelving

Start by clearing your open shelves and giving them a good cleaning. Then, display items with a fall theme like rustic mugs, autumn-themed plates, and other simple fall touches. Vintage collections are also perfect for showing off on open shelves.

cozy fall kitchen decor: vintage decor displayed on vintage decor

Mix in some natural elements like pinecones or small pumpkins for an extra touch of fall charm. As the season progresses, you can easily switch out or add new decor items to keep your kitchen feeling fresh and festive.

green vintage picnic basket and fall decor

Open shelving allows you to showcase your favorite fall pieces while keeping them easily accessible, making your kitchen feel cozy and ready for autumn.

copper pot with ivy plant

7. Copper Kitchen Decor for Fall

When I hear the words “fall kitchen decor” I immediately think of copper. There’s just something about the way it pops the entire kitchen.

It’s the perfect time to incorporate copper decor into your kitchen for the fall season. What a wonderful way to add warmth and a touch of rustic charm to your cozy fall kitchen.

Place copper pots, pans, kettles, mugs, or utensils on countertops, tables, shelves, or a pot rack for display. Their rich, reddish-brown coloring complements the fall color palette beautifully.

cozy fall kitchen decor copper kettle and white bowl filled with pears

You can usually find a good deal when looking for copper decor. Most of the copper pieces I have in my kitchen are from flea markets and thrift stores.

brad boards and vintage scale with artichokes

8. Warm Wood Accents

Integrating warm wood accents into your kitchen for the fall season adds a cozy and natural touch.

Warm elements such as wooden cutting boards, breadboards, utensils, wooden bowls and trays, and dough bowls in your kitchen’s decor pair perfectly with the colors and textures of fall.

creating a cozy fall kitchen: vignette

Wooden shelves to display your autumn-themed decor items and wooden frames for art can further enhance the rustic appeal.

dough bowl with white pumpkins, pinecones and eucalyptus

If you’re looking for fall decor for a kitchen island, dough bowls are a great option.

Dough bowls are a great way to show off your best fall decor and so easy to change up the looks whenever you want. I use pomegranates, apples, oranges, eucalyptus, olive branches, and pumpkins in mine.

cozy fall kitchen decor: red apples, pears, pine cones, and tealight candles

9. Natural Elements

Bring the beauty of nature indoors by using pinecones, acorns, and leaves in your decor. Place them in decorative bowls or vases around your kitchen for a rustic and autumnal touch.

Smaller fresh pumpkins and seasonal fruit would look amazing in a vintage copper bowl as well.

Here are some natural element options to use for your cozy fall kitchen decor:

  • corn husks
  • dried Indian corn
  • dried gourds
  • butternut squash
  • pine cones
  • wheat stalks
cozy fall kitchen decor: copper pans hanging on pot rack with dried flowers

Dried Flowers

Use fresh or dried flowers like sunflowers and mums to bring a burst of seasonal color and fragrance to your space.

cozy fall kitchen decor

I hang my dried flowers from the cutting garden off my pot rack through the season.

Potted Plants and Herbs

Add small potted plants or herbs to your kitchen windowsill, infusing your cooking area with a fresh and natural vibe.

kitchen table with pumpkins and mums with candles

10. Show Off Your Mini Pumpkins and Gourds

When it comes to simple decor ideas for a cozy fall kitchen, there’s nothing easier than bringing some pumpkins and gourds to the table.

You’d be surprised by how many ways you can display a mini pumpkin with any of your kitchen vignettes. Set them in an ironstone bowl or glass cloche to transform any kitchen space to fall.

mini olive tree in kitchen

11. Faux Olive Branches and Euculyptus

Use faux olive branches and eucalyptus stems in vases or jars to create beautiful, low-maintenance arrangements. I found a faux mini olive tree which I love displaying during the fall months.

You can also intertwine branches and stems with your existing decor or drape them along shelves and cabinets.

sedum autumn joy in mason jar and warm caramel crumble candle

12. Fill Your Kitchen Space with Fall Fragrances

Fill your kitchen space with the comforting fragrances of fall. There are several simple methods that will infuse your kitchen with the comforting and nostalgic scents of the season, making it feel like a cozy haven during the fall months.

Fall Simmer Pot

Simmer a pot of water on the stove with aromatic ingredients like cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peels. As it simmers, it will release a warm and inviting scent throughout your kitchen.

Fall Potpourri

Use a bowl of potpourri featuring autumn scents, such as dried spices, pinecones, and citrus peels.

Diffusers with Essential Oils

Another great way to add fall fragrance to your home is to add essential oils to a diffuser. There are so many amazing-smelling essential oil combinations for the fall season, including vanilla, pumpkin pie, and apple cider.

pumpkin spice candle

Fall Scented Candles

When it comes to cozy fall kitchen decor, scented candles in fragrances like pumpkin spice or apple pie are the perfect choice.

I always have a fall-scented candle burning in autumn. Not only do candles provide soft lighting during the autumn season, but the kitchen smells like I’m baking pumpkin bread or baking cookies.

fall candles

Antique Candle Co. has the most amazing scents available for fall. Don’t you wish there was some sort of scratch-and-sniff feature available here?

pumpkin spice candle

Pumpkin Spice

A warm fall classic of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and pumpkin, highlighted with cozy notes of vanilla bean and sugar.

apple butter candle

Apple Butter

A delightful aroma of freshly baked apples blended with sugar, cinnamon, and clove, highlighted by fall pumpkin and sweet vanilla.

fall harvest candle

Fall Harvest

A sweet and cozy autumn blend with fresh apple and orange peel, highlighted with warm notes of spicy cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.

fireside candle


A nostalgic scent of crackling woodfire with vibrant blends of pine, frankincense, and oakmoss, highlighted with cozy cedarwood, smoked sandalwood, and warm vanilla. 

autumn woods candle

Autumn Woods

A deep, woodsy musk blended with fresh balsam notes and sweet autumn apples, intertwined with hints of earthy fig and eucalyptus leaf.

salted caramel candle

Salted Caramel

A cozy scent of homemade caramel candies with a sweet and creamy blend of sugar, butter, and vanilla, topped with fresh sea salt.

vanilla chai candle

Vanilla Chai

A warm aroma of steeped tea with cozy blends of cardamom, clove, and nutmeg, mixed with sweet notes of vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon.

spice cake candle

Spice Cake

A cozy scent of spiced vanilla cake, intertwined with a warm, sweet medley of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and hazelnut. 

cozy fall kitchen decor: dining room table in kitchen

13. Cozy Textiles

If you’re looking for warm and cozy autumn vibes, cozy textures are a great fall kitchen decor choice.

Layer your kitchen with cozy textiles like flannel and plaid table runners, throw blankets, and textured cushions. Adding these textures not only adds warmth but also creates a welcoming ambiance.

view of fall living room from kitchen table and red apples in a dough bowl

These simple fall kitchen decor ideas will help you create a cozy and welcoming space that celebrates the beauty of fall.

Embrace the season, get creative, and enjoy the warmth and comfort of your autumn-inspired kitchen.

cozy fall kitchen decor

My hope is that you are able to take one or two of these cozy fall kitchen decor ideas and use them to create your own warm and beautiful kitchen space.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these fall kitchen decor tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Fall Decorating!

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  1. The table set with the bucket of Dahlias, apples and pears is my favorite! It’s one I know I can do myself. Simply done, but premium impact! Thank you!

  2. lots of great inspiration. fall make me think copper too and i have the same copper canisters with brass labels and knobs. they were my mom’s.

    1. Thank you so much Kim! I’m so glad I finally got smart and painted that cabinet. It used to be black for years and years!

  3. Your kitchen is the definition of cozy! I adore your fall tablescape, the flowers of course and all the wood accents. Beautiful!

  4. So koselig , which describes cosines in Norwegian , I must find a copper tea pot to Koselig up my kitchen.
    Can you guess which town was my favorite to see on your boat tour , thanks so much for sharing those beautiful pictures !
    Now I must order the apple cider donut mix .

  5. Oh my goodness, your home is so warm and cozy! I love your vintage cottage style, you are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Fall,???

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