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Neutral Fall Decor Ideas for a Warm and Comfy Cottage

Are you looking for some warm and cozy, neutral fall decor ideas? Tour my home and discover some quick tips and ways you can decorate your home for autumn, creating the warm and comfy cottage haven you’ve always dreamed of.

This year I was looking to bring a cozy autumn vibe to my cottage spaces without the traditional orange and red colors. This season’s neutral fall decorating captures the essence of autumn with soft earthy tones of warm browns, grays, and creams, in a more subtle and understated way.

Neutral fall decor ideas: living room coffee table decor

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Neutral fall decor ideas: cottage kitchen with open shelving

More About Our Beach Cottage and Decor Style

If this is your first time here at Shiplap and Shells, let me share a little about my home and what you’ll see on my blog.

We live about 60 miles Southwest of Seattle, WA in a rural town on Puget Sound. Our 1600-square-foot beach house was built in 1920 and we spent almost 10 years renovating our forever home to create a more charming space with loads of character.

My decor style is a simple cottage with vintage pieces mixed in. Depending on the time of year, I also have coastal influences throughout my home.

My garden is my pride and joy where I try to be as much as possible. My cut flowers are started in the greenhouse each February by seed.

Today I’m sharing my cottage-style living room and kitchen to show you how I refreshed these spaces for the fall season.

Take a look at some of the other fall home tours from past years linked below:

My Favorite Neutral Fall Colors and Design Elements

As the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to change color, there’s something special about this time of year. For me, the arrival of fall marks the transition from a coastal summer feel to creating cozy vibes in our cottage home.

This Year’s Neutral Fall Color Palette

When it comes to embracing the beauty of autumn in your home, you don’t have to limit yourself to the typical oranges and reds.

I decided on a neutral fall decor color palette, featuring soothing creams, rich browns, and elegant grays. This color scheme creates a warm and inviting autumn vibe that perfectly captures the essence of the season.

The only bright colors in our living room this autumn will be from the dried hydrangeas and fall florals.

This understated approach to my fall decor provides a canvas that is adaptable for layering textures and incorporating natural elements like dried leaves, pinecones, baskets, and wooden accents.

Ollie dog laying on the leather couch

Layering Textures With Throw Blankets and Cushions

Ready for all things cozy for fall?

Layer textures using throw blankets and pillows. Swap out your lightweight summer throws for chunky knit blankets in earthy tones. These tactile textiles not only provide extra warmth but also add a layer of visual interest to your furniture.

And your pets will love them too!

Cozy cream-colored throw blankets, and fall decorative pillows in browns and grays create a cozy ambiance that seamlessly transitions from early fall to the colder months ahead. This neutral color palette celebrates autumn in a more understated and timeless manner.

Neutral fall decor ideas: living room white chair and kitchen

As the weather cools, here are some ideas for decorative throw pillows and fall fabrics:

  • plaid fabrics
  • knits
  • wools
  • velvet
  • faux fur
  • leather
Neutral fall decor ideas: coffee table decor

Fall Decor Textures

Wooden Textures

One of the most versatile textures to feature in your living spaces for fall is wood. Whether it’s a rustic wooden coffee table, a set of weathered wooden shelves or shutters, or even a simple wooden bowl filled with fresh or faux seasonal fruits, incorporating wood into your decor instantly brings a touch of warmth and nature indoors.

I use my rustic dough bowl every year. There’s nothing quite like the way this bowl looks filled with gorgeous hydrangeas.

living room fall decor

How fun is this wooden tic-tac-toe game I bought several years ago when Pier 1 used to have their brick-and-mortar retail stores? It’s a great conversation piece.

Textured Pumpkins

Fabric-textured pumpkins are a great way to bring texture to your fall decor mix. And they always look wonderful under a glass cloche.

textured pumpkin

How fun is this textured pumpkin with beads, corn husks, and braided features?

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Wicker Furniture and Baskets

Wicker picnic baskets fill my fall cottage. Not only are they a great option for storage but they add a rustic tone for the rest of the space.

I use baskets for layering as well. They always come in handy when I need to add height to an autumn vignette.

Want to make a statement? Add a bigger wicker piece such as a table, chair, or hanging basket.

Bringing the Outdoors Inside

As the air turns crisper and leaves start to fall, it’s the perfect time to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home. If you’ve spent some time on my blog you know that one of my favorite ways to decorate is to bring elements from the outdoors inside to use as a focal point.

neutral fall decor ideas: cotton stems in ceramic vase and lantern

Fresh seasonal flowers, branches, twigs, dried flowers, and fruit are just a few outdoor elements to think about adding to your indoor spaces. You can even cheat a little by using faux flowers, greenery, or cotton stems.

Collect pinecones during a nature walk and scatter them along fireplace mantels or across your tabletops for eye-catching neutral fall table decor.

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Living Room Fall Decor Ideas

This is the view of our beach cottage as you walk through the front door.

There is no entryway to welcome you in. Just a cozy (that’s the word I use instead of small) living space with a leather couch, 2 slipcovered chairs, three very different-styled cabinets to meet our storage needs, a coffee table and two other tables, and a wicker chair.

white oversized white slipcovered chair

Here’s the opposite view of where the front door is. The kitchen is to the left of the above picture.

window seat with neutral pillows and throws and dog

We have a window seat that looks out to our front deck and bay in Puget Sound.

The window seat is mostly for show. No one really sits here. Just Ollie and Jax, my sweet fur boys. And as you can see, Ollie fits the neutral fall decor vibe perfectly, don’t you think?

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Cottagecore Style for Fall

This style is characterized by its emphasis on simplicity, nostalgia, and a return to traditional activities and values. Cottagecore idealizes a slower-paced, more harmonious way of life. Key elements of cottage-core style include:

  • Natural and Earthy Tones: Cottagecore color palettes tend to revolve around soft, muted, and earthy colors that evoke a sense of serenity and connection to nature.
  • Vintage Items: Antique furniture, vintage-inspired textiles, and thrifted finds add to the cozy and nostalgic atmosphere.
  • Connection to Nature: Embracing outdoor activities like picnics, foraging, and hiking is common within the cottagecore lifestyle.
  • Whimsical and Cozy Decor: Cottagecore spaces are filled with layered textures and cozy textiles like quilts, knitted blankets, and throw pillows.
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I’ve used my glass cloches for plaid fabric, crocheted, and mini white pumpkins. They also look great filled with pinecones and leaves.

dried hydrangeas in wood bowl

Add apples, pears, pomegranates, pumpkins, gourds, or dried flowers to your rustic dough bowl.

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I added an olive tree and a few faux green plants to the living room to add some interest.

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One of the main focal points in the living room is this oversized hanging basket I bought in Poulsbo at Red Plantation. I am actually drying the hydrangeas from my garden in mason jars with about an inch of water.

vintage suitcases

Vintage items such as suitcases and brass candlesticks are perfect for fall decor.

Autumn Woods candle

Add the Fragrance of Fall With Candles

Don’t you love the smell of fall? Antique Candle Co. has the most amazing fall fragrances available. Use code KIM20 for 20% off your order.

  • Apple ButterAn aroma of freshly baked apples blended with sugar, cinnamon, and clove, highlighted by fall pumpkin and sweet vanilla.
  • Fall HarvestA sweet and cozy autumn blend with fresh apple and orange peel, highlighted with warm notes of spicy cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.
  • Autumn WoodsA deep, woodsy musk blended with fresh balsam notes and sweet autumn apples, intertwined with hints of earthy fig and eucalyptus leaf.
  • Pumpkin SpiceA warm fall classic of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and pumpkin, highlighted with cozy notes of vanilla bean and sugar.
  • Vanilla ChaiA warm aroma of steeped tea with cozy blends of cardamom, clove, and nutmeg, mixed with sweet notes of vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Salted CaramelA cozy scent of homemade caramel candies with a sweet and creamy blend of sugar, butter, and vanilla, topped with fresh sea salt.
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Living Room Cabinets for Storage

Since we have very little space in our kitchen, this black glass-door cabinet houses all the white vintage ironstone.

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Fall Kitchen Decor Ideas

Next up is our cottage-style kitchen all dressed up for the fall season.

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Vintage Furniture Pieces Add Color to a Neutral Fall Decor

I know I’ve been sharing neutral fall decor in my home tour so when you look at the kitchen it may throw you off a bit.

neutral fall decor ideas:  cottage style kitchen

We have painted the vintage cabinet and kitchen island beachy colors to reflect the coastal beach style of the summer months.

As much as I liked the island being painted a fun color for summer, I think I’m going to repaint it a darker blue so it blends in a bit better.

eating space with fall fresh flowers

Neutral Fall Decor in the Kitchen Eating Space

We don’t have a formal dining room so this casual kitchen eating space is where we spend a lot of our time. My husband even thinks it’s his own personal office. I’m sure you can imagine how I feel about that.

The fall kitchen decor is neutral with beige and white decorative pillows on the window seat and a white matelasse throw covering the denim cushions for the season.

neutral fall decor ideas:  eating area in kitchen

A neutral-colored table runner, wooden round tray, and cane vase add texture to the neutral fall vibe here in the kitchen.

Even the wicker chairs help with the neutral and cottagecore look.

fresh fall flowers as a centerpiece

Bright-colored dahlias and sunflowers make the perfect informal fall arrangement.

kitchen island and copper pots on pan rack

Vintage Copper for Fall

Is there anything more warm and beautiful than vintage copper decor for fall?

Vintage copper pans hang from our handmade pot rack. You can learn how to make your own iron pan rack here.

Copper vintage pots are perfect for holding green plants and dried flowers.

I love drying flowers from the garden in late summer and early fall. Here I’ve hung them from the pan rack next to the copper.

neutral fall decor ideas:  hanging dried flowers from pan rack and island

Our Vintage Furniture Pieces

Our kitchen island was a vintage dresser we bought before we moved into our house. We added a butcher block top found at a Dunkin Donuts that was going out of business.

Pumpkin Spice candle

And here, my Pumpkin Spice candle will sit throughout the fall season.

aqua vintage glass door cabinet in kitchen

This vintage cabinet is my favorite piece in the cottage. It has been painted orange and then black. This aqua color is here to stay.

Can you believe how perfect it is in this space? Meant to be, right?

Drying Hydrangeas for Fall

Here are more hydrangeas from a different bush in the garden. I am drying these in jars of water as well. It may sound funny to hear that I’m drying flowers in water. But it really is a thing!

Check out my blog post about drying hydrangeas to find out more.

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Open Shelving for Displaying Seasonal Kitchenware

Open shelving in the kitchen is the perfect opportunity to integrate your cooking space with the charm of the season. This is a great way to showcase seasonal kitchenware and vintage decor.

open shelving neutral decorating for fall

Vintage kitchen decor items such as colanders, scales, copper, ironstone, and baskets look beautiful when displayed on the shelves for everyone to admire.

I also love bringing out my vintage rolling pin collection every fall for the baking season.

fall flowers and plants in DutchCrafters Amish window box

Neutral Fall Porch Decor

I’ve just started decorating my front porch for fall. This is where you can make the first impression on your guests.

I will admit that I haven’t hung the wreath on the front door yet but I will definitely be doing that when I get back from our September boat trip.

Here’s the magnolia leaf and dried orange wreath I made a couple of years ago.

I got the prettiest planter boxes from DutchCrafters and had so much fun planting fall flowers and plants in them.

Simple fall plants such as ornamental cabbage, kale, and grasses fill the containers. I even brought my wicker chair and fall blanket outdoors for a festive feel. Now I just need a mug of hot apple cider and I’ll be set for autumn.

I’ll add pumpkins, lanterns, and scarecrows to the outdoor porch mix in October. Here’s a look at last year’s outdoor decorations:

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Common Fall Home Tour Questions

What Month Do You Start Decorating for Fall?

I remember when I wouldn’t even start decorating for fall until October 1st. But that was a long time ago.

Many people like to start decorating for fall when September arrives. That’s when the weather starts to get cooler, and the leaves on trees begin to change color.

But it is really a personal preference. If you love the feel of autumn decor in your home, why not start early? The other thing is that the stores are bringing in fall decor items earlier and earlier now. So if you’re looking for new items for autumn, start shopping early.

How Can I Make My House Cozy in the Fall?

To make your house cozy in the fall, you can do a few simple things. First, add soft blankets and comfy pillows to your sofas and chairs.

Bringing in some candles with autumn scents, like cinnamon or pumpkin, can make your home smell like fall. You can also put out some bowls of seasonal fruits, like apples or pears, for a natural touch.

Don’t forget to switch out light, summery curtains for thicker ones that keep the warmth in. Consider using warm, soft lighting to create a cozy ambiance.

What Colors are Best for Fall for Home Decor?

For fall home decor, it’s great to use colors that match the cozy feeling of the season. Earthy tones like deep browns, warm oranges, rich reds, and muted yellows work really well.

Think about the colors you see in nature during autumn – those are the ones that bring that comfy and inviting vibe indoors.

Also, adding some touches of deep green or dark teal can mimic the changing leaves and add a nice contrast. And don’t forget those rose tones and burgundy.

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Final Thoughts on My Autumn Home Tour

I hope you found some neutral fall home decor ideas for your home.

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

Until next time,

Happy Fall Decorating!

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  1. Hi there! I absolutely loved the neutral fall decor ideas you shared in your blog post. The cozy cottage vibes are so inviting, and I can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas into my own home this season. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Kim, where to even start? There are so many beautiful things to take in in your cottage. But those hydrangeas are showstoppers! And I love the copper and drying summer blooms hanging over the kitchen island. Thank you for all of the gorgeous fall styling ideas!

  3. Yes! You have loads of character in your beach cottage/dream home and everything looks fantastic! I love the oversized baskets with hydrangeas. Hard to believe but I bet they’ll be even more stunning when dried. Always love seeing your home. Seriously, so beautiful and cozy. Happy Sunday friend! pinned

  4. Kim, I would love to come for a stay in your darling cottage. There are so many things to see in your fall home and treasures to uncover. You are a collector extraordinaire! Your dried hydrangeas are the perfect pop of color in your one-of-a-kind home. Beautiful tour!

  5. I absolutely love your cottagecore style, Kim! When I hear ‘cottage’, I think Shiplap and Shells! Those hydrangeas are AMAZING! And I def need to look for more wooden bowls. I’ll agree with you… I think the island would compliment your area in a navy or more ‘neutral’ color. 🙂 Always something, right?! Pinned! Always love touring with you!

  6. Kim I was smitten from the moment I laid eyes on your hydrangeas! Then seeing them throughout your home and tour was so much fun. I love your use of vintage and flowers. Gorgeous way to usher in Fall. Thankful for you and hope the September boat trip is fun!

  7. Your home looks so beautiful! Your hydrangeas in the basket is so gorgeous that I had to cut some hydrangeas and put them in a basket on my front door. You always amaze me.

  8. Can I come live in your home Kim?! It’s so warm, cozy, and inviting. Every detail is beautiful and I love that wooden tic tac toe set! Also, your planter on your front porch is too die for!!! Happy fall!

  9. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous, Kim! I dried mine for the first time, this year. Such an elegant addition! I always enjoy “visting” your home! Beautiful job, friend!

  10. Kim!!! S as always your home is beautiful!! I love your use of hydrangeas for Fall. I did it too. But I think my bushes are smaller than yours, cause you have much more than I do. Someday these bushes will be bigger!!! Hahaha have a great week!

  11. I love the muted colors and natural tones you used for fall, Kim. So pretty. And the hydrangeas are the star of the show…so stunning!

    Happy fall, friend!

  12. Kim, your cottage looks so cozy for Fall! I love your neutral Fall decor, those hydrangeas in the large baskets are just stunning and all the texture you’ve added makes your home so fun to tour! Happy Fall!

  13. Hi Kim! Your aqua cabinet is my favorite and your dried hydrangeas are gorgeous! Your fall cottage decor is cozy and oozing with charm! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  14. Your home is such a happy place with all the cheery color sprinkled about. Your flowers, ooo la la. Our daughter lived a few years on Whitney Island and I found the flowers your way are impressive to this Florida gal! the planter boxes are gorgeous.

  15. Kim,
    Your entire home is so stunning dressed up for fall. I love all the hydrangeas you used to decorate. Everything is just perfectly cozy.

  16. Kim, I love your wooden tic-tac-toe game. Your home looks so beautiful and cozy with all of the neutral tones. You sweet little dog loves your throw.

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