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.
BLOGGERS’ BEST FALL HOME TOURS
I’m joining 29 amazing bloggers today for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours! We will all be opening our beautifully decorated homes to you this week. Each day, Monday through Friday, 5-6 bloggers will share their individual tours and fall styles with you.
I want to thank our host, Kelly at the Tattered Pew for putting this entire spring tour blog hop together. Her home tour is beautiful.
Be sure to visit all of the blogger’s home tours. You can find the links for each day this week at the bottom of my post.
If you are coming over from my friend Tammy’s blog White Lilac Farmhouse, welcome! Didn’t you love the 7 ways she shared to make a home cozy for fall? Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m so happy you’re here.
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.
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.
As the weather cools, here are some ideas for decorative throw pillows and fall fabrics:
Fall Decor 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.
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.
Fabric-textured pumpkins are a great way to bring texture to your fall decor mix. And they always look wonderful under a glass cloche.
How fun is this textured pumpkin with beads, corn husks, and braided features?
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.
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.
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.
Here’s the opposite view of where the front door is. The kitchen is to the left of the above picture.
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?
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:
I’ve used my glass cloches for plaid fabric, crocheted, and mini white pumpkins. They also look great filled with pinecones and leaves.
Add apples, pears, pomegranates, pumpkins, gourds, or dried flowers to your rustic dough bowl.
I added an olive tree and a few faux green plants to the living room to add some interest.
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 items such as suitcases and brass candlesticks are perfect for fall decor.
Add the Fragrance of Fall With Candles
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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.
Fall Kitchen Decor Ideas
Next up is our cottage-style kitchen all dressed up for the fall season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bright-colored dahlias and sunflowers make the perfect informal fall arrangement.
Vintage Copper for Fall
Is there anything more warm and beautiful than vintage copper decor for fall?
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.
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.
And here, my Pumpkin Spice candle will sit throughout the fall season.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
THANKS FOR TOURING MY AUTUMN HOME TOUR
I hope you found some neutral fall home decor ideas that will work for your home. 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 decorating tips useful.
Next on the home tour is my sweet friend Rachel at the Ponds Farmhouse. You’re not going to want to miss the 11 five-minute autumn decor ideas she’s sharing today, especially if you’re looking for some cheap ways to decorate for fall.
Be sure to see the other blogs on this seasonal tour for more inspiration and fall decorating ideas. The links are all listed below for your convenience.
Until next time,
Happy Fall Decorating!
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