Fall brings (for most of us) cooler weather and shorter days that leave us wanting to feel warm and cozy. Whether it’s by wearing a scarf and boots, or by snuggling up in our favorite chair with a soft blanket, we’re craving comfort. This fall’s top five decor trends are all about giving our homes that sense of warmth, or as the Danish would say, “hygge.” Each of these trends are easy to work into your existing decor; bringing in just a few new pieces will have you feeling ready for the season. Here are 5 Fall Home Decor Trends for 2021 that you won’t want to miss.
To make comfort a focus in your home, start by bringing in a few pieces made with cozy fabrics. Velvet, chunky knits, and flannel are all perfect choices. Velvet gives a feeling of soft luxury and elegance, while knits and flannel have an everyday snuggly appeal. Mixing these fabrics into your home will add the warmth you want in this season. From blankets, throws, and pillows, to rugs and even tabletop accents, these textures are easy to add to your existing home decor.
These gorgeous handmade Velvet Pumpkins from HeartsContent.com are a great example. They’re sophisticated and cozy at the same time, a perfect seasonal accent for your tabletop, mantle, or bookshelf. Available in small, large, and a variety of colors, you can choose the best ones for your space.
In addition to the fabrics themselves, there are two other things to keep in mind with these materials. One is that layering textures is a great way to add even more comfort. Sometimes, more is more! Try layering blankets, pillows, and even rugs to give an extra snuggly feel. Also, whatever the material, it’s even more on-trend this season if it’s woven. The added texture of knitting, weaving, crocheting, and macrame gives a piece a handmade artisanal feel that makes us feel connected.
Does this Chunky Cotton Knit Throw from Swans Island remind you of your favorite sweater? I don’t know about you, but I want to wrap myself up in it! Handmade in a family-owned knitting mill in New Jersey, it’s got all the warm and comfy vibes, but is still lightweight enough for fall. And can a person really ever own too many blankets? I think not.
NEUTRAL EARTHY TONES
Although we usually associate fall with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the changing leaves, it can be tricky trying to incorporate those colors into our existing home decor. As someone who has a coastal farmhouse style with pops of teal throughout the house, I’ve struggled in the past with how to mix in those bright hues without everything clashing. This year, though, the trend is to stick with a more neutral color palette based in earth tones. Shades of brown, cream, ivory, and grey can still evoke seasonal vibes while easily mixing with whatever else you have in a room. Green, particularly in the form of plants and leaves, is another choice that works as a neutral in its own way. When you combine these neutral tones with fall accents like pumpkins, fluffy blankets, and more, they will give your room a seasonal feel. In addition to these earth tones, black and white, particularly buffalo plaid, is still a huge trend.
I created some wooden bead garlands with this in mind. While the colors are neutral, a message like, “give thanks” makes it feel seasonal. Of course, you could also add in beads with more traditional fall colors if you prefer. Click here for a full tutorial.
The chenille Bliss Floor Mat is handmade by Kia of CrudeNewYork using the finger crochet method. I chose Ivory, but it’s also available in grey, light grey, white, and olive green; all perfect for a neutral color palette. It’s so soft and luxurious, a real treat for bare feet, plus it’s machine washable and available in custom sizes and colors.
When it comes to non-fabric materials, it’s natural textures like rattan, wicker, jute, and bamboo that are taking center stage this fall. Like the fabrics, many of these materials are woven, giving pieces both a natural and a handmade feel. Look for these materials to show up in the form of coasters, trays, baskets, napkin rings, stools, small tables, wall hangings, and vases. Don’t forget that even your most basic essentials can be on-trend too, like this woven rattan wastebasket from Target x Opalhouse.
Bringing a little bit of the outdoors into our living spaces is a great way to add color and comfort. Succulents and plants of all sizes, as well as branches and leaves like eucalyptus, lamb’s ear, and more, can freshen up a room and breathe life into it (quite literally if you have real plants, and not just faux ones like me). Thank about adding greenery in the form of potted plants as well as wreaths and garlands. It’s also fun to add plants to less traditional containers.
This Bamboo Adjustable Plant Stand + Jute & White Basket from Alfie & Gem incorporates the woven texture, natural materials, and earth tones trends as well as being the perfect home for your favorite plant! Choose from bamboo or acacia wood, and adjust the stand by flipping it vertically and/or expanding the width to best fit your favorite plants.
A wreath made of faux Lamb’s Ear, eucalyptus, boxwood, or a combination of greenery makes a beautiful statement on any wall or on your front door. This one, the Fall Lamb’s Ear Wreathfrom CarolinaGifts4You, is an absolutely stunning example. It incorporates brown foliage and white berries along with the Lamb’s Ear, which elevates the wreath from a piece of evergreen decor to something with a distinct seasonal feel. The fall touches are still earth tones, though, staying totally on trend and coordinating with the rest of your home.
CANDLES & LANTERNS
As the days get shorter and the sun sets earlier, the warm glow of a candle is a great way to brighten up your home. This Fall, prepare to see lots of candles and lanterns, as they instantly give any room a more “homey” feel. The best ones will appeal to your sense of smell as well, giving off nostalgic scents of the season. Cinnamon, pumpkin, apple, and other traditional fall scents are a great choice.
Soy Candles from Wickry Candle Company come in wonderfully seasonal scents like Sweater Weather, Pumpkin Spice, and Pumpkin Souffle. (They get bonus points for being gorgeous earthy colors too). They’re hand-poured in small batches in Texas, using soy wax from the USA. Phthalate-free, lead-free, zinc-free, and made with the highest quality fragrance oils, they’ll give you the feeling and the scent of fall without the headache.
The great thing about these fall decor trends is that choosing even just a few specific pieces that fit your budget and your existing home decor can totally transform a room. You’ll be feeling warm and cozy in no time, and so will your family, friends, and guests. Which of these trends is your favorite? And of course, remember that your home is your happy place, so if you still want traditional bright orange pumpkins or anything else not on this list, go for it! I’d love to see how you’re decorating your house for fall. If you haven’t already, make sure to join the Amy Latta & Friends group on Facebook and share your photos with us so we can all be inspired. See you there!