Budget-Friendly Fall Decorating Guide

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Well, reality has hit me. We are almost entering fall and summer is coming to close. As the evenings start to get shorter, daily temperatures drop, and the tree leaves are beginning to change color, you can’t help but want to cozy up in your home with a pumpkin spice latte + a fluffy throw. I know I definitely feel this as an interior designer in Fort Collins. We are starting to see the fall season come in and fall activities to begin (cue apple orchards and pumpkin patch visits). 

How to decorate for fall - add in cozy blankets

As we approach fall, I know for myself I like to make my home feel more cozy and look like fall. However, I don’t want to spend a ton of money and energy on it as it seems to be a short-lived season here in Colorado.  Here are  5 budget-friendly fall decorating tips to make your home feel more like fall: 

Add Cozy Textural Elements

Switching up your furniture decor can go a long way. We’re talking throw pillows and blankets! In the summer, we typically go for lightweight fabric and bright, neutral colors. However, in fall I recommend switching out your throw pillows with heavy, textural elements to add in that additional sense of warmth. My personal fave — bring out the chunky-knit throws, or add in some textural, Fall-colored pillows to the sofa. It will easily transform your space to feel more like Fall! 

How to decorate for fall - add in cozy blankets

Bring Outdoor Seasonal Elements In

Incorporating the color palettes you are observing outside as we enter Fall is a great way to style your home throughout the year and switch things up. In Autumn, look to deepend, warm-tones to enter into your indoor space. 


I want to note too, you only have to switch up a few accessories to make your home feel like fall. Switching up your artwork you have on display, or the accessories you have on your mantel or shelving will go a long way and can be reused and rearranged each year, allowing for budget-friendly fall decorating for years to come.

How to decorate for fall

Add ambiance with candles and lighting 

The lighting within your home can make or break the look. In summer, we opt for natural lighting almost always. However, as the sun starts to set earlier in the day during fall, we can no longer rely on natural lighting and the overhead light may be too bright. Consider adding levels to your lighting layers with floor lamps, desk lamps, or sconces – and of course, candles (the most budget-friendly fall decorating piece of all!). These soft layers of light will help your space bring comfort during this transitional season. 

how to decorate for fall by J. Reiko Design an interior designer in Fort Collins

Re-Think the Function of the Space

With a new season coming, it also usually means new Fall routines. Your schedule, and possibly your children’s schedule may be changing as it’s back to school. You may be spending more time in the dining room doing homework instead of in the living room or back porch. Re-evaluate where you’ll be spending a lot of time and consider how you can re-decorate for fall. Maybe add in more candles, or add in a woven basket with blankets on hand.


You may also want to add in a new fall rug and some functional storage baskets in your mudroom as it may be receiving much more traffic now!

How to decorate for fall by J. Reiko Design an interior designer in Fort Collins

Create a New Tonal Color Palette with Decor

We love adding decor and accessories that resemble what we see outside with every season, and in the Fall, it’s all about incorporating natural materials with deep tones and textural elements. I recommend  incorporating decor pieces in wood, brass, or woven materials to bring warmth to any vignette.

How to decorate for fall by J. Reiko an interior designer in Fort Collins

Looking for more budget-friendly fall decorating ideas? You can see more of my recommendations on the blog here! If you are interested in hiring an interior designer for your home project for 2022, check out my portfolio, and schedule a discovery call with me here!

If you have any more questions, or looking for some design inspiration head on over to my Pinterest.


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