Five Frugal Decorating Tips for Fall

Autumn Wreath on Front Door

Autumn is in many ways the warmest time of the year. The colors are vibrant and crisp, the air is cool, and the sun emits a specific warm shade of gold light.

There’s no reason that this beauty needs to stay outdoors. It’s easy and inexpensive to bring the warmth and splendor of Autumn into your home.

Take in the colors

Shades of brown, red, orange and yellow tend to be associated with the Fall season. However, there are many colors that also appear during these months that can be used as focal or accent colors.

Especially as the leaves change, there are many different shades of green to highlight. Pumpkins are a variety of colors besides orange, including a light green, white and even a delicate shade of blue. Speaking of blue, a darker accent color can be found in the particularly beautiful color of an Autumn sky. Use all of these colors in a variety of frugal ways to help decorate your home for Fall!

Welcome Home

With an eye specifically for decorating, start with your front door. Pretend you’re coming to visit, and ask yourself what you would like to see, or what would make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

To help create this welcoming scene, pick up a few hay bales, which help display potted mums or can serve as temporary benches on your front porch. Set out large baskets of a variety of gourds and dried flowers, along with different sizes, shapes and colors of pumpkins.

Perfect Pumpkins

Fall Wreath with White Pumpkins


It’s easy to find a wide variety of pumpkins this time of the year. Decorate with a variety of sizes and colors, and take some time to look for unusual ones. Farmers markets or pumpkin patches have fun, unique pumpkins, are often less expensive than grocery stores.

For a traditionally festive mood, create a family of jack-o-lanterns with unusual designs. Use battery-operated flickering lights to bring them to life.

Apple Simplicity

Apples come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and flavors. Plus, this is the season where apples are at their least expensive. Buy large quantities of various kinds to display in decorative bowls or baskets. They can also be used to make applesauce, breads, muffins, crisps, pies and cider.

The Scents of the Season

Fall Tablescape with Sunflowers

The scent of all of the baking will help usher in the Fall season in your home. Simmer apple cider with cinnamon sticks on your stove, or use the cinnamon sticks with orange peel in a pot of hot water.

The baking doesn’t have to be limited to apples. Bake sweetmeat pumpkins to use in pumpkin pies and breads – the scent will be irresistible. If you’re not in the baking mood, stock up on a variety of candles in apple or pumpkin themed scents or your favorite fall fragrances.

Tasty Autumn Snacks

If you’ve done any pumpkin carving or baking, don’t forget to clean and roast the seeds for a wonderful Autumn snack. Cover some of those display apple with caramel, and set out a variety of candy or nuts in bowls around your home. Your guests will appreciate it!

Kelly Wilson is a freelance writer and author of Live Cheap and Free! Strategies to Thrive in Tough Economic Times. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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