• Fall Home Decorating

    Decorating your home for fall is easy to do. The basic fall look is something that everyone knows. It involves fall vegetables such as pumpkins, squash, small gourds, and dried corn. It can include fall fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries. And you can add in some fall foliage like autumn leaves and twigs. The colors of fall are orange, brown, muted yellows and reds-anything that gives you the feeling of a walk in the woods as the leaves are falling from the trees and there's a snap of cold in the air.

    You can gather together the materials mentioned above and then decide how best to display them. Fall decorations don't need to look formal or ornate. So you don't have to worry about getting everything just so. Here are a few ideas for how to arrange your fall vegetables, fruits, and other things to good effect.

    Cornucopia

    The cornucopia or "horn of plenty" is a standard fall decoration that always looks nice. Your local craft store will be sure to have different sizes of these horn-shaped baskets that you can fill to overflowing. Throw in some small pumpkins, squashes, and gourds. Add in a few apples and pears and ear of dried corn or two. Finish the piece off with some autumn leaves to bring out the fullness of the decoration.

    Wreaths

    Fall wreaths are another standard decoration that's sure to please. If you want to do it yourself, you can gather lots of small, long twigs and fashion them into a wreath yourself. Interweave autumn leaves in the mixture to give the piece a dash of color and hang up the result on your door or over the mantel. You can also pick up a pre-made wreath at a craft store. Use this wreath as is or add your own touches and flourishes. The autumn leaves will look nice in it. Or for a little more elegance and color, you can add mums or another fall flower. Finish the whole thing off with a paper ribbon bow. Or for a more folksy look, try a small homemade scarecrow or two flanking the wreath.

    Centerpieces

    One easy way to make a fall centerpiece is to take your fall wreath and lay it flat. Fill it up in the middle with fall vegetables and fruit, just as you would a cornucopia. Add in the fall leaves and other foliage to fill it out and you've got a beautiful fall centerpiece for your table.

    Another way to go is much simpler. Just use a large pumpkin. A large pumpkin, sitting in the middle of a table or along a railing can provide all the decoration you need for that spot. It doesn't need to be decorated or have anything added to it. It looks good all on its own, bringing a warm fall glow to the whole home.

    Other Ideas

    For another look, you can fill a tray with cranberries and put a few white votive candles in the mix. Whatever you do, you're sure to have an enjoyable time getting your home all decked out for the fall season.