Fall is the perfect time to make some easy changes to your home, inside and out! Decorating for fall doesn’t always mean putting up the scarecrow, or taping the kids fall leaves to the living room window. Here are some easy, quick and cheap ways to update your fall home decorating for the colder autumn months ahead.



5 Frugal Fix Ups for Fall Home Decorating



Decorating for Fall


1. Inside and outside of your home, take a few minutes to do some decluttering. Every season has its amount of clutter and the summer is no exception!  Time to put away the kiddie pool, pack up the beach towels, and put away the flip flops lining the entryway to get ready for fall home decorating. Make sure you have designated a place for the kids backpacks and school papers, and set aside a place in the kitchen to store the lunch boxes, water bottles, and the like. Get ready now with a little organization, and your home will show its full potential throughout the season! Love this fall organization tips from ‘Martha‘. Double the space in your coat closet or mud room by installing double sided ceiling hooks.


Room Decorating Ideas for Fall

2. Warm up your rooms by bringing in the layers. Throw rugs on the floors, throw blankets on seating, use pillows, placemats, and table runners. The layers of fabric add warmth and charm, and you probably have a lot of what you need right in your linen closet. Quilts can cover tables,  cloth napkins can be made into pillow covers, sheets can double as tablecloths. Check out how Lucy at ‘Craftberry Bush‘ layered this room with fall home decorating style!


Window Dressing

3. Add some layers to your windows as well. Inexpensive grommet curtain panels hung over your mini blinds add both style and insulation. Remember, for the darker winter months its more important than ever to let as much light in as possible. If you haven’t already done so, remount your window treatments so that when open, they clear the window…even a couple of inches of blocked window light can make a HUGE difference in the feeling of a room. And its free! ‘The DIY Playbook‘ has complete instructions on how to properly hang window curtains to make the room look larger and brighter. Check out her before and after, such a simple trick!


Outdoor Fall Clean up and Fall Decor

4. Outside your home, its time to do a yard cleanup and check your fall curb appeal. Easy and cheap things to up your autumn season curb appeal? Paint your front door a warm rich color. Deep cranberry, rich chocolate brown, deep navy or charcoal grey all go well with most color schemes, and bring the eye to the entrance of the home for the price of a quart of paint! Add a simple flower planter next to your front door with fall annuals such as mums (for sun) or pansies (for more shady spots) and ornamental grasses. Clean up any weeds or trash, cut the lawn, and trim back overgrown bushes, hedges, or trees.

One final outdoor fall decorating pick me up? Add one window box under your front window, and fill with fall flowers or grasses. This is an inexpensive fall home decorating project, but it adds more curb appeal than almost anything else you can do. Remember to match the style of your window box to the style of your home. One weekend, and your home catches the eye of everyone who passes!





Inexpensive Fall Home Decorating

5. Add some spirit of the season. Perhaps you know a neighbor who has squash overflowing their kitchen? Offer to take some off their hands and display it piled on the porch, or stacked in a wheelbarrow. (Tuck a small pot of mums into the stack for a special fall touch!) Pick up some candles from the dollar shop or discount store and use them nightly for your family gatherings, or those long soaks in the tub. (Yeah, right!) Pick up seed pods, pinecones, and acorns on your family nature walks and start a large nature jar to display and keep as a memento of your year. Line a serving bowl with a cloth napkin or fabric remnant, and fill with apples and pears from the grocery. Set out small dishes with cinnamon sticks and cloves to sweeten the air with the fall feeling.

Photos by ‘Pottery Barn‘.

5 Frugal Fix Ups for Fall Home Decorating


5 Frugal Fix Ups for Fall Home Decorating


Photos by ‘Midwest Living‘.






From ‘Calm Cradle‘, make these DIY pumpkin candles in coffee beans… can you imagine how wonderful this will smell? And so simple!


Easy, inexpensive, and fun ideas to bring the season into your home!  Want more fall home decorating ideas? Try Fall Decorating:10 Ways to Make Your Home Fall Cozy and Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas!


Image Credits: Calm Cradle, Martha , Craftberry Bush, The DIY Playbook, BHG, Lowes, Pottery Barn, Midwest Living


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  1. Linda Ruckdeschel September 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    p.s…. the apothecary jars don’t come cheap … might want to say what approx. cost is for each of these items in the post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I’ve seen them at Walmart for $12 and there are Pinterest posts giving great ideas on making your own! Hobby Lobby also regularly puts them on sale for 50% off!

      1. Kristina October 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

        For the past two years I’ve purchased my apothecary jars at Goodwill and Value Village because of the great deals. I’ve never paid more than $4.99 for one jar; my purchase on Sunday was 69 cents. :-)

      2. Effective Presenter November 4, 2019 at 10:37 am

        Home Goods has the jars cheap also

    2. The Tea Lady September 21, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Try shopping at your local Goodwill/Thrift Store for $2.99 up to $14.99.

  2. Mary Bogart October 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I got mine at Home Goods and they were pretty cheap. I think they cost about $8 a piece. Maybe I just got lucky. I agree with Kathy that Hobby Lobby has glassware for less. I picked up some glass vases for just a few dollars a piece!

  3. Dee Palmer October 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I get a lot of mine on clearance from Marshalls and Kathy is right Walmart has them reasonable.

  4. Tawny Leste-Carlson November 17, 2015 at 1:26 am

    I’m SO HAPPY I stumbled upon your website! There are so many unique, beautiful and best of all TRULY affordable (Dollar Store and Goodwill, not Martha Stewart lol) decorating ideas here that I can’t wait to try and I haven’t even scratched the surface here. My home needs “warmth”; and you’re going to help me give it some! :) Happy Holidays! P.S. My local Family Dollar had apothecary jars for $2.99!!

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