Vintage Home Decor

Fall Color Pallet Re-imagined

A couple of weeks ago in our “Welcome Fall 2017” blog post, we briefly mentioned that decorating for Fall does not have to mean using the traditional autumn colors. Orange, yellow, and red are the typical go-to colors when putting together a tablescape or decorating the porch, but I am here to show you how to switch it up a bit this year.

There’s still plenty of time to get prepped and decorated for fall before Thanksgiving rolls around next month, so I wanted to share some inspiration with you today that might get you looking at decorating for fall in a different way.

I used a simple color scheme using some pumpkins and greenery to decorated a mantel here in our shop. While I show you what I came up with, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to share with you the basics of decorating a mantel!

Creating vignettes in decorating is all about balance. It doesn’t mean that everything has to be symmetrical, instead, the goal is to create balance while playing around with varying heights, colors, or textures.

Without using any oranges or yellows, I put together a simple fall mantle look using cream, dark green and light green. Let me break down for you what I did.

I used a light blue-green pumpkin and paired it with a white pumpkin on the right side and then used a smaller dark green pumpkin on the left side to balance out the pumpkins a bit. I stuck in a little gourd to add more variety to the scale of the pumpkins and to bring some of that dark green to the right side of the mantel. I also mimicked the dark green of the pumpkin in the eucalyptus that I used in the copper pitcher. To complement the darker green tones, I used some light green lambs ear greenery on the right side that helps add height and texture. I also used some cream colored flower picks and sprays to compliment the cream of the white pumpkin.

No matter what you are going to use to decorate your mantle with, there is a simple way to break it down in three steps.

1:    Use a large piece to anchor your vignette. I used an old window, but a mirror or artwork would work too.

2:   Add decor items of varying heights. I used the copper pitcher, some old bottles, and some greenery to add some interest.

3:   Use some smaller pieces to fill in the mantle to make it look fuller.


Decorating your home is a very personal expression of who you are. You can use just about anything to tell your story through. Decorating for the holidays does not have to be any different. There’s certainly a traditional way to decorate for fall, but if you don’t love orange, guess what, you don’t have to use it! You can take any color scheme you want and create something that you like to look at every day. Because let’s face it, you’re going to be the one who walks past your mantle, dining table or porch every day. You should love what you see. I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration to take a different approach in decorating for fall.

I would love to hear what you think of an all green and cream color scheme for fall and how you plan on switching things up for your holiday decorating. Make sure to share your inspiration with us on Facebook and Instagram!

-Karla

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