Once Labor Day has passed, the days quickly start to fly by and before we know it, we’re already celebrating Halloween. But the transition from summer to cooler weather gives us all an opportunity to get creative and decorate our homes for fall. We can take a break from apple-picking and pumpkin-spice-everything to give our house a little bit of cozy autumnal charm for the upcoming holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. 

Although the weather may still be mild, and you may not have had your first Pumpkin Spice Latte yet, it’s never too early to start planning your fall decor. Making a game plan of how to decorate your home can be just as rewarding as decorating itself. From traditional, to cozy, to whimsical, you have many different options to make your home feel special during the autumn months.  

When September comes around, we look forward to one of the best parts of seasonal decorating—the chance to plan how to decorate our kitchens for fall! Whether we’re cooking meals for our families or baking treats just for fun, spending time in the kitchen is an important part of everyday life. With the arrival of autumn, it’s the perfect opportunity to give our kitchen a warm, cozy update that celebrates the new season. 

Now is the time to bring out those unique, eye-catching dishes that make every meal special. Whether it be festive pumpkin-shaped bowls for fall soups or vibrant ochre-colored plates for every other course, don’t be afraid to go full out – you won’t regret it! 

For an even cozier autumnal look, switch out your seasonal decor around the house with warm-toned throws, rugs, and blankets. Look for pieces in orange, yellow, and brown tones that will match the changing leaves outside. Or light some pumpkin-scented candles or simmer cinnamon sticks in your slow cooker for a homemade and cost-effective way to add a cozy fall fragrance to your home. And don’t forget to add a few strings of twinkle lights or novelty string lights around the house to add festive flair. With a few simple decor changes, your home will quickly feel warm and inviting–without spending a fortune. 

Transform your kitchen for the cooler months with these ideas:  

Add some autumnal flair with stepstools, tablecloths, and other kitchen accessories in warm, inviting fall colors. • Warm up the kitchen with new dinnerware featuring pumpkins or other cozy themes. • Replace one or two of your existing decor items with ones in seasonal colors, like burnt orange and ivory. • Add some warmth and texture with chunky knit blankets and soft throw pillows. • Bring the outside in with pumpkins and gourds and consider places like the pumpkin patch or the store for quick pickups. • Light some cozy fall candles like cinnamon, amber or woodsy scents in the kitchen and other rooms in your house. • Make your own DIY decor, such as pumpkin-shaped soaps or homemade jar toppers. • Let the kids in on the crafting fun—don’t forget the leaf painting and food-inspired crafts like Oreo Rice Krispie turkeys. 

When learning how to decorate for fall, it’s tempting to rely on decor that will last you from September to November, but don’t forget that it’s fun to have some uber seasonal elements for the slew of fall holidays that we all look forward to.  

While holiday-specific options can span all kinds of fall decor ideas, seasonal fall wreaths are especially perfect for welcoming guests into your home for holiday gatherings. Consider making your own harvest-themed wreath for September, a Halloween wreath for October, and a Thanksgiving-themed wreath for November to hang on your front door. Add a fall rug and you’ll be all done deciding how to decorate your front porch for fall.  

No matter how you choose how to decorate for fall, whether you want one-size-fits-all decor for the whole season or you want holiday-specific pieces every month, the options are endless—and endlessly festive!