How to Transform a Modern Home for Fall Decor

This is the first year I’ve decorated my house for fall.  I have always loved decorating for Christmas, but something about the autumn color palette has always intimidated me.  The problem?  Well…let’s just say that I describe my house as an Ikea showroom…and everything is black, white, and gray.  Do you see the dilemma?!  Of course silver and teal go with that color palette for a lovely winter wonderland.  But how in the world is one supposed to introduce browns, beiges, oranges, greens, yellows, and creams into that?!  It was a little stressful for awhile.  Then, it hit me as I glanced at the black Zara dress with the brown belt that my husband bought me.  Brown and black are no longer enemies and actually work together quite well!  Forget that they don’t match because these days you can make almost anything coordinate!

Pumpkin as fall home decor on Haute|31

So, here are the before and afters of my little Ikea showroom’s transformation from modern to a medley of autumn.  I started with the side table, and chose to stick with a running theme to tie everything together: pumpkin & burlap.  I also used green as a recurring accent color.  The whole house turned out pretty lovely if I do say so myself!  Some elements like pinecones and leaves could be gathered from outdoors or purchased at a craft store.  I got all my pumpkins, squash, and wheat from Publix.  The tree stumps were cut from an actual tree.

Side Table Decor Before & After Collage from Haute|31

Then, the coffee table.  It is usually home to a lovely candle and the remote controls.  I decided to decorate all contained within one basket so it could easily be moved for holiday gatherings.

And lastly, I tackled the dining room table.

Home Decor Collage from Haute|31

The place settings were so easy!  The plates I got from Target and Homegoods, the napkins from Homegoods, and the silverware was a gift.

Simple Fall Place Settings from Haute|31

Don’t worry, I didn’t leave you hanging.  Those cute candles on top of the tree stumps didn’t come like that.  I’ve got the post for this simple DIY project here.

Home Decor Collage showing fall home decor from Haute|31

I didn’t stop with inside the house, either!  I did a front door makeover, too!  So don’t be worried to mix black with brown or modern with traditional.  Chances are, if you like the two together, they go together and are a great reflection of your style.

Have you ever tried a new decor style and fallen in love with it?


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