How to Decorate For Fall Like a Professional

our best professional decorating tips for Cozy fall décor

Decorate for fall like a pro with these designer tips. The Design Twins share their best advice for seasonal decorating & tons of inspiration in their Fall Home Tour. Let’s jump right in.

Welcome to our Fall Home Tour. We are so glad you are here. Jodie and I couldn’t be more excited. Fall is a season full of opportunity and fresh starts, a return to the home, a celebration of family, traditions, and the start of the holiday season. There’s no better way to welcome the new season than with a fresh look in your home. Fresh fall decor helps us, our friends and our families fully embrace and savor the moments of life. We can’t wait to inspire you with our decor and empower you with our best tips so you too can decorate for fall like a professional. If you missed our Fall Home Tour from last year, check out Jodie’s Fall Home and Julie’s Fall Home. 

Let’s get started on our tour.

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Phase 1: Inspiration to Decorate for Fall

The great news? You’re already working like a pro. High five friends. By simply being here, you are actively involved in our recommended first step. And this is how the pros do it too. We seek inspiration constantly. Jodie and I first began our Instagram journeys doing just this. It is so convenient to have virtually endless sources of easily accessible inspiration available to us. We like to mix it up and look for ideas everywhere, IG, decor blogs like ours, sites like, magazines, HGTV, and on and on. We love getting real-life ideas too, whether it’s visiting a friend’s home, attending an open house or a new model home. Ideas are everywhere.

decorate for fall in your front entryway with sunflower door baskets and wreaths

Phase 2: Create a Theme

This step is all-important. Without a theme your decor can end up feeling hodge-podge or cluttered. A theme provides cohesion and will also help direct your decisions. It actually makes decorating easier if you choose a theme first. This step is tough but essential. It’s time to make choices.

decorate for fall with wreaths and pumpkins

decorate for fall with natural decor and warm colors like orange and rust

A theme can be based on a mood or style and is usually defined specifically by a color scheme. It can determine choices in elements, textures, as well as your colors. For example, I created my theme by giving it a title: Farmhouse Traditional. Farmhouse is the overriding style and helps determine the types of elements I am going to choose. Adding “traditional” to my definition helped me choose the color theme, that of traditional fall colors (vs. neutral or the new modern greens etc.).

Decorate for Fall with farmhouses dough bowl and candle sconces

Phase 3: Evaluation

Now that I’ve made some decisions and have a general framework in my head it’s time to get organized.

  • Step 1: Look at your home and your current decor. Figure out what you definitely want to keep and what can be removed (or reworked, moved, painted, swapped out etc.)
  • Step 2: Take away everything that says summer (or is specific to the past season)
  • Step 3: Take out all your fall decor so it is all visible and evaluate what you have, what you like/don’t like. Determine your possibilities.
  • Step 4: Make piles during this phase. If I find something that I haven’t used in several years, I get rid of it. Have a bag for trash and a bag for Good Will (or your favorite charity). Too much clutter can inhibit your decorating, not to mention take up valuable storage.


perfect lighting for every season with medieval style chandelier

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Phase 4: Decorate for Fall

Pro tips to remember as you decorate:

  1. This is the fun part. Try to focus on one area or one room at a time. Everything is connected so sometimes I will move around the house, but I try to focus mainly on one space at a time.
  2. As you decorate you will probably get ideas of things you wish you had. Try to find substitutes where possible (think outside the box). Sometimes, these problem-solving situations are where I come up with my best decor ideas.

decorate for fall with neutral and rustic elements

More Pro Tips:

  1. If you don’t find a way to create your vision with what you already own create your shopping list as you go.
  2. If you get stuck take a break and return to your inspiration sources to help unlock new ideas. Take ideas you like and make them your own by putting your own spin on it.
  3. Have fun during this creative phase. Try not to feel pressure. Hopefully, you don’t have a time crunch so you can let this phase evolve over time, days, even weeks.

decorate for fall with warm colors and farmhouse details

I like to think of decorating as “play.” Many times, I don’t know if I will like something until I try it.

When I decorate there is a lot of trial and error. Sometimes I try something and I’m not sure about it, and it will evolve over several days, until I finally get a breakthrough and solve it.

Decorating is a visual puzzle. You are in charge. There are no real right or wrong answers. You really have to please only your own aesthetic. Let that freedom empower you to explore what you love. Your aesthetic will evolve as you decorate.

Fall Decorating with pillows wreaths and warm colors on bench

Decorate for Fall: Levels of Decor Swapping

Everyone has a different level of seasonal decor swapping (as you may or may not have noticed).

Some people do nothing from season to season. Actually, when my children were babies I did very little. I had no time and much more pressing matters to attend to.

seasonally decorate with new pillows and cozy seating

One key focal pillow can make all the difference.


When swapping our seasonal decor what level are you?

  • 1st level: You swap out candles, pillows, small decor items, front door decor. This is most people.
  • 2nd level: You also change out wall hangings, art, bedding. You’re definitely seriously dedicated to decorating.
  • 3rd level: In addition, you might find yourself changing out curtains, rugs, and even some furniture. Ok, girl, the addiction is real.

Of course, there is no right or wrong, simply a personal preference.

I was a level two for a long time and never even considered changing out such items as curtains or rugs until I witnessed some decorators changing out items I viewed as “permanent.”

It was a bit of a lightbulb moment to realize how taking down a set of curtains was not actually difficult and could really allow for a new look to more easily evolve.

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decorate for fall with farmhouse elements


fall home tour decorating tips with pumpkins and waco texas clock

Decorate for Fall: Let’s Talk Color

No discussion of decorating is complete without discussing color. Color is one of the most powerful elements in decor.

Rule of Three’s

I don’t like “rules” in decor per se, but one rule I stick to is this:

Limit any space to three colors.

Any more is very difficult to pull off successfully. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a mix of hues of the same color. I love mixing a variety of hues. I think it adds interest.

decorate for fall with color and warm tones

decorate for fall with a woodern horse

Color Ratios

Color is how you create cohesion in a space and tie it all together.

A great guide is the 60, 30, ten rule of color proportions:

60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent color, which ensures balance in the room with just enough pop for interest.

decorate for fall with pillows and neutral whites

decorate for fall with neutrals and pumpkins in your family room

Mix Warm and Cool

Another way to make even a neutral room very interesting is to mix warm and cool colors.

For example, a room mixing cool gray and warm beige while being soft and neutral is still exciting because of the warm/cool mix.

decorate for fall with traditional elements like mums and sunflowers


professional decor tips for fall front porch with mums and sunflowers

Take Existing Colors into Account

When decorating for a season be sure to take your existing colors into account.

Wall color and furniture colors that will remain need to work with your seasonal decor for your spaces to feel inviting and not overwhelming.

This is why I choose white walls and mostly neutral furniture. I like to change out the colors in my seasonal decor and my neutral background allows me a lot of flexibility.

decorate for fall hall entryway decoraing

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Decorate for Fall and Have Fun

Here’s our best advice: Enjoy the process. If it feels like a chore we say, take a break. Decorating should be gratifying, fun, and add joy to your life. The process should feel like playtime and not something to cross off your lengthy to do list. We hope that these simple tips make your fall decorating a labor of love.

Cheers to loving your home and loving your life.

Many blessings,

jodie & julie

We sure hope you are enjoying the Fall Home Tour Blog Hop. We know you are going to be beyond inspired by her fabulous fall home decorating ideas. Be sure to visit all the blogs along the tour. You won’t want to miss any of these beautiful homes.

Tamara  Citrine Living

Kathleen  Lindsay Hill Interiors

Ashley  Modern Glam Home

Amy  Crazy Chic Design

Kim & Lacey  Styled With Lace

Summer   Summer Adams

Janine  Happy Happy Nester

Mysha  Remington Avenue

Sheila  Maison de Cinq

Martha  Simple Cozy Charm

Amie  Meme Hill

Laila  Designs by Laila

Gloribell  I Don’t Know How She Does It

Joan  2 Ladies and a Chair

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  1. Martha says:

    I adore the baskets on the front doors!! Beautifully done gals. Great tips always!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Martha, Thank you so much for joining us on our Fall Tour! Sharing inspiration is a joy and an honor. Happy Fall! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  2. Mysha says:

    Beautiful tour ladies. I love all the layers of fall colors and textures. Loving the porch too!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Mysha, Thank you so much for those kind words. We are super excited to be connected on the Fall Tour! We love sharing ideas and inspiration in this way. It’s an additional blessing to the whole process…now I have so many ideas I want to start all over haha! With love, Julie & Jodie

  3. Summer Adams says:

    Oh my goodness!!! What a fabulous tour! Loving all the inspiration you girls shared. That piano room, Julie…that just took my breath away! I enjoyed this so much and love everything y’all share! Hugs and Happiest Fall wishes!!! xoxoxo

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Yay Summer! What a joy to be once again connecting! We miss you, Girlie! We know your summer has been full to overflowing but we are hoping it’s all good things. We are so glad you love the living room makeover especially. Your love and support means so much! Right back atcha! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  4. Janine says:

    Hey girlfriends!
    What a fabulous post! Your fall decor is perfect and I now have porch envy! Your photo created a huge need to go out and round up some Crysthanimums! Lovely fall tour and all your helpful decorating tips are awesome!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw Janine, You are the sweetest! Mutual love and respect all around! You inspire both of us so much and it is truly a deep pleasure to think we inspire you as well. You are a blessing to us, dear friend! With love, Julie & Jodie

  5. ashley says:

    I love this great guide to decorating! It can be so overwhelming to decorate for the seasons. You always do such a fab job!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Ashley, Thank you, Sweetheart, for your kind and supportive reply. Our goal is to make decorating easier and more attainable for everyone. We always hope our tips can help people have those breakthrough “ah-hah” moments where they gain the confidence to really enjoy the decorating process. Happy decorating! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  6. Barb Smith says:

    Really enjoyed this blog! Lots of helpful tips!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Welcome to our blog, Barb! We are truly happy you are here! We hope you’ll make visiting us a fun “habit”! And we are delighted you found our decorating tips helpful. It is so gratifying to hear. Happy Decorating! With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  7. Kim Hazel says:

    what a fabulous tour! such great tips and i love your use of more traditional colors without being to themey!

    kim & lacey

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Kim & Lacey,
      Thank you for your sweet support. Your compliments are much appreciated. To be genuinely well-received by one’s peers is so important, and we feel that from you. Thank you! With love & admiration, Julie & Jodie

  8. Kellie says:

    What a beautiful post! I love all the colorful mums!! Happy Fall

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Kellie, Thank you, Sweetheart, for your kind words. We appreciate your love and support…it means the world to us. Cheers to continued joy along our mutual paths! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  9. Jean C. says:

    This was so helpful! I will force myself to put away the seashells and replace them with fall accent items. And now I have an excuse to get more pillows and fall-themed vases. I’m definitely at Level 1 Swapping Out, but I can still have a lot of fun making some changes. I just need to find a fall color palette to go with my lime-green chairs. It’s doable, right?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Jean, Yes, anything and everything is possible! We are so glad you joined us for the fall tour. And we are extra happy that you got some take-aways from the post. Happy decorating, Sweet Friend! With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  10. Tamara says:

    Ladies, I cannot tell you how fabulous this all is! What great advice! I agree with you wholeheartedly – it’s all about trial and error and going with what you love! I think I’m a level 3 by the way, haha. Gorgeous decorating and brilliant tips! So fun touring with you, as always!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw Tamara, That means so much coming from you! What a true honor it is to be touring with you this fall! We hope we have many more opportunities to join forces 🙂 And yes, level 3, Girlfriend, haha! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  11. LOL – I use to be a #3 decorator then got older and became a #2 but only during fall. Maybe because it’s to much work to put the fall up that Christmas gets less treatment. Love love this post. And your pictures. Everything is beautiful!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Cindy, It’s true, after the “rest” of the summer months us decorators are raring to go for fall…but the fast pace from here all the way through December can make us taper back from decorating overload. The key is to do what you want and let go of any feeling of obligation. We hope you continue to enjoy our blog because we sure love having you. Blessings to you, Sweet Friend. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  12. WOW!! This post is loaded with inspiration. Thank you so much girls!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Marie, Gosh, you are so welcome, sweet friend! We thank you for coming to our blog and your generous support. So glad you enjoyed our fall tour. Lots more to come! Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  13. Joan says:

    Jodie & Julie I so love your tour! And will take your advice…I’m terrible at getting rid of old unused decor! Your decorating is spot on perfection, and your joy comes through in your beautiful designs! So fun doing this blog hop with both of you!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Joan, Your reply is so so sweet! Thank you, darling friend. We feel the same way about you! You’re so inspiring and doing the tour together really adds to our joy! With love and gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  14. Chicki Montezuma says:

    Makes me want to go home and pull out my Fall Décor and start decorating. Great Job Twins, great job!!!.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Well Chicki, that’s exactly the kind of response we were looking for! Our work here is done, haha! That’s so fun! We really hope you take our tips and some of the ideas here and let them fuel your creativity so you can enjoy your fall decorating more than ever. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  15. Sheila Irwin says:

    Girls this is just so perfectly, quintessentially “fall”! I love the classic colors, the sunflowers, and the porch looks amazing!!

    And as always, it’s fun to be hopping with you again:)


    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Sheila, haha YES! Fun to be “hopping” with you…love that! We love collaborating with you and value your sweet friendship as a true blessing along this journey. Together is better 🙂 Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  16. Marci says:

    So pretty ladies!! Love the buffalo check and the leaves on the ground by the front door!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you Marci! We are so grateful for your amazing love and support. It truly means the world to us. What a dream to one day meet face to face, but we have that dream. God bless you, Sweet Friend, Love, Julie & Jodie

  17. Amie Freling says:

    Hi Ladies! As usual you never disappoint us with your unending inspiration! There is no doubt that Fall has found its way into your beautiful homes. I am especially excited to see the house that you purchased while we were shopping together. Much love and have a wonderful September. xo

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Amie, Thank you dear one! We are so excited to be touring together. Meeting and spending time together this summer was incredibly special. We can say, “We’ll always have Snohomish!” I read your reply, which says, “…especially excited to see the house that you purchased while we were together this summer…” hahah…I was like, wait, what house? Did I forget about a house I purchased? Is my shopping/memory getting that out of control??? haha. I figured out you meant “horse” but not before I had a moment. Thanks for making me smile extra big today! Love you, Julie & Jodie

  18. Chris says:

    Lots of great ideas and thanks for the step by step design approaches. Thanks!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Chris, Thank you so much for stopping by our blog. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the step by step tips. We try hard to not only inspire with our photos but to always add something of value, some nuggets to take away that make your visit to our blog really worthwhile. We hope you’ll come back often to visit and that you continue to find inspiratioin. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  19. Sheila says:

    I love all your help and designs thank you.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Dear Sheila,
      You are so welcome! Isn’t so nice to receive a sweet and happy note of gratitude. We pour a lot of effort into our blog and to hear from you makes it all worthwhile. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  20. Tracie says:

    Great advice! Our house is small, and I do have small storage that goes with a small house, so my goal this year was to donate a lot of clutter and things I carried over from apartments that do not fit the house style. I like more subtle style anyway, so donations helped me pare down to things I LOVE and not things I dislike or even merely just like. I want the home to only have our favorite things. I decorated after donating in a more subtle way for fall, and I am happier with the atmosphere of the home and how the season feels. Clutter can be cute things but too many cute things are still clutter. Subtle, special items work better here, and using color more than knickknacks set the right tone. It looks like fall here, but I tried to be restrained, which works better here anyway.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We love your ideas about paring down and getting rid of extra clutter, especially when you’re living in a small space. Having too much can make a small space feel even smaller. Sounds like you’ve done a lot of work getting rid of. I’m sure your home is lovely with all your work and effort. So glad you’re reading our blog and hopefully getting useful ideas. Blessings to you, Julie & Jodie

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