Kitchen interior will fall decor, including basket of pumpkins and leaves.

7 Inexpensive And Easy Fall Home Decor Ideas For 2022

Katie Ziraldo4-Minute Read
August 16, 2022

At the first sign of a chill in the air, it’s time to grab your storage bins and stow away your summer decor, because the fall season is officially upon us!

The season of reconnecting with family and recharging in your home creates the perfect opportunity to give your indoor and outdoor decorations a little refresh. But with many homeowners facing hefty bills and expenses due to inflationary pressures, spending an arm and a leg on store-bought seasonal decor may not be in the budget this year.

If this sounds familiar, don’t fret! You don’t need an upscale decorating budget to pull off a cozy or spooky autumn aesthetic. In this article, we’re sharing our favorite simple, inexpensive fall decor ideas.

Why Fall Decor Is A DIYer’s Dream

DIY decor can be a great option for any season – allowing homeowners to get crafty while transforming their space. But especially in autumn, as the leaves change and fall, the abundance of natural resources makes creating eye-catching displays even simpler to make.

So this fall, consider gathering family or friends and going for a walk in the woods with a bag or basket to collect some of the natural elements you’ll need for your DIY projects, then decorate the home together with your finds!

How Fall Decor Can Help You Sell Your Home

Did you know the autumn selling season is historically the second-best season for home sales? If you’re looking to sell, staging your home for the fall may help you find a buyer.

Start with the exterior of your house. Your home’s curb appeal, what prospective buyers can see from the street, serves as the first impression of your home – so a few pumpkins, some fall florals or a freshly painted front door can go a long way. But staging the interior of your home can help too – especially if the cozy, comfortable decor evokes an emotional response in prospective buyers.

Selling your home?

Work with a real estate agent who knows your local market.

7 Fall Home Decor Ideas For 2022

Rest assured: Advanced crafting skills aren’t typically required to DIY your home decor. Depending on the aesthetic you’re seeking, the natural elements of the fall season can be arranged in lavish or minimalist displays, so use your imagination and get creative with it.

But if you’re struggling to know where to start, check out our favorite affordable fall decorating ideas.

Pinecones And Acorns

An assortment of pinecones, acorns, and pumpkins on a wooden table next to some candles.

Pinecones are sometimes used for winter decor, but they can also be a great option for autumn! Pinecones and acorns are plentiful in the fall season and can be placed in bowls and vases, added to wreaths and garland or even spray painted for a more unique, less rustic look.

Vines And Fall Foliage

Vines of fall leaves in white living room.

Fall foliage can be a source for endless DIY decor ideas. As a bonus, there will be no shortage of leaves in your yard, making this an incredibly inexpensive decor option. This fall, consider swapping out flowers for leaves and vines. Of course, real leaves will need replacing, but fake leaves are also affordable.

And if you’re looking to take this a step beyond simply placing a branch in a vase, consider enhancing your fall decor by placing leaves inside a picture frame or cloche, or hanging a natural-looking vine or garland.

Pumpkins and Gourds

Small wooden tray near window holding pumpkins.

When you think of fall, pumpkins and gourds may be some of the first things that come to mind. These timeless classics can be found in a variety of sizes and colors in most supermarkets throughout the fall season.

So, if orange pumpkins won’t match your home’s aesthetic, you can always choose to embrace the popular mutant albino white pumpkins for more restrained displays or consider painting your pumpkins and gourds to create new and interesting color palettes!

Centerpieces And Mantels

Small sign centerpiece that says 'hello fall' in cursive font.

Fireplace mantels and table centerpieces can create eye-catching focal points in your space. And the beauty is that these arrangements don’t have to be expensive – they can easily be created with the natural elements we’ve mentioned thus far or even with items you already have laying around the house.

Look in your garden for inspiration if you decide to use flowers or consider searching for antiques in your basement to create a vintage look. You can also take a minimalist approach by stacking pumpkins on top of a few books!

Fall Wreaths And Flowers

Person crafting a fall themed wreath.

By now your summer flowers have probably shriveled up and faded, so update your garden (or your porch) by adding flowers with seasonal fall colors! There are several affordable plants that thrive in chilly weather and require low maintenance, including mums and pansies.

And for fall wreaths you have even more options. Flowers, leaves, pinecones and even acorns are all commonly used in DIY wreath arrangements.

Fabrics And Textiles

Person crafting a fabric pumpkin.

With the weather getting colder, blankets and throws are a must – but why limit yourself to just one? Blankets come in many textures from fleece to faux fur and cotton, so mixing fabrics and textiles is a fast and easy way to take your home from cold to cozy. But fabric can also be used to create other home decor, like DIY fabric pumpkins.

Porches And Outdoor Spaces

Porch of a home with a red door and decorated with pumpkins and fall leaves.

Get a professional opinion.

Find local interior decorators to help on HomeAdvisor.

Last but not least, think about extending your fall display beyond the interior of your home. Your outdoor spaces, from your front porch to your back patio, can also benefit from an autumn makeover. Stacking pumpkins, hanging a wreath or stringing some garland can easily transform your porch and add curb appeal to your property!

Don’t Forget: Halloween Is Right Around The Corner

Person holding a freshly carved jack-o-lantern above table.

When the fall season arrives, All Hallows’ Eve isn’t far behind – so be strategic about your fall decor to ensure it won’t need to be swapped out just a few weeks later. Many of your fall decorations, like browning leaves and cornstalks, can actually serve as a great backdrop for your Halloween decorations!

The Bottom Line: Bring Nature Into Your Home This Fall

Turning your home into the most festive-looking house on the block doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Prepare your seasonal look by incorporating warm tones, textures and natural elements in your fall decor.

By using these easily attainable, natural touches alongside widely available produce like gourds and pumpkins, you can yield a striking seasonal display in your home without breaking the bank.

To discover other ways to transform your home, check out our Homeowner Guide for more homeowner tips and tricks!

Need extra cash for home improvement?

Use your home equity for a cash-out refinance.

NMLS #3030

Katie Ziraldo

Katie Ziraldo found her love of writing through her experience working with various newspapers, such as the Detroit Free Press. Her financial literacy stems from her four years as a Recruiter, when she learned the details of every role in the mortgage process. As a writer, she uses that knowledge to create relevant content for homeowners to help them reach their goals.