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2021 Fall Decorating Tips

Hello all, it has been a fabulous summer, but I am ready for the changing of the season. My kids are having their first days back to school and it feels ​​like fall (well, because it is). I don't know about you, but in August, I would walk into stores and see the isles littered with pumpkins and skulls and all things fall-decorating-related. I’d walk into Starbucks to get a cup of coffee and see pumpkin spice lattes displayed on the menu board. Let me tell you, I was not ready to accept the changing of the season then. However, with the onset of the cool weather, my kids back in school, and the leaves starting to change just ever so slightly, I'm ready to tackle some fall decorating.

Here are some tips to help you keep your home decor on point this fall!


When it comes to decorating your home, especially if you tend to lean towards a minimalist feel, less is definitely better than more. For instance, in the picture below, I went with a small wreath to bring out the seasonal feel, while also allowing my kitchen design to speak for itself. I mixed in some seasonal towels, small dollar store trinkets (remember, too much orange is a bad thing in my opinion), and more neutral tones, and found my decorations complimenting my space, not overpowering it.

Being a designer can be tricky this time of year ;).

We find ourselves looking at holiday decorations and thinking, “Wow it’s cool and all, but way too kitschy or tacky.” I'm not sure if it's all the orange or the witches or over-done corn stocks.... maybe a combination of all of the above?

So here is what we do....

When picking out your decorations, it’s always better to plan around what’s already existing in your space. You’ll see some of my (Aidan) finds pictured below. For example, with my typewriter, when a small decoration is added, my everyday decor starts to nod at the holidays and the colour changes to come. A little orange owl may not scream fall to you, but it's cute (I am a sucker for cute animals) and it adds a touch of the theme colour to tie into the rest of the room.

Some other finds I came across this year include some orange-tinted lanterns, black skulls (yes, you can have too many, so be warned), and fairly neutral coloured pumpkin. When all of these are planned-out, they help add to the feel of my home and don’t take away from it.

The moral of the story is… Design with your space in mind, not around it.

You can see below how little changes can make a big difference when it comes to holiday decorating!

So rule of thumb....

1) Less is more. Start small.

2) Decorate with your exisiting decor in mind. Compliment, not overhaul.

3) Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte to drink while decorating or light a fall scented candle. It's an easy way to get into the FALL mood.

Show us your stuff!

Tag us @acinteriorsdesign on any of your fall decorating instagram posts. We'd love to answer any questions or compliment your designs.

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