Simple Fall Aesthetic (Ideas to Decorate Your Home)

Welcome friends!  Can you believe the fall season is almost here?!!  To celebrate, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for our 2023 Fall Home Tours hosted by the lovely, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life.  This week, you’re going to have the opportunity to visit 25 homes for tons of fall decorating ideas!  At the bottom of this blog post, you can see the full list of participating bloggers.  Obviously, you’ll want to stop back each day so you don’t miss any fall inspiration!  For my contribution, I hope to inspire you with my simple fall aesthetic featuring navy blue and neutrals!

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Fall Home Tours:

Fall Decorating Ideas from 25 Home Decor Bloggers…

Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from Amy Sadler Designs!  As you probably can tell, Amy is super talented with DIY, paint projects and decorating.  So, I’m sure you loved her beautiful fall home tour!

Front porch decorated with mums and pumpkins - fall aesthetic ideas

As I mentioned above, when you’re finished here, remember to visit the links at the end of this post to put you in the autumn mood!

Now, let’s get started with my stop on the tour…

Since it’s been way too warm for pumpkins and mums, I haven’t started decorating my porch yet.  So today, we’ll start at the front door…

Though, if you’d like some fall porch inspiration right away, take a look at how I decorated my porch in a previous year.

Welcome to my fall home tour!

To welcome guests (and you), I hung a colorful fall wreath on my door.

In my decorating stash, I have a few fall wreaths that I rotate from year to year.  Last year, I decorated with mostly neutrals so I hung a faux wheat wreath on my door.  This year, I added more color in my rooms so I brought out my colorful wreath.

Fall wreath on black front door open to foyer - fall aesthetic ideas

If you don’t want to store a bunch of wreaths, consider buying a neutral colored wreath and then tying a ribbon around it to match your decor.  That’s what I usually do with my Christmas wreath each year.

Fall Aesthetic in the Dining Room:

Navy blue as a background for fall decor…

Before we head back to my kitchen and family room, let’s make a quick stop in my navy blue dining room.  (Yes, this is the beginning of all the navy blue you’ll see on this fall tour). Even though we don’t use this room as often as others, I still like to dress it up with a few seasonal touches.  This time of year, the sun streams through the windows in the late afternoon making it extra inviting.  On cooler days, we open the windows to enjoy the early fall breezes…ahh fall!

Open bay windows in navy blue dining room

As far as fall decorating goes, I kept it super simple with a centerpiece of hydrangeas from my yard.  Even though my hydrangea bushes are bursting with blooms, I haven’t cut too many for bouquets yet.  One year, I went crazy cutting stems and filling my home with hydrangea bouquets all over the place.

Hydrangeas in white pitcher on dining room table - fall aesthetic ideas

Somehow, I managed to restrain myself this year.  If you want to see that early fall tour with hydrangeas, be sure to read – Early Fall Decorating Ideas (Simple Vignettes with Flowers).

Fall Aesthetic in the Kitchen and Family Room:

Coordinate open concept rooms…

As I mentioned, you’ll be seeing some navy blue as part of my fall aesthetic.  Since my kitchen and family room are open to one another, I like to carry the same color scheme through both rooms. 

Open concept kitchen and family room with wood floors and blue and white curtain panels.

For the past few years, I’ve had the blue and white curtain panels on my sliding doors.  In my opinion, the curtains add just the right amount of color to my white kitchen.  They also work beautifully with fall colors like the mustard yellow and golden hues I added to my kitchen.

Wood console table with baskets and white pitchers - fall aesthetic ideas

And blue and white also works with earthy tones and neutrals as well.  If your fall aesthetic learns more towards neutrals, remember to layer in the textures and natural elements.  You can’t go wrong when you decorate with nature!

White pumpkin on plate stack next to books on shelf with baskets - fall aesthetic ideas

On my shelves, I color coordinate my stack of cookbooks with my seasonal color scheme. Each year, I challenge myself to use what I have when decorating. In the past, I’ve also covered books in burlap and wrapping paper to coordinate them.

White pitchers and fall decor on seagrass tray - fall aesthetic ideas

Decorating staples like trays and white pitchers look great in every season.  For some extra color, I like to layer in a cloth napkin in my color palette.  In the past, I’ve also used scarves and even a beach sarong…practically nothing is off limits!

White pitchers with yellow stems on seagrass tray - fall aesthetic photos

When decorating, it can be fun to challenge shop your home…or your closet!

Fall Aesthetic in the Family Room:

Navy blue and neutrals…

Since I already had some navy blue in my family room, (area rug and lamp), I added a few more items and then mixed in some neutrals.

Family room with plantation shutters, sectional sofa, wood floors and blue rug - fall aesthetic ideas.

Recently, I purchased the camel colored suede pillow covers to use for the fall season.  Whenever I can, I try to switch out pillow covers instead of buying new throw pillows.  They are so much easier to store!  

Coffee table with rattan tray in front of sectional and plantation shutters - fall decorating

Originally, I was going to also get new covers for the largest pillows but ended up liking how the blue and white looked with the camel.  Plus, the leaf print on them works fine for fall!  

Navy blue and brown pillows and blue and white pumpkin on rattan tray - fall aesthetic

Normally, I don’t add many pumpkins this early in the season but these neutrals and my painted pumpkin seemed to blend in well.  With the hot temperatures we’ve been experiencing, I don’t think I’ll be heading to the pumpkin patch any time soon!

Blue and white items with fall decor in dough bowl on coffee table

Since I tried to shop my house for most of my fall decor this year, I struggled a bit with my mantel.  In the past, I’ve used most of those items at one time or another so I had a hard time thinking of an original look.  When all else fails, layer some artwork over a mirror and add a few natural elements!

Family room with stone fireplace decorated for fall

Sometimes, simple is best I guess!  Since I wanted to carry some of the navy up to the mantel, I brought out the still life.  It definitely gives off a traditional vibe but since the whole “quiet luxury” look is trending, I guess I’m trendy now!

Stone fireplace with artwork, greenery and mirror on rustic wood mantel - fall aesthetic ideas

Once again, you can’t go wrong with a wheat wreath when decorating for fall!  This little one is also a great size to use as a base for a centerpiece.  

Mirror, artwork and wheat wreath leaning on rustic wood mantel - fall home decor

For more fall fireplace mantel ideas, here are a few from previous years:

What’s fall without buffalo checks and plaids?  After all, it’s the season where every article seems to mention that we’re all “mad for plaid”.  Is it just me or is plaid trendy every fall?  Maybe I’m just old…haha.

wood coffee table in front of sectional sofa with navy blue accessories - fall aesthetic ideas

While planning my coffee table decor, I thought about using my buffalo check table runner under the rattan tray.  But of course, I couldn’t find it so I had to get creative.  Since I was able to find the matching placemats, I simply lined them up under the tray to look like a table runner.  You’d never know, would you?

Anyway, I was excited to also bring out my navy blue plaid pillow cover this year…because of course, I’m “mad for plaid”…  Unfortunately, the exact pillow cover is discontinued but here are a bunch more styles to choose from.

Speaking of pillows, I just love layering in a cute pumpkin pillow here and there…

White pumpkin pillow and navy blue pillow on white plaid chair - fall aesthetic ideas

If you’re looking for a similar pumpkin pillow, I think I bought mine at Homegoods.  Apparently, Pottery Barn is already sold out of their’s but I did find these inexpensive ones. Even though the stems are a little different than mine, they are still cute and come in a variety of colors.  If you wanted, you could always wrap the stem in twine for more of a similar look.  And if you are super-creative, you could probably find some cozy sweaters at a thrift store and create your own fabric pumpkin pillow!

Fall Aesthetic in the Kitchen:

Neutrals with a touch of navy blue…

As we step back into the kitchen, you can see that I continued my fall color scheme from the other rooms.

White kitchen cabinets and corner fall vignette

Most of the time, this bar area becomes a dumping ground for mail and Amazon packages.  Don’t we all have spaces like that?  Well to deter the clutter, I freshened up the spot with a Parisian print matted in navy blue alongside a “proper” crystal beverage tray.  We’ll see how long it stays this neat.

Blue and white pitcher with yellow stems on tray next to navy blue artwork - fall aesthetic ideas

As we head over to the kitchen dining table, you’ll see that I leaned into the yellows, browns and tans.  I love the way the neutrals look with all the white.  If you look hard, you can spot a tiny bit of navy blue here and there.  I’m sure I’ll add more when I tweak things…like I always do!

Kitchen dining table decorated for fall with neutrals

Once again, I went with a lot of texture…rattan, seagrass, hazelnuts.

Neutral fall table with natural elements and white plates

In a bright white kitchen, a little fall color can go a long way.

white kitchen with stained wood island and rush seat counter stools - fall aesthetic

With some wheat bundles and touches of greenery, my stove mantel is dressed up for fall without looking overdone.

White kitchen decorated for fall with wheat and sunflowers - simple fall aesthetic

For some reason, I have an easier time decorating this spot than my fireplace mantel.  Maybe because everything looks good against white cabinets…who knows.  

White stove mantel decorated with wheat and greenery for fall

From the neutral decor to some more touches of navy blue, I think my kitchen is ready for fall!

Sunflowers, candle and greenery on round wooden tray on kitchen island - fall aesthetic ideas

If you’re trying to create a cozy fall aesthetic in your home, I hope some of my ideas inspired you!

Open concept kitchen and family room with stone fireplace decorated for fall

Thanks for stopping by to see my fall home tour!

If you’re following along in order, The House on Silverado is next on the list.  Today, Niky is sharing some simple and cozy ideas for fall to inspire you!  Enjoy!

This week, please remember to come back each day to tour another group of homes!

Monday Sept. 11

A Stroll Thru LifePeacock Ridge FarmEleanor Rose HomeWorthing CourtSouthern Home and Hospitality.

Tuesday Sept. 12

Decor To AdoreDIY BeautifyAmy Sadler DesignsCalypso in the CountryThe House on Silverado

Wednesday Sept. 13

StoneGableMy Wee AbodeThrifty and ChicChalking Up SuccessPasha is HomeThistle Key Lane

Thursday Sept. 14

Our Southern Home Whispering Pines HomesteadFollow The Yellow Brick HomeCounty Road 407She Gave It A Go – The Tattered Pew

Friday Sept. 15

White Arrows HomeWhite Lilac FarmhouseMidwest Life and Style


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  1. Shelley – you hit this one out of the park! I love it all – it’s perfectly done. Keeping it all light and simple makes your home feel so comfortable and welcoming! I love all the navy (I’m storing that idea away for the future!) and how well you’ve mixed it with white, neutrals and textures. Your coffee table “runner” is genius and so resourceful! And your hydrangeas are so pretty. I’m still working on my fall decorating (life sometimes just gets in the way!), so thank you for the inspiration and all the fall beauty!

    1. Thank you Kristine! Your comment made my day! This year I really tried to mostly use what I owned so I’m flattered that you like how it turned out!

  2. I love it all. The colors are so muted and understated, so totally my style. I love how you’ve kept your decor to a minimum with just enough to introduce fall, but still leave room to breath. I am into less is more this year. Each space seems so welcoming and inviting. Thanks so much for joining the tour again this season, I loved seeing your Fall Decor.

    1. Thanks so much Marty! I know you can appreciate the neutrals. Thanks for your lovely comment and of course for hosting us all!

  3. Shelley, your home looks gorgeous as usual. I love your beautiful blue rug and your kitchen is always so pretty. I feel you with the Hydrangeas, this year is the first that I’ve managed to dry some of my Annabelle flowers while they were still in the green phase and I’ve used them everywhere as well haha! Great touring with you again!

    1. Thanks so much Jayne! I totally understand wanting to display the flowers everywhere! So nice to tour with you again!

  4. Shelley, of course I love all the blue 😉 It adds so much energy to the warmer colors of Fall! Your little vignettes are so pretty and I can’t get enough of those hydrangeas! I would have them everywhere lol! Happy Fall friend, so fun touring with you again!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! So nice to hear you enjoyed the tour – a cozy and relaxed feel is what I was going for! Great to tour with you again!

  5. So many great fall decor tips with navy and neutrals. Shelley. Great minds think alike… I faked my runner on my dining room table, too! 😉 I would have never known had you not said something!

  6. Absolutely beautiful Shelley. Love the color combo. What I keep thinking about is the way the light and breeze must be so fabulous in your dining room. I’m looking forward to opening the windows but that means I get to clean up all the bugs. no fun. Hope you enjoy all your decor as you sit and look around. It’s really very lovely and inviting.

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! Yes, the breeze always seems to come from that direction so I open those windows every chance I get!

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