How to Decorate Your Neo-Traditional Home for Fall


The leaves are falling and autumn is calling! That means it’s time to start decorating your Brunswick Crossing home for the fall. 

Our neo-traditional homes from Dan Ryan Builders look fantastic all of the time, but when dressed in fall decor with the leaves changing colors, they’re truly a sight to behold. 

Sure, there’s a lot to do outside in the fall — pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, etc. But you can welcome the fall with open arms and bring the beauty of the season right to you without even leaving your neo-traditional home. 

So what are you waiting for? Fall is in full swing already, and we’re here to help you get into the seasonal spirit by sharing some of our favorite fall decorating ideas.

Welcome Your Guests

You can welcome your holiday guests and the season right at your front door. All of our neo-traditional models like the Jefferson II, Clemson II, Monroe II, and Wesley II have beautifully designed front porches that are perfect for fall decorations. 

A good place to start is adding a wreath made of seasonal items such as dried foliage, harvest berries, plastics pumpkins, etc. Vary the autumn colors — orange, red, yellow, purple, green, blue, and black — on your front porch display, and do so by arranging them throughout ornamental items like pumpkins, gourds, cabbage plants, mums, and lanterns.

Put Out Pumpkins

This suggestion probably seems quite obvious, especially around Halloween time, but one of the easiest and most fun ways to decorate for the fall is by displaying pumpkins throughout your home. These don’t only have to be real pumpkins picked from the patch — although a trip to the pumpkin patch with the kids can be a great fall activity to plan! 

If you have pumpkin sculptures or bowls or other fall decorations with pumpkins on them, be sure to put them out for all to see. Pumpkins large and small, orange, green, or white — they all make for excellent fall decor. And don’t forget to set aside some time to carve or decorate pumpkins with your family. The final products make for great decorative pieces in and of themselves.

Find a Focal Point

You can add to the aesthetic value of your fall decor by selecting a focal point within your home to create a “wow” moment for those who visit you. These focal points are typically a dining room table, mantle, foyer table, etc. — anywhere that guests frequently see and that can fit some decorative pieces. 

Once you have a location locked down, you can create your own autumn scene with various fall colors and textures that add to your home’s seasonal decor. For example, a centerpiece spread across a dining room table can be a great focal point for your fall decorating. Or an autumn arrangement draped over a mantle while a fire is going might do the trick. You can even weave in other items like candlesticks, framed pictures, or family heirlooms to make the display even more unique and personal.

Display Subtle Small Arrangements

For your home’s fall focal point, putting together a combination of subtle small arrangements could do the trick. A cluster of pumpkins, candlesticks, and dried foliage nestled on the mantle or wrapped around a vase can be easy and appropriate ways to pay tribute to fall.

Putting these small arrangements together can be made even easier by just going out into your backyard and collecting some of nature’s seasonal gifts. You can simply find your own acorns, pine cones, and leaves to put together a fall arrangement that naturally includes all the colors of autumn.

Put Seasonal Produce on Display

In season climates, the fall is one of the best times of year to go apple or pear picking. After some family time at the orchard, put the produce in large bowls and display them on your kitchen counter or dining room table as a way to add to your fall decor.

This not only provides aesthetic value, it also makes for a convenient and healthy snack. Other seasonal food such as pumpkins, squash, gourds, dried beans, peas, and corn also give off autumn vibes but are typically more for decoration than consumption.

Create Autumn Aromas

Scent is one of the strongest senses tied to our memory. So if you want to make your fall decorating memorable to those who visit your home, adding autumn aromas is a must. Pumpkin spice is perhaps the most popular fall scent, but apple cider brewing and fireplaces burning can also infuse a house with autumn smells. 

Lighting fall-scented candles is a complementary piece to your home’s fall decor. And even cracking a window to let the brisk autumn breeze flow throughout the house can accomplish the same fall feeling.

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