Fall is a great time to bring warmth to your home with rustic décor. The colors of autumn mixed with accessories from the outdoors will add texture and coziness during the chilly evenings when hot apple cider blends in with the smell of cinnamon sticks.
Choose the color palette for the rustic décor by looking out of the window. The changing leaves of the hardwoods, the ready to harvest garden and even the ever earlier sunsets can all help inspire a new rustic look for the home.
Repurpose on Purpose
Rustic décor is an inexpensive way to change the ambience of a room. In fact, with enough imagination, the homemaker turned deco stylist can change the look of the room for almost nothing.
Keep an eye out for the garden treasures that can be cleaned up and brought indoors for the fall and winter. Scrub large garden pots and repurpose them alongside the entry to catch the umbrellas, scarves or hats that otherwise might pile up on the floor of the closet.
Décor from Debris
If there is grapevine in the neighborhood, ask the gardener if you can cart away the debris as the vines are cut back in preparation for winter. Simply loop the vines into a wreath shape and fasten with twine or yarn. Don’t pay much attention to getting a perfectly circular shape. Rustic is not symmetric.
Use any leftover lengths of grapevine to fashion homemade swags. Fasten them with twine or wire in the center. Depending on the length of the swag, they may need to be fastened in three places to stabilize them. Leave the ends free to fall in whatever direction they please. Disguise the fasteners with bows of fabric or bundles of dried flowers, herbs, nuts, leaves or other rustic treasure. Swags can be hung on doors, walls, above windows or on stairwells. They even look good laid on a mantle or table.
In Lieu of Flowers
Fill a chipped piece of pottery, or even a new one, with pinecones, nuts, rocks, dried herbs and flowers and other treasures from the yard. Old baskets and flower pots can also hold the rustic items from the great outdoors and give simple homemade charm to an empty space.
Arrange small branches in vases if the garden is no longer offering flowers. Place a bowl of apples on the entry table. If it’s clean and pest free, it can be brought indoors to be enjoyed when chilly evening temperatures of autumn bring an early end to the day.