This week I found myself submerged in the aisles of Hobby Lobby fall decor on the hunt for some fresh fall table decor. Among all of the leaves and pumpkins I managed to pull together a collection of neutral textiles for our fall table decor.
It’s been a cool, rainy late August weekend in Kansas City. We are on the cusp of the turning of the seasons. It’s quite literally one of my favorite times of year. When your home beckons to be your place to nestle in and get cozy. When the cool air smells of bonfires and pumpkin Spice.
Since it felt so much like fall, I really couldn’t help myself from getting a head start on my fall table decor.
I often get asked about tablescapes; how to put them together, what pieces you need, how to transition them from one season to the next. And while there is really no one single formula for putting together a tablescape, there are certain tips and tricks that I feel like work best for me and I want to share them with you!
First, let’s chat some common questions when it comes to fall decor.
When to Start Fall Decor
If you can, the best time to start decorating for fall is late August to early September. This may seem really early, but to many in the home decor industry this is the prime time to do it. Hobby Lobby fall decor comes out in June or July and is usually on sale by the end of August.
You don’t have to go all out when you decorate at the start. I like to take my time and add a little bit each week. Even just pulling out a few pumpkins or swapping out your summer greenery with something that’s more fall feeling is a great way to get started.
Where to Get Fall Decor
Usually Hobby Lobby fall decor comes out mid June/early July. It can be a bit of a shock to walk into a store in the middle of summer to see fall decor, however, it’s a great time to scope out the upcoming trends for the year. Typically other home decor departments will begin putting out their fall decor in mid to late August.
Hobby Lobby and Michaels are great for stocking up on the floral fall decor items for your home. They have a great selection of pumpkins as well. Other stores like HomeGoods and Target have great options too.
One of my favorite places to scope out fall decor is the antique stores that are local in Kansas City. A lot of vendors know that people are on the hunt for vintage fall decor to use in their homes and will begin bringing in their product late August and early September.
3 Tips for Amazing Fall Table Decor
Pro Tip 1: Layers
Start with a base on your table and build up from there. With my fall table decor I used a runner down the center of the table as my first layer. I got this gorgeous table paper from Pink Antler Studio. Then I added in a few large books to help build in height to the table decor. Other options for added layers include trays, wood pieces, and baskets. Layers add dimension to your fall table decor and give you options for placement of the smaller items.
Pro Tip 2: Incorporate Greenery
Did you know that greenery is a neutral? Yep! It’s a natural element so although it adds a little pop of color, it will blend well with just about any color scheme or style because it’s a neutral. Is greenery your new BFF? It’s SO trendy right now too, hop on that train!
Even though fall is the season when things begin to fade from life, greenery is still a really easy way to add fullness to your table. I used a faux eucalyptus vine to run down the center of my table and added in some lambs ear stems for texture. Another great hack is to buy small greenery wreaths and lay them flat underneath pumpkins for added dimension!
Pro Tip 3: Use lots of Pumpkins
This year I am going with white pumpkins on our table. I have a lot of pumpkins already but not all of them are white. There are few ways to keep from having to spend a ton on new pumpkins if you are wanting a change. You could DIY it and paint them white. My friend, Audrey, over at OhSoLovely blog has a great tutorial on how to do that. Or you could watch for them to go on sale at Hobby Lobby (which they do, like, every other week!) and snag them then. I chose the second option. Much quicker and less messy. Although, I’m not afraid of a little DIY I just like to get things done.
When you are looking for your pumpkin gathering, be sure to grab a range of about three different sizes. And keep them in groups of three. I used one large neutral green pumpkin, and then grabbed three white pumpkins the same size. Then I found two other green pumpkins that could compliment the large green one and looked for varying shapes and sizes so I could have “three green pumpkins” but they all look a little different.
My best advice for you is to start small and just do it. Try out different layouts until you find the one that just *feels* right.
If you’re wanting more hands on feedback, check out my Life + Style Workshop: Curating Tablescapes happening on September 12 at RE in Kansas City.
Want more practical decor tips? Check out this post on shelf styling.