These three neutral fall kitchen island centerpiece styles are effortlessly simple and will be the perfect fall addition to your kitchen.
Kitchen Island Update
We recently finished up a project giving our kitchen island a little face lift. We replaced the island top with a primitive, natural cargo wood top built by my father in law at Kansas City Furnishing Co. It’s a gorgeous, locally curated and crafted, high quality wood top that gives the entire kitchen a modern farmhouse vibe.
So often when we have guests over for any type of gathering, we all end up standing around the island conversing. This is why I want this space to be as welcoming and inviting as possible. If we’re gonna stand around and look at it while chatting the night away, might as well be something cute!
3 Kitchen Island Styles
Today I’m going to show you three different ways you can style your kitchen island for fall. Don’t have a kitchen island? No problem! It doesn’t have to be for your kitchen island, these ideas would most definitely work on a coffee table, or dining room table as well!
Style No. 1 – Bread Board Vignette
I love a natural wood bread board about as much as I love the bread you might find on it. I am a sucker for some yummy bread, and I’m okay with admitting that. Life is all about knowing who you are an embracing it. I’m a confessed bread lover.
Now that you know that I’m a glutton for gluten, I can tell you how much I love the idea of using the breadboard in these fall decor styles.
One of the things I teach my followers, readers, and friends is that when you’re putting together a tablescape (yes, I know, we are talking about a kitchen island decor – but the same type of rules apply here) you need a base of some sort. The breadboard serves as your base. It allows everything to be brought together by placing all of the decor items on it and arranging them in an aesthetically pleasing way.
In this vignette, I used a few wood slices to add height to the centerpiece. Then I added a few pumpkins and accented them with some lambs ear stems. I added a cute little fall themed sign that I found at Hobby Lobby and then finished everything off with the white Magnolia Home ceramic pitcher.
One of the things I want to point out is that I used an odd number of items on the board. This creates that “triangle” or “trifecta” affect and is most aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The three pieces are the pitcher, pumpkins, and the sign. If you are really looking, you would notice that I also used three pumpkins. Three is kind of the magic number when it comes to decor.
Style No. 2 – Tiered Tray
A tiered tray is always a nice way to display several smaller pieces that you might want to include in your decor.
For fall, I decided to incorporate my neutral white pumpkins with the tiered tray. If a farmhouse galvanized tiered tray isn’t your style, you can always use a different style of tiered tray to incorporate this look into your decor. There are metal, marble, wood tiered trays with varying lines and silhouettes depending on your style preference.
I decided to invest in a tiered tray because I knew that it wouldn’t only get used for decor in our house. I knew that I would be using it for gatherings, parties, and other things like that.
There isn’t one single way to decorate your tiered tray. My biggest piece of advice would be to remember that less is always more. If you try to overdecorate it and put too much stuff on it, then it’ll just look cluttered and messy. Start with a few simple pieces and remember the rule of three. Then, play with it a little until you find that perfect balance.
I like to add in greenery last. In the tiered tray that I styled for my kitchen island, I used lambs ear. Lambs ear is a really pretty light neutral green plant that is very “farmhousey” (that’s totally not a word, but we’re gonna go with it).
Very rarely do I ever just decorate something and stick with the first attempt. Usually, decorating involves me throwing a few things together and then pulling it all apart and trying again until I find my perfect balance.
Style No. 3 – Dough Bowl Filled with Pumpkins
I put an tutorial video together for this style to show you just how easy it is. This is actually the centerpiece that I have on our kitchen island at home right now. It’s my favorite out of the three styles today. Mostly, I love the simplicity of it.
I started with the dough bowl (you can find these at antique stores). I found my dough bowl at an antique store for a pretty good price so I snagged it up. I’ve had it for a few years, so I can’t really remember how much I paid for it. However, I am always on the lookout for a bigger dough bowl – it’s just that they are kind of expensive. They are a great decor item and just really cool antiques so I think that is why they tend to be more of an investment.
I knew wanted to fill the bowl with something that would create fullness and add dimension, so I found a faux topiary garland at Hobby Lobby and laid it in the dough bowl first. The one I found is this really cool mossy greenery, but I can’t quite figure out the name of it. Any garland would work, but you could go with a fern garland or some type of boxwood or eucalyptus garland too.
This created a sort of bed for the pumpkins I wanted to add in. I selected pumpkins all the same neutral white, but I chose to use varying sizes. The sizes are another way to create dimension in this look. If your theme was more traditional you could use varying colors too. I stuck with an odd number of pumpkins.
Remember how I talked about the rule of three earlier? Well when you are wanting to use more than that, it’s important to use an odd number. Mostly this is because it will allow you to have one of the pumpkins as the center focal point and the others will be the accessories to that one.
I hope that one of these style ideas is something you find inspiring and want to try to recreate or make your own! I’d love to see it if you do!
For more fall decor ideas and inspiration, check out my post on the fall tablescape I did recently.