Neutral Fall Decorating

October 10, 2016

By Tab Byrum


I have a new client that I recently helped her with the decorating of her new home for Fall and her front porch. While we went pretty traditional as far as color on the front porch we went much more neutral for the interiors, think birch branches, white, tan, and gold pumpkins as well as white and gray pumpkins and gourds. There are a lot of choices out there for neutral colored pieces to use in decorating for the seasons and holidays, you can find real pumpkins and gourds now in white and greens as well as all kinds of decorations in neutral colors that also involve gold and silver and neutral colored elements like rope, yarn, and burlap that all work well with the more neutral color schemes of our homes. I thought today we would take a look at Fall decorating in a neutral color palette and all this week we’ll go a little more in-depth as far as materials. Have fun and Enjoy!!! (above image via)


One way to get variety when doing a neutral color scheme is through texture and using a variety of fabrics and materials. Here you have three different fabric pumpkins, natural pinecones, and pumpkins that are smooth but in two different colors. (via)


Silver is a great way to have some sparkle in a neutral color scheme. Here we have mercury glass mixing with natural greenery and white pumpkins to create a beautiful Fall mantel. (via)


I’ve said it on here before, think of green as a neutral color. Here you can see how well it mixes with the whites and tans of the neutral decorating scheme and keeps it all from being flat. Remember, green is nature’s neutral. (via)


I love trays and one made of natural materials such as this rattan one is perfect for holding a collection of white pumpkins, and silver vases filled with natural grasses and feathers. (via)


I was just having a conversation with a client about wooden dough bowls, they are so beautiful when filled with seasonal items like this one filled with pumpkins. You can also fill them with holiday ornaments, pinecones or potted flowers. If you find one grab it up and use it. (via)


Cotton is another natural element that we’re seeing a lot of in decorating. I used cotton last week on my client’s front door wreath and she had used it in the house. It’s getting easier to find in picks and garlands and brings in a great pop of white and a very pretty brown. (via)


Here’s another beautiful large wooden bowl filled with pumpkins and lambs ear around the edges. All of these things are available in artificial and real. (via)


Antlers are another natural element that has wonderful color, texture and depending on their size, height. I’ve recently found artificial antlers with dowels attached to them that allowed me to insert them into floral arrangements. (via)


Dried flowers are another great way to get neutral color and texture into an arrangement or display, here we have dried hydrangeas in a pile of pumpkins. Notice the antique wire basket at the back on the right full of white pumpkins. (via)


Wood is another great way to get color and texture. Aren’t these candlesticks beautiful? You can always add in some logs and sticks from outside, here we also have white pumpkins, cotton, and feathers. (via)


The neutral color scheme lends itself to all types of decorating, from country, and shabby chic to something more elegant like this picture with a Grecian urn, pedestals, and framed mirror. (via)

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