By Fall’s beginning, I think we are all ready (at least here in the Midwest), for cooler temperatures (aka sweater weather), football games and the changing of seasons. Usually at the first sign of a below 70 degree day, you can walk down any street and see neighbors furiously displaying mums and sipping on pumpkin spice anything. And behind the parents, you can see kids scheming and brainstorming elaborate Halloween costumes that a parent cannot purchase on Amazon, but instead has to spend hours upon hours hot gluing spray-painted styrofoam to cardboard. No? Ok, maybe it’s just my kid. Can never make it easy on me!
With the first nip in the air finally arriving, I am now officially in the mood to decorate for the season! Unfortunately, for us design loving guys and gals, Halloween decor tends to be a juvenile-looking season, meant to excite all of our little ones for the upcoming parade of costumes. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t have to be ALL about the kids! We’ve compiled some ways to incorporate everyday items as well as all of those beautiful fall colors to make for cool and modern Halloween displays that will satisfy both you and your little goblins.
Tip #1: Make your dining room or kitchen table the focal point of your Halloween decor.
Since Halloween is more of a fleeting season, before we make room for the Big Daddies of Thanksgiving and Christmas, focusing on a few key areas of the house can help to keep the decor simple yet still impactful.
Here we have taken some of our BYO-Pumpkins (which we will construct during October workshops) and paired it with inexpensive finds and everyday decor for a complete look.
We first started with a runner that is on the table almost year round from West Elm. It is higher quality and is the perfect size for this harvest table. It serves as a great way to let the spider web runner pop, instead of getting lost against the dark grain of the wood. The white candlesticks, again, are up year-round and are a cheap find from Ikea. We wrapped some dollar bin orange wire lights from Target around them and voila’ a more interesting seasonal take!
Next step is to add votives, a must for eerie lighting the night of Halloween! Placing different sized gold votives along the runner helps to blend the yellow and orange accents together.
Last step, adding in our painted and adorned pumpkins! The pumpkins are cute on their own, and can even be stretched in to Thanksgiving decor (minus the ones with bats!), but by adding cute gray pom-poms, (again from dollar bin at Target) and huge fake spiders, these details add special touches.
In totality, the great thing about these pieces is that it 1. blended in to the decor of the house, 2. was simple to put together and 3. will make for a seamless transition with the addition of leaves and acorns and the minus of the spider web runner for once Halloween is over.
Tip #2: Liven up your mantle with simple accessories. Another easy and fast way to decorate an area of your home without making too big of a fuss is the mantle. Here, we have taken the items we will be constructing during our
October workshop and made them work with items we found in our everyday decor. A simple “BOO” banner, DIY spiderweb and witch’s broom signify the season, but are not overtly juvenile. Mixed with a Land of Nod toy basket, a black and white Ikea striped blanket, modern candlestick and paper mache pumpkin, this took no more than five minutes to assemble. These items can also EASILY be taken on to the front porch for a look unique from all of your neighbors.
Tip #3: Mix traditional Fall items with Halloween decor. Oh my gourd! Gourds scream both Halloween and Thanksgiving (really the entire Fall season), so it’s a no-brainer to incorporate them as well as seasonally appropriate foliage as they all blend seamlessly.
Again, focusing on our dining room table, we have taken the same runner, (minus the spiderweb) light-wrapped candlesticks and votives, but added different accessories for a completely different yet still seasonally appropriate look. Mini pumpkins and gourds are inexpensive, and as you can see here give great interest and color. For impact, we added planted ornamental peppers. Picked up from our local nursery, we didn’t even have to replant, instead simply wrapping the store-bought pots in striped and gold washi tape. A fuss free table scape that can last you all of the way to the day after Thanksgiving.
Tip #4: Make use of everyday home decor trends for an impactful seasonal statement.
Metallics, especially gold and copper are all the rage these days. From Target to Anthropologie and West Elm, stores are packed with these cool mediums. Luckily, the colors of Fall and metals look amazing together! Wood accents are also very popular (and have been for the last few years), and are great for staging a Fall display.
Taking the same elements we used to decorate the dining room table, we created a stunning bookshelf that truly livens up a communal space in the house. The votives, wood slices and tray, gold starbursts, grassy plants and books were already living on the shelves. By simply placing gourds, a few fun Jack-0-lanters (from Pottery Barn Kids a few years back) and our lovely washi-tape wrapped ornamental peppers amongst our decor we have one modern and whimsical take on Halloween! And once we hit November simply removing the jack-o-lanterns will all that needs to be done to get you through Thanksgiving.
There you have it. Hope you can infuse some of these fun ideas in to your own seasonal flavor.
The Makery KC
post written by Kristin