Our (very colorful!) fall home tour

October 12, 2020

It’s that time again … time to share our colorful fall home tour as part of the It’s a Colorful Life Party blog hop, that is, hosted by my friends Jennifer and Jewel.

In case “blog hop” is a new term to you, it’s a multi-day extravaganza where several bloggers share their posts on a specific topic each day.

This time around, I’m teaming up with twenty other bloggers to share with you how we all decorate for fall.

So if you’re waiting for a sign to start decorating for the season …

Y’all, this is it.

colorful fall home tour

If you’re arriving here by way of Tatertots & Jello, welcome!

I absolutely love the pops of pink Jen uses in her fall decorating.

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Decorating for fall when you don’t love fall colors

I have a confession: I’m not a big fan of traditional fall colors.

Yes, I do love orange … but that’s where my fall color obsession comes to a screeching halt.

I’ve got a secret for you, though: Even if you’re not into the usual fall colors, you can still decorate for the season.

Here are the “rules” (they’re not exactly rules, but you get the idea) that I follow:

#1: Let jewel tones shine.

Bye bye, brown and rust.

Hello, emerald green, cobalt blue and eggplant. 

Deep, saturated hues like the ones I just mentioned are perfect to incorporate in your home as the weather gets cooler.

Can you spy my new cobalt blue velvet pillows on the sofa?

colorful fall home tour horizontal

Here’s a better look at them.

I love the subtle design on the front!

colorful fall pillow ideas

Speaking of pillows, the beautiful tapestry lumbar pillow you see was purchased from my friend Courtney of Zig & Company.

Courtney adds new pillow covers to her shop each week! 

And they’re all beautiful. Make sure to go stop by her shop.

fall throw pillows

Here are some of my other favorite cozy pillow finds.

Just click on each image below to shop:

#2: Make nature second nature.

When decorating for fall, bring the outdoors in.

Sure, you can buy a couple pumpkins, but don’t forget about pinecones, oak leaf branches, seasonal flowers, and pampas grass. 

I added some small white pumpkins to a wooden bowl and placed it on our console table:

Here’s another photo — this time of the pumpkins, the bowl, and the whole space. 

Do you spy the bowl of pinecones too?

I’ll give you a hint: Look at our pink bar cart-turned-console table.

colorful fall decorating ideas

Here’s the view of the same spot in our home, but this time looking straight into the family room from the kitchen:

colorful fall decorating family room

I picked up several bouquets of fall flowers over the weekend, both at the grocery store and from a floral wholesaler near me. 

Here’s a close up of one bouquet I created:

fall florals

I also used some vase fillers (code for “bunches of greenery”) in a pretty geometric vase in our breakfast nook:

breakfast nook fall decor

It’s so tough to get a great photo of our breakfast nook thanks to that gigantic bay window, but I did my best.

Here’s a closer look at the table, along with a better view of the amazing artwork I got recently from Katy Garry.

breakfast nook fall tour close up

If you don’t want to splurge on real florals, then a dried bouquet like this one would be a beautiful decor touch for fall that you could use again and again.

#3: Opt for texture.

Think about fall clothing favorites like chunky wool sweaters, blanket scarves, and leather boots.

Bring those same textures into your home decor this time of year.

I love adding throw pillows made chunky knits (like this handknit pillow that looks and feels like my favorite sweater), leather and even velvet (I like these velvet pillow covers).

Add a cozy throw or two into the mix, and you’ve got yourself one seriously comfy, seasonally dressed sofa.

I bought this color-blocked throw and it’s the softest thing ever.

You can spot it in all the photos of our family room.

colorful fall decorating ideas

Bonus: Your kids will have a field day building forts with all those new pillows and throws.

(That’s why you bought them in the first place, right?!)

Here are a few of my favorite throws.

Just click each image below to shop:

#4: When in doubt, grab your paintbrush.

Those of us who shy away from decorating with traditional fall hues know it can be difficult to find colorful fall decor to buy.

If you can’t find it in a store …

Make it yourself!

Grab a paintbrush or a can of your favorite spray paint, and go to town.

DIY color blocked painted pumpkins 3

That’s what I did when I created these fun Kate Spade-inspired painted pumpkins that are on display in our foyer.

I love them.

And the best part? They were super easy to make.

Get the tutorial for these fun painted pumpkins right here.

color blocked pumpkins diy
All right …. that’s a wrap.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how we decorate for fall … and I’m crossing my fingers you found a decorating tip or two you’ll try in your own home.
Up next is my friend Tiffany at My Eclectic Nest. 
She has such amazing, colorful style — you’re going to love her!



About Kate

Hey! I’m Kate — I love decorating with color and pattern. I also love finding decorating “easy” buttons: quick DIYs, simple organization hacks and amazing steals at Target.

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  1. beautiful home and beautiful fall decor!

    • Thank you so much, Albertina!

  2. It all looks lovely. I especially love your breakfast nook. What a great place. I enjoy all the colors you chose. Great job.

    • Thank you so much, Vivian! We waited 6 years to renovate our kitchen so I was beyond excited when we created this little breakfast nook. It’s our favorite place for meals, board games and kid crafts.

  3. Kate, your tours always bring a smile to my face! I agree with my Mom (Vivian above!) 😉 I love your breakfast nook! Thanks so much for touring with us!

    • Jennifer, thank you SO much! I am always so honored that you invite me to be part of these home tours. It’s so much fun to style my home, and even better to see everyone’s beautiful and unique spaces! Also, I absolutely love that your mom read and commented on my post. Y’all are the best!

  4. Hi! I’m new to your blog, after I saw your breakfast nook posted on Dimples and Tangles. I have a similar set up, and must know where your table came from! Where can I find it? Thanks!

    • Hi Kristal – Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by. Here’s an affiliate link for the table in my breakfast nook, which is marked down to $364 right now: https://bit.ly/2GXSAgp. I spray painted the base gold.

  5. Kate your home is gorgeous!!! I enjoyed this tour so very much!!

    • Thank you, Tiffany! Loved being part of the tour, and also enjoyed seeing your colorful and pattern-filled home!

  6. Love jewel tones for fall! Lovely tour!

  7. Your house is always so much fun Kate!

  8. I am OBSESSED!!! Your colors are so beautiful, bright, and perfectly styled together! Can you please come and re-decorate my entire home? I want it to look just like this! I am trying to put together varying colors, fabrics, and pieces, but I don’t have that designers touch. Your style is perfect and exactly what I am trying to achieve!

    • Danielle, thank you so much for the kind words! I would love to work with you — I offer virtual design services. If you’re interested, just send me a note at hi [at] katedecorates.co (no “M” at the end)



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