Fall Decor Trends To Watch Out For In 2021 ~ Colors~Candles~Cozy~Warm


As we prepare for the leaves to turn and the nights to chill, the time has also come to deck every corner out in the coziest of fall décor! Although trends change from year to year, fall often brings around some constants that everybody can return to, mixed with the year’s newest trends that can liven up any space.

 Whether you want to overhaul your home’s style with all-new décor for the year or you’re looking for a few staple pieces to make your space feel autumnal, here are some of the best fall décor trends of 2021.

Pumpkins and Gourds

Pumpkins and gourds have always been trendy for the fall season, but in 2021, many people are taking things a step further and going for the all-natural angle. While it’s still totally all right to go for fake pumpkins and gourds, the real thing can help connect your home to nature.

 Plus, picking out natural décor can make for a nice autumnal bonding activity with friends or family. Head to the pumpkin patch and see what you find!

Lots of Candles

Candles are another trend that can work anytime during the year, but they’ve been especially in trend this year. Specifically, laying out a bunch of candles on the various surfaces of your home can create a warm, luxurious feel to any room.

 This is especially important after a rough year — who isn’t ready to be soothed by twinkling lights and soft scents? Whether you plan to go with a scented candle in your favorite aromatherapy variety or you’d rather keep things simple with plain ones, the aesthetic is still simply perfect for cooler weather.

Dark Neutrals

One of the trends more specific to this year is the introduction of dark neutrals during the fall season. Although colors tend to shift towards the darker side in the winter months anyway, there has been a more defined shift towards black, navy blue, forest green, and coffee browns this year.

 While you can still explore your favorite beige hues, of course, going a bit deeper and darker seems to be on trend for 2021.

Getting Outdoorsy

One of the best ways to transition your living space from summer to fall is by utilizing the outdoor space you have available. Specifically, if you have a partially outdoor space to decorate and spend your time, transitioning it for fall and winter can be a great way to soak up the wonderful weather, even when it’s a bit chilly.

 Switch out throw pillows and blankets for more seasonal choices, including fuzzy materials and plaid prints. Aim for richer red or brown colors to accent the outdoor space. Bring in a cup of tea, and you’re all set for chillier, but still sunny, mornings this season.

Pillows From Woven Nook

Pillows From Woven Nook

Natural Wreaths

The all-natural trend is back again. In addition to real pumpkins and gourds, you can also turn to the florals of the season to get a more vibrant and authentic wreath.

 Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the fake ones, but finding a natural wreath can give you the opportunity to use whatever’s in season. Plantlife isn’t just for summer decoration — it can also bring real natural warmth to your fall and winter looks.

Warm Throw Blankets

We know this is no surprise, but if you need an excuse to invest in more blankets, here it is. Throw blankets aren’t just fashionable, they’re also functional! There’s nothing like cozying up in a warm, fuzzy throw blanket that also brings a bit more texture and layering into your space.

 Go for autumnal colors, or even simply go for colors that match your space. You can easily carry this trend into the winter season, too.

Floral Prints

Whether you’re thinking about replacing the wallpaper, bringing in some new art, or tossing on a throw pillow or two, muted floral prints are all the rage this season. Specifically, darker and more vintage-inspired floral prints seem to be the star of the show.

Photo: McGee & Co.

Photo: McGee & Co.

 Trying out florals for fall is an exciting update to the traditional autumn leaf look. If you love that vintage, patterned aesthetic, try this trend out this year and see how a richer twist on florals can work for you.

Vintage Books


One specific accessory that’s been gaining a lot of traction in the past year is the curated bookshelf, and what better way to furnish that bookshelf than specifically designed decorative books?

 Lots of online shops and vintage retailers are leaning into the trend of curating stacks of books specifically for decorative purposes. If you love the bookish, cozy vibe, this trend could definitely be for you.

The Best Fall Décor Trends for 2021

Whether autumn is your favorite season or you’re looking for some ways to brighten up the chilly weather to come, decorating your home with cozy, comfortable accessories is sure to bring a little cheer.

 From natural pumpkins and wreaths to dark neutrals and vintage books, 2021 has a lot to offer in the way of interior design. Which of these trends are you excited to try out this year in your home?


 Evelyn Long is a Baltimore-based writer and the editor-in-chief of Renovated. She publishes home decor advice and product roundups for readers in spaces both big and small.

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