Fun & Festive Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas

The time of year that poet John Keats deemed the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” fall, is known for caramel apples, pumpkin carving, changing leaves, and cooling temperatures. Many people also think of fall as “cozy season,” calling for oversized sweaters and everyone’s favorite Starbucks drink – the pumpkin-spiced latte.  

Just as the leaves outside are changing colors, so too should the decor of your kitchen reflect the spirit of fall. By adding a few pops of autumnal colors (like browns, oranges, and golds) and some other simple touches to your kitchen, you can quickly transform your kitchen for this wonderful pumpkin-spiced season.  

To bring the colors and scents of fall into your kitchen, here are our favorite fall kitchen decor ideas that are beautiful, budget-friendly, and perfect for the crisp and cozy months ahead. 

Festive Fall Linens 

Changing up your linens, such as dish towels and table settings, is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add seasonal style to your kitchen. The best part is you don’t have to totally swap out all of your existing linens and put them in storage.  

Rather, you can add just one or two autumnal-colored towels (like an orange-and-white gingham towel, or one that is decorated with scarecrows) to a prominent space in your kitchen. Making the fall-inspired towels the focus of your displayed linens is the key. 

Dining table with fall florals in a vase. Fall leaves are visible through the window in the background.

Orange or Red Florals  

Another simple way to signal the spirit of fall is to incorporate a variety of colorful, seasonal florals. One example that is perfect for fall is to gather large orange or red branches into a pitcher vase and place it on your kitchen island. Other florals that are popular in the fall include chrysanthemums (better known as “mums”), yellow and red pansies, purple fountain grass, rich red and orange croton, and green flowering kale.  

If you’re looking to create a floral centerpiece for your table, buy a fun container – like a pumpkin vase or tall cornucopia – that will make the arrangement quintessentially fall. 

Printable Fall Quotes 

While switching up all of the artwork in your kitchen might seem like too much work, you can frame a fun fall print or two that reflects the season. You can find many charming fall quotes and printable designs on free sites like Pinterest, or purchase a downloadable print-out from artists on Society6, Etsy, and Minted, to name a few.  

Whether you choose an image of an apple orchard, a watercolor of various pumpkins, or a simple quote like “sweater weather” or “hello autumn” in cursive, this is an easy way to let anyone who enters your kitchen know that it is definitely time for fall. 

White kitchen with red fridge and fall decor on the island.

Pumpkin-Shaped Kitchenware 

In the fall, you can never have enough pumpkins on display! Rather than continuing to use the same old kitchenware that you used throughout the spring and summer, now is a great time to change things that guests can see to festive fall shapes and symbols.  

For instance, if you have a round jar that holds your coffee pods or filters, swap this out for a pumpkin-shaped ceramic container. If you have mugs hanging on a mug tree, switch them up with some Halloween-inspired mugs shaped like ghosts, owls, or mummies.  

A good rule of thumb is to make sure the new kitchenware you choose follows a similar color palette or is all one color, like white; otherwise, you may run the risk of the overall display looking mismatched and tacky. 

Cozy Fall Rug 

With chillier temperatures comes the need for cozier elements in your home, especially in rooms like the kitchen where you spend lots of time. Adding a cozy rug or runner in front of your sink will keep your toes warm while you wash dishes.  

You can also place a woven or shag rug beneath your kitchen table, which will boost the cozy factor of fall dinner parties. Opt for textiles that are known for their warmth, like a thick wool area rug. Not only will this insulate the flooring, but rugs are an easy and affordable way to transition your kitchen to a new season. 

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