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Fall Decor Ideas and Pillow Styling Tips

As the seasons begin to change, update your living room with these simple, cozy and budget friendly fall decor ideas.

wood coffee table with books and a tray with fall decor in front of a couch filled with colorful fall throw pillows

I’m thrilled to once again join a talented group of blogging friends for the Celebrate Fall Home Tour, graciously hosted by Leen from Sand Dollar Lane. If you’re stopping by after a visit with Meegan from What Meegan Makes, welcome! I’m sure you enjoyed her fall decor!

How to Style a Sofa with Fall Throw Pillows

I love how easy it is to transition to each season with the addition of some new throw pillows! You don’t need to spend a lot of money, either. The pillows I chose are all from Walmart!

yellow striped tassel pillow, solid rust colored throw pillow and a multicolored embroidered floral pillow provide fall decor on a couch

Here are some simple tips:

  • Choose a color scheme. You can use neutral throw pillows or multicolor throw pillows, but keep it to just two or three colors.
  • Pick a combination of patterns and solid colors.
  • Vary the size and textures of the pillows.
  • Add a cozy throw to the couch in coordinating colors.
  • Use an odd number of pillows. I used five pillows on my couch.
five pillows on a couch in a yellow, orange and green color palette including floral, striped and buffalo check patterns

I chose a yellow, orange and green color scheme. I love the bold pops of color and the contrasting floral, plaid and striped patterns against our neutral Pottery Barn couch.

a group of pillows including yellow buffalo check, white knit, yellow striped with tassels and solid orange on a couch with a green and yellow plaid throw on the back

How cozy looking is this white knit throw pillow?

oblong yellow striped pillow with tassels, a solid orange pillow and a floral multicolored embroidered pillow on a couch.

This oblong throw pillow steals the show! I love textured throw pillows, and this has both a nubby and fuzzy texture. Plus, it’s also a tassel throw pillow, which is another cute detail.

wood coffee table with books and a tray with fall decor in front of a couch filled with colorful fall throw pillows

And finally, I love how the floral embroidered throw pillow pulls all of the colors together!

How to Decorate a Tray for a Coffee Table

To complete my fall living room decor, I styled the coffee table with a round basket style tray and some coffee table books.

round basket tray on a coffee table filled with fall decor including old books, a yellow half jug ceramic lantern, an orange velvet pumpkin and a green glass urn filled with faux green and yellow florals

Try these tips:

  • Combine new and vintage items for interest.
  • Tie in the color scheme from the rest of the room.
  • Use odd numbers of items in your tray vignette.
  • Add different textures.
  • Vary the height of your objects.
  • Put a decorative item atop a stack of coffee table books.
round basket tray on a coffee table filled with fall decor including old books, a yellow half jug ceramic lantern, an orange velvet pumpkin and a green glass urn filled with faux green and yellow florals

The yellow half jug lantern is vintage, along with the green glass urn and books. I found the orange velvet pumpkin and faux floral stems at Dollar Tree. The basket tray is from Michaels Arts and Crafts.

orange and green vintage bowl filled with a grapevine orb set atop a stack of books on a coffee table

I even found a book in my stash that had complimentary colors! I put it on the top of my book stack, which was topped with a vintage green and orange bowl with a grapevine orb inside.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I decorate my living room in the fall?

A: The easiest way to add fall flair to your living room is to add throw pillows in fall colors. Drape cozy throw blankets on couches. Add decorative fall accent pieces (pumpkins, leaves, acorns, etc) to your mantel and create fall vignettes in a tray on the coffee table.

Q: How can I decorate for fall cheap?

A: First, use what you already have on hand. A bag of apples becomes a centerpiece when put in a bowl or basket. Use natural elements from outside, like pinecones, twigs, acorns, leaves, etc. Get crafty and make your own decor! Shop at a thrift store or the dollar store for great deals on decor.

Q: How do I make my house cozy for fall?

A: Being cozy is all about the senses. Light scented candles or simmer orange peels and cinnamon sticks on the stove. Make baked apple crisp or sip mulled cider. Play relaxing music. Make sure everyone has a pair of slippers and a warm blanket to snuggle under on the couch.

More Fall Decor Ideas

white button pumpkin with a vintage thread spool stem
DIY Button Pumpkins
orange floral wreath with a painted wooden acorn, glitter pumpkin and an owl
DIY Wreath for Under $20
fall decor sign with a green truck filled with pumpkins and the word harvest
DIY Fall Sign
outdoor fall decor including furniture with a maple leaf pillow, plaid blanket plus a table set with a charcuterie board, wine and fabric pumpkins
Fall Patio Decor
pillow made from drop cloth with a pumpkin appliqué made from blue and white ticking strip fabric
Navy and White Ticking Pumpkin Throw Pillow

Fall Decor Ideas From My Friends

Now it’s time to check out the beautiful homes of my talented friends! Next on the hop is Angie over at Postcards from the Ridge. I’m always inspired by her vintage decorating style! Enjoy!

Sand Dollar Lane // My Wee Abode // Hearth and Vine // Noting Grace

My Family Thyme // The Roots of Home // What Meegan Makes

Zucchini Sisters // Postcards from the Ridge // 2 Bees in a Pod // Thistle Key Lane

Harbour Breeze Home // Songbird // Sweet Pea

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  1. What a beautiful fall living room, Rebecca! I love the colors, patterns, and textures of the pillows you used. Your tips for styling your tray are so helpful too. Always wonderful to hop with you, my friend! xo

  2. Everything looks lovely! I love your pillows! Your tips for decorating for fall without spending a ton are great! Those are the things that I do each year. You can do that at fall so much more than any other season I believe. I’ve been missing Celebrate Your Story! Have you stopped hosting the link party?

  3. Your style, tips and tricks give all the cozy vibes of Fall. Thanks for all the inspiration and ideas.

  4. Oh, my goodness! I absolutely love your yellow throw pillows! They’re just perfect for Fall decor! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring ideas.

  5. You know I love me some velvet pumpkins! 😉 And that yellow/white lumbar pillow really does steal the show! Always a joy to hop with you! LOL!

  6. Darling fall pillows Rebecca and I love how pretty your hutch looks with all the ironstone pieces. I may have to see if I can find an Irish Country book like you have on your coffee table. Hugs!

  7. This is nubby, fuzzy, pillow perfection! I love all the textures and the combo of colors you used! And the coffee table styling tips are great. It definitely makes the space so welcoming.


  8. I love your fall pillows and the beautiful throw on your sofa. Your coffee table decor coordinates perfectly and looks so good. Looking forward to seeing more of your fall decor over the next few weeks!

  9. Your fall living room is so inviting, Rebecca! I love the colors and textures the throw pillows add.
    Great tips for decorating a coffee table too!

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