Falling for Design: 9 (Super Affordable) Ways to Refresh Your Space for Fall

By Brittni • Updated on 02/15/2024

It wasn’t always this way, but now fall is probably my favorite of all the seasons. There is so much to love – the colors of the leaves changing, the cute fall clothes, the cooler temperatures.

But there’s nothing I love more than the feeling of change that fall brings. I don’t know what it is, but every year around this time I feel the need to move and change (almost) everything around in my house. Does anyone else feel this way?

If you’re feeling like a change but don’t have the budget to re-accessorize and re-furnish your entire space, I’ve got 9 affordable ideas for fall decorating I think you’ll love. Including a couple ideas that won’t cost you a single penny!

living room in new york apartment

1. Switch out your throw pillows.

Seems simple enough, but changing out your throw pillows can make such a difference. It can shift a color scheme or bring in some texture to a space that otherwise felt flat. Try bringing in some colder season fabrics like fur, velvet, or sherpa (or a combo of all three)!

Still need help? Try changing out a linen pillow for a velvet one (like those dreamy velvet pillows in the photo above from Studio Giancarlo Valle) or switching out a bright pink pillow for a deep mustard color.

2. Wrap up with fall-worthy textiles.

When I think of fall, I think of cooler evenings spent getting cozy on the couch (or my bed). Having a fuzzy throw nearby to keep you warm or the perfect color rust bedding to give you those fall color vibes are great options for seasonal textiles.

3. Use what you have.

One of the easiest (and completely FREE) ways to change up a room is to use what you already have lying around the house. Switch out the rug in your living room for the one in your bedroom and rework the space around a new color scheme. Just because something isn’t new to you, doesn’t mean it won’t feel new in a different space.

P.S. How pretty is the space found on Our Food Stories?! That natural light

4. Bring the outside in.

When fall rolls around, I start seeing pampas grass, twigs, and dried grass pop up everywhere. So what better way to embrace the changing season then to decorate with a little bit of nature? A cool vase with some pampas grass in it on the mantle can bring a lot of texture to a space, and make things feel cozy for fall. Or try it in a huge glass vase on the floor, like Homestyle (photo above).

This is another one of those fall decorating ideas that could be completely free too, since pampas grass often grows on the side of the road – ready to be trimmed. Obvs, don’t go grabbing from people’s actual yards without permission though.

5. Repaint your walls!

Is the landlord beige that’s been on your walls since you’ve moved in making you feel like you’re in a rut? Change it up!

Be sure to get permission from your landlord if you’re renting. But in most cases, they won’t mind as long as you agree to paint it back to the original color.

Try a pop of color or go with a more neutral earth tone, like this one from BloggaiBagis. Either way, a change in color can make a room feel completely new.

eclectic dining room with rustic table and dark red painted chairs

6. Refinish an older piece.

Is your coffee table begging for an update? Anything is possible with a little bit of paint and some elbow grease. Take a stab at repainting a piece of furniture like I did with this entry table or how Leanne Ford painted these wicker chairs (above).

neutral living room with shag rug and mustard velvet curtains

7. Try some new window treatments.

This tip is especially easy if you already have curtains hanging! Swapping out curtains can bring some color in and is pretty affordable if you look in the right places.

If you’ve got a sewing machine and can sew a straight line, making new curtains from scratch is a breeze.

First, measure the length you you need and cut with an extra 4 inch length. Then, sew a 1/4″ hem on the sides and a 2 in. hem on the top and bottom. I use the curtain clip rings from IKEA to easily swap out curtain panels. The options are endless, but I especially love these mustard velvet curtains (above) from Colombe.

8. DIY some new accent tables.

There are some really cool console, side, and coffee table DIYs out there like this Terrazzo Side Table I did a while ago, or this Mirrored Side Table from A Beautiful Mess. I recently did a big DIY furniture round up that might be worth looking at if you’re handy and looking for a refresh!

9. Try some new art.

Feeling adventurous? Maybe you’re not the next Picasso (me either), but I willing to bet you can still whip up a cool new piece of art.

Pick a few colors that work well within you space and try your hand at some abstract art, like this piece I found over on Remodelista. It’s the home of Kai Avent-deLeon – owner of the concept shop Sincerely, TommyBy using different brush sizes or just painting random lines you can make a cool piece that is really unique!

Or take note from Leanne Ford’s book and paint a canvas all one color for a large scale piece of art. Using gesso and acrylic paint, you can create a textured canvas that, even though it’s just one color, can really make an impact. *I did this a few years ago too, back when I had  huge studio walls to fill, and showed how to stretch your own (really big) canvas in the process, if  you want a guide for getting started: how to stretch a giant canvas by hand. It’s cheaper this way than buying one that’s pre-made and you can make any size you want!

You think you’ll try some of these tips out? Let me know in the comments! I’m curious to hear how you are refreshing your space for the fall.

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