Decorating After Downsizing: Fall Decor for Small Spaces

Make a Memorable Entrance

The area around your front door is what your neighbors see daily. It's a place to greet guests and entertain passersby with creative wreaths, figurines or a themed doormat.

Add a hint of fall to your entry with a seasonal doormat like one featuring falling leaves or a touch of pumpkins. If you like wreaths, you can create your own by purchasing a base and gluing on decorative gourds, colorful leaves and burlap. Hundreds of unique premade options online are also guaranteed to stand out.

Whether you have a window facing the outside hall or want to utilize the space around your threshold, figurines are another creative way to interact with neighbors and show some personality. Stacked pumpkin figures can stand alone or alongside smiling scarecrows and spooky witches. These additions will not only get your neighbors in the holiday spirit, but also put a smile on your face each time you search for your keys.

Embrace the Power of Pumpkin Spice

Scents can often bring back memories, transporting you to a time of pumpkin patches, hayrides and apple picking. You’ve been warned: a classic pumpkin aroma can quickly make a room so cozy your guests will never want to leave.

In smaller spaces, you may not want to risk burning a candle, but there are many ways to enjoy autumn fragrances without tripping a fire alarm. A fall-scented diffuser allows wooden reeds to soak up scented oils and fill the room with the sweet scent of pumpkin, nutmeg or vanilla. A traditional cinnamon broom or a bowl of potpourri not only acts as decoration but also maintains a subtle fragrance throughout the season. Although nothing seems to beat a classic fall candle, these Yankee Candle house sprays also enable you to bring the familiarity of October afternoons into your home.

Curl Up and Get Cozy

It’s not fall without having a plush blanket and pillow to cover up with while watching your favorite spooky film. Personalize your space with a tartan throw or flannel blanket, choosing autumn colors like burnt orange, brown or red. Go extra festive by choosing one with leaves, pumpkins and lattes. These rustic pillow covers could be used year-round and then accented with matching pumpkins and plaids for the fall. Arrange them on your bed, couch or recliner as you cozy up and keep warm.

Cook Up Some Stories

Kitchens hold lifetimes of memories, from cooking successes and failures to bonding with friends over pumpkin pie. Whether it’s big or small, a kitchen is always a place to gather. Adding some fall-themed accents can help you prepare for pumpkin carvings or experimental casserole recipes all autumn long.

From cleaning up messes with disposable autumn napkins to hosting a dinner party with reusable table linens, napkins are an easy way to incorporate the season into your daily routine. Replace a table runner with this festive confetti that even the little ones will enjoy. Emphasize your love of all things pumpkin with these pumpkin spice dish towels and pot holders. The possibilities in the kitchen are endless — and not just for meals.

As you welcome the cold air and falling leaves, don’t let a smaller space hold you back from celebrating the season. If you’re looking for more ways to make the most of your home, check out these tips on maximizing your space after downsizing.

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