Reston Home Insider: Inexpensive Fall Design Trends

Fall is finally here, and that means it’s time to do some fun decorating both inside and outside your home. Here are some affordable ideas to spruce things up and get festive!

Window boxes and outdoor flower arrangements with gourds, pumpkins, cabbage and kale. If you don’t have a window box, fill your summer plant containers with mini pumpkins (available at Giant for only $1), sprigs of wheat or twigs, plus pansies, which are incredibly hardy and last through winter.

Even better, head to Hobby Lobby for its great selection of faux fall decorations and use them year after year. Also, check out its selection of mini-string lights, which look great indoors wound around a simple serving tray with vintage books or decorative objects you already own.

Chunky knit throws, textured linens and shag rugs, which you can also drape over furniture. The idea here is to add texture to increase interest in the room. Pair a chunky throw in a fall color with a basket in your family room to inspire a cozy movie night. You can find unique throws at HomeGoods or TJ Maxx. If you’re crafty, you can easily make these with wide weave yarn from Michaels (and they make great holiday gifts!). IKEA has loads of affordable textured area rugs and faux fur animal throws.

Anything in plaid or earthy tones especially reds, yellows and greens. Adding some new throw pillows to your couch can easily upgrade the room and bring the look into fall. I’m seeing a lot of accessories in dark yellow, which look great with a brown leather sofa and a black/white textured blanket. If you’re considering new window treatments, there are some great buffalo check options on Wayfair that are very affordable and timeless.

’70s inspired raw wood and wicker. On the trendier side, there are a lot of new furniture pieces in raw, honey-colored wood with metallic accents, which fit into the Danish modern look. Also, there are many wicker chair options in modern silhouettes that make really affordable additions to any room. I hate to say it, but I’ve seen a lot of macrame at Home Goods lately. That’s one trend I was hoping wouldn’t return! But I do love the idea of texture to decorate a wall.

Anything with a vintage, rustic look. One of my favorite antique stores is The Old Lucketts Store just outside of Leesburg. Make an afternoon of it with some friends (and ideally a pick-up truck) to source some affordable antiques and accessories. Lucketts also has an amazing holiday market. There are a bunch of nearby breweries and wineries, too!

Lynn Cooper is a licensed REALTOR in Virginia with McEnearney Associates in McLean. Whether buying or selling, Lynn is 100% committed to her clients before, during and after the transaction. Connect with Lynn at 202-489-7894, [email protected] or @lynncooperrealestate.

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