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The temperature has dropped, the air is cold and crisp, and people are grabbing their hoodies from the closest. It’s officially fall in Kansas City! Transitioning seasons are an excellent opportunity to re-decorate your home, but sometimes people are hesitant to change things up because of finances or a lack of ideas. At Community Lending of America, we’re here to help with both.

We’ve come up with a list of 7 easy ways to decorate your home for fall that won’t break the bank. So grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and cable knit blanket and enjoy the read!

Bring The Outdoors In

As the leaves are starting to change, it’s beginning to look like fall outside. Don’t be afraid to bring that into your home. Try fallen branches- they’re free, and there are a lot of them to use. Use them to fill vases or if you have a big one, hang it on the wall and use it as a hat/ coat hanger. You can also make fall wreaths out of greenery from outside. You could even purchase live eucalyptus at a local grocery store to make a wreath. It’s easy to piece together and has a great, natural smell. When pieced by pumpkins or pinecones, it adds the perfect fall touch.

Use Layers and Texture.

Use of texture can be a great way to decorate year-round, but adding layers to pieces brings coziness to your home that says fall is here. You can add layers and texture by using your usual decorations. Baskets, throw pillows, vases, etc. are all great to group or layer in such a way to highlight that texture. This option is budget-friendly because it uses year-round decor but still creates a warmth and coziness unique to fall.

Display Your Produce

Not only is keeping your produce out in the open a great way to encourage your kids to snack on those items, but it’s also an easy way to add color to your home just in time for fall. There is just something about the “harvest” season that is complemented by fresh produce.

Use Clothing

It’s the season of blanket scarfs, knit beanies, and layered cardigans. With the vibrant color that is usually in these items, why not display them when you’re not wearing them? Hang cute hats on the wall, use a scarf as a basket filler with pumpkins, or as a throw on a chair. When you’re ready to wear one, grab it from the living room or dining room table.

Throws and Pillows

Throws and pillows are a great way to add texture and color to a room without the full-on hay bale, pumpkin display. Fall is about welcoming people into your home, cozy environments, and warm hospitality. By adding a pillow or extra throw, you can create a space that says, “come in and cozy up!” Don’t be afraid to look for throws and pillows at thrift stores as well, most are in great shape and machine washable.

Purchase Pumpkins Sparingly

We all love our pumpkins, especially for fall and especially now that Trader Joes has white and grey tones. However, use them sparingly. Too many can create a cluttered look and can add up expense wise very quickly. Just two or three pumpkins are all you need to make your space feel like autumn.

Frame Printables or Thrift Store Prints

There are so many free printables online today that have cute sayings about fall or beautiful warm pictures. You can also check out your local thrift store. So many times, a beautiful picture gets overlooked because of the frame. Try to focus on the pictures you see and add your own frame to it when you get home. Buying pictures from a thrift store is a unique piece of art for your home, and if you look specifically for autumn-inspired pictures, it makes a great fall decoration.