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Gone are the days of decorating every spare inch of space in my home. These days, less is more when ushering in a new season. Take a peek at how I maintained a clean, modern fall look in our home with these subtle fall decor ideas.

view of living room with coffee table and fireplace

Subtle touches of fall color hint at the autumn season. Extra throw blankets and pillows are a great way to add that much needed cozy factor that we all love as the cooler temperatures approach!

living room sectional and coffee table decorated for fall

Ever since we remodeled our entire main floor (minus this living room), I’ve been on a purging spree.

When it became early fall I just knew I’d want to keep a subtle fall feel this year to avoid bringing in a bunch of new things. After all, my goal was to reduce the amount of clutter in our lives!

three fall colored throw pillows on the corner of the couch

Living in this one room for 12 weeks, with half our house stuffed in here, has given me a new found appreciation for minimalist style in living spaces. I just want all the extra stuff gone!

gold and blue throw pillows on the couch

I’ve really gone back to basics in this space, and I love how much bigger and open it feels as a result. We spend a lot of time in here, so feeling stressed about the amount of decor or stuff occupying the area wouldn’t do a bit of good.

neutral fall throw pillows

To bring in a subtle touch of fall colors, I’ve incorporated this pretty shade of gold alongside my usual blues and neutrals. One of the best ways to add pops of color is to use pillow covers. I can easily store them each year without using up tons of space. It adds just enough warmth and definitely adds that fall feeling.

You definitely don’t have to completely redo your color scheme each season, just bring in pops of seasonally appropriate tones to your existing home decor like I do!

blanket draped over the arm of the couch

While I’m not quite ready for pumpkin everything yet, I did pick up one of these pretty glass pumpkin candles at Target and I love it on our coffee table. It’s an easy way to bring fall vibes to the space without being too bold.

I’m also a fan of white pumpkins or tiny pumpkins if you’re hoping to do things in a subtle way during the cooler months. Remember, you don’t have to use bright orange pumpkins to resemble fall!

amber vase on the coffee table with fall decorative objects
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Incorporating natural elements or fall foliage is a great option for subtle, minimal autumn decor. Grasses and pampas (whether real or faux) continue to be a popular trend this year as they have been in past years, and I can see why. They add soft color and wonderful texture to any vase.

This particular set was from Michael’s last year and I wasn’t able to find any when I recently visited, but keep an eye out at your local store.

amber vase with tall fall grasses spilling out

The mantel is uncluttered and simple, the way I like it. I haven’t switched up the art on our Frame TV since early summer, because I think this particular print still works for the fall.

However, for an easy update, you could explore arts that have warm colors, fall florals, or seasonal fruits. There are many great options out there!

subtle mantel decor for fall

Candles also provide ambient lighting and look great on fireplace mantels.

goldenrod candles in candlesticks on the fireplace mantel

Moving into the kitchen — it’s only been a couple of months since our remodel was completed and I’m still enjoying our beautiful new space.

I brought in an oversized vase with faux olive branches that add a little wow factor next to the sink.

view of kitchen island and rest of kitchen decorated for fall
kitchen window with a large vase next to the sink filled with olive branches

The same golden shade that I used in the living room is mirrored in a simple hand towel and provides a sweet little touch of color next to the stove.

view of the stove with a fall colored towel and blue dutch oven on the stovetop
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fall themed objects next to the kitchen stove

Finally, a simple ceramic pumpkin on the shelf finishes off my subtle touches of fall in the kitchen!

I thought it was a super easy way to showcase traditional fall accents without being too obvious. Of course pumpkins just have to make an appearance somewhere! But, you can do them minimally and in a neutral color to avoid being overly in your face.

a small ceramic pumpkin on the kitchen floating shelf

What do you think of my simple and subtle fall decor? By sprinkling in these hints of fall this time of year you’ll have a cozy feel in no time.

Since most of our time is spent in the living room or kitchen, focusing on these two spaces has helped keep things stress free and enjoyable.

Will you embrace a more minimalistic approach to decorating your home for the fall season? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Lisa Simonson says:

    Where did you get the picture above the fire place (fall decor)
    Thank You

      1. I do a little more than you but yes I have changed too less is enough.
        Your home is very pretty