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Decorate the Dining Room for Autumn

Updated on July 5, 2017
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Autumn Is Usually Yellows and Oranges - Surprise People with White and Gold

Isn't this table setting elegant! The miniature white pumpkin, layered plates, and ribbon in shades of cream look lovely, yet still evoke that autumn feeling.
Isn't this table setting elegant! The miniature white pumpkin, layered plates, and ribbon in shades of cream look lovely, yet still evoke that autumn feeling. | Source

Fall Decor for the Dining Room

Cooler days, falling leaves and Thanksgiving coming soon. It's time to add some autumn touches to the dining room decor.

Besides the traditional colors of gold and orange, baskets of harvest vegetables and some mums, there are many ways to give a fall look to your dining room. After the heat of summer, I'm enjoying the brisk days of this time of year and want to bring the beauty of the autumn leaves and their rich colors inside.

Here are some suggestions to revitalize that room with some seasonal decorating touches.

Graphic available from Zazzle: Autumn Table Mouse Pad by Sandyspider

A Rustic Pitcher and Big Sunflowers - add an autumn feel to your dining room

It feels like a Van Gogh painting. Recreate this look for your sideboard or on your table.
It feels like a Van Gogh painting. Recreate this look for your sideboard or on your table. | Source

A White Pumpkin for the Table Arrangement

Mr. Light Walter White Funkin, 8" x 8"
Mr. Light Walter White Funkin, 8" x 8"

Unexpected, this light-colored pumpkin surprises the eye and anchors the grouping with the bold yellows and browns. I have a number of these faux pumpkins and you'll get years of use from them. They are lightweight and indestructible, so just toss them into your storage bin for next autumn.

 

Duplicate this arrangement with the items above and below.

Graphic available from Zazzle: sunflowers and sweet corn greeting cards by dryfhout.


A Rustic Pitcher - Perfect for Holding Sunflowers

IMAX 50208 Garnet Pitcher
IMAX 50208 Garnet Pitcher

I looked all around for a pitcher to match the inspiration photo. Isn't this one great! It's rustic with the artfully applied paint and that rust color will contrast marvelously with the yellow of the sunflowers.

 
This colorful mousepad has all the fall colors that I love. The tans and rusts and the bursts of bold orange.
This colorful mousepad has all the fall colors that I love. The tans and rusts and the bursts of bold orange. | Source

Fall Decorating Blitzkrieg

This year I was late putting my autumn decorating touches around the house. I can blame it on travel, but decided not to make excuses, to just get going. I lugged in my green storage tub filled with faux leaves and foam pumpkins.
Although I didn't time myself, I estimate that I decorated the great room, the entryway and the dining room in under an hour. Wow! I'm a speed demon decorator.
Usually I drag it out for a day with my finicky arranging and re-arranging to get just the look I want. Not this time. I stuffed some silk mums and leaves into a vase, placed some colorful squash artfully around the base and the dining room table was done. It helps that I decorate each fall, so I have a pretty good idea of where pieces will look the most dramatic or which pieces harmonize with each other.

Two small jack-o-lanterns were sufficient for the nook in the entryway. After Halloween, I turn them around and just show the plain pumpkins. A few fake leaves tucked here and there completed my work. Looks fine and saved a bunch of time.
The green tub went back to the garage shelving, and my great room and dining room are ready for visitors, the holidays, and for us to enjoy.

Decorate the Sideboard or China Cabinet

This grouping of a basket with faux fall leaves, a pumpkin, and a vintage tin are on the sideboard in the dining room.
This grouping of a basket with faux fall leaves, a pumpkin, and a vintage tin are on the sideboard in the dining room. | Source

Fabric Tablecloth with a Harvest Theme

Benson Mills Harvest Splendor Engineered Printed Fabric Tablecloth, 70-Inch Round
Benson Mills Harvest Splendor Engineered Printed Fabric Tablecloth, 70-Inch Round

The harvest scene makes a striking border around this tablecloth. Marvelous for a fall meal or Thanksgiving feast.

 

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Add Candles to the Autumn Dining Room

Serve the Soup in a Pumpkin Tureen

Functional and decorative at the same time. A warm bowl of soup hits the spot in the autumn when outdoor temperatures are getting colder.

You can even use this to hold some lovely rust and yellow mums (faux or real ones) if you aren't having soup.

Pumpkin Shaped Soup Tureen

Grasslands Road Thankful - Pumpkin Tureen with Ladle - 470241
Grasslands Road Thankful - Pumpkin Tureen with Ladle - 470241

Not just for Thanksgiving. You'll use this through the summer and fall. I wanted one of these for ages and finally gave in. It sets the tone for an autumn meal of soup and crusty bread. The chill fall days are perfect soup weather.

 

Videos from Youtube with Tips for Transforming a Dining Room - in the fall

Orange Candles and Mums with a Gold Tablecloth

Elegant and filled with autumn touches of orange and gold.
Elegant and filled with autumn touches of orange and gold. | Source

Do You Change Your Dining Room Accessories for the Seasons?

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      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      I love the pumpkin soup tureen.

    • BelleBanks profile image

      BelleBanks 

      5 years ago

      I love decorating every room for autumn including the dining room.

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