Fresh & Beautiful: 2021 Fall Decor Trends to Try at Home

September 03, 2021 4 min read

fall decor trends 2021

While rustic colors and cute pumpkins will always be equated with autumn, this year's home decorating trends provide fresh ways to spice up that style. Here, we've compiled new insights from interior designers and stylists to make your home stand out this season.

If you want to wow your guests on Thanksgiving dinner, or if you just feel like refreshing your interior decor this fall, read on!


1. Warm, earthy neutrals

Take a break from deep reds and dark browns this year. The choice palette for Fall 2021 is warmer, lighter, and more inviting, while staying true to nature. "I think anything with a more earthy and neutral tone is perfect to set the stage for fall," opines interior designer Amanda Evans.

At the forefront of this palette is 2021's favorite hue: terracotta. Alongside it are earth-toned neutrals like sand, wheat, warm wood, and stone.

Check out our earth-toned neutral decor picks below -- perfect on your mantel or over your dining room table:

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "There's Always Something To Be Thankful For" Premium Canvas V2


Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Pickup Truck & Names On Hearts" Premium Canvas


2. Forest greens

Alongside the earthen color palette, green has become a top pick across various decor forecasts. Emerald, jade, moss, and sage -- these are just some of the lovely green shades popping up all over this year. Note how these hues are cool and muted, reminiscent of forest floors and foliage.

If you don't feel like painting your walls a dramatic green, inject this color in accents instead, like with our Celtic-themed throw pillow and blanket.

Blanket pictured above: Celtic Knots Design Premium Irish Fleece Blanket

Pillow pictured above: Celtic Knots Design Irish Pillow


3. Pastel pink

Pink colors in autumn? Yes, please. While this color is usually associated with summer or spring, a light, barely-there shade of pink can actually work to create a rustic-nostalgic look that's perfect for fall. According to stylist Madison of Space+Habit, "This fall, expect to see a variation of monochromatic fall decor schemes with pastel pinks leading the pack."

For best results, pick one or two decor elements in the softest shade of pink you can find. Then group them with in-season accents in complementing colors. Our favorite combo is light-pink furniture accentuated with dried flowers, chunky knits, and vintage art.


4. Clever dividers

Open floor plans have been huge for so long, but now it seems home-dwellers want to set up actual partitions between spaces (especially for those who need a home office without remodeling).

"We are seeing a push for some separation [while] keeping sight lines to the adjacent rooms," says architect Eddie Maestri. "One solution we have incorporated is decorative partition screens. We have also incorporated serving counters to act as definition between the kitchen and living space.”

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Kitchen - Seasoned With Love" Premium Canvas


5. Aged metals

"When distressed with just the right amount of patina, woods and metals bring a soft glow perfect for fall," say the stylists at Living Spaces. We love this trend because it allows us to display those antique brass heirlooms on the mantelpiece! If you have your own aged or distressed metal decor -- such as vases, candleholders, and lamps -- sprinkle them in decor vignettes around the house.


6. Custom prints

Generic, impersonal landscapes and that good old "Live, Laugh, Love" poster are gradually retiring, giving rise to prettier personalized wall art. Here on Gear Den, many of our bestselling wall art pieces are those that tell a story about their family or loved ones. Check out the romantic "love story" custom art print above, or the customized family monogram art below.

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Where It All Began" Couple's Premium Canvas


Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Family Name" Color Choice Premium Canvas


7. Statement lighting

While not a new decor element, attention-grabbing lighting pieces are a particular headliner this season.

"I think people are becoming more adventurous with their lighting choices, really taking advantage of them as a statement design element in a room," says interior designer Kate Lester. "In the past people deferred more toward can lighting and recessed lighting, but now we are seeing a number of pendant and hanging lights to anchor rooms."


8. Velvet

Another material that's been getting a lot of attention now is velvet -- which makes sense, because it's a warm, cozy fabric perfect for sweater weather.

"To embrace velvet’s plush luxury, think in terms of velvet layers," suggest Living Spaces stylists. The most effortless way to do this? Layer some velvet throw pillows with other plush cushions on your sofa.

Wall art pictured above: "There's Good In Every Day" Premium Canvas


Which of these trends do you love for your home? Share with us in the comments!

And if you liked the wall art and home decor items above, browse for highly rated canvas prints, pillows, blankets, and more!

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