11 Neutral Fall Decor Pieces Perfect for Minimalists

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Halloween neutral fall living room.

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The kitsch and whimsy of Halloween and autumnal decor can be fun, but if you’re a minimalist, it can also be a nightmare. Orange, purple, and neon green don’t exactly fit in with a neutral aesthetic—and if trying to decorate with these colors is giving you a larger fright than Halloween night, we understand.

In an effort to find a way to create a stunning seasonal home and embrace our inner minimalists, we talked to Sarai Reed, a D.C.-based lifestyle content creator and a design consultant for Homesense, who helped us curate a list of festive—but still neutral—decor pieces to snag for fall.

Tapered Candles

“The number one thing I’d add to a minimalist room to amp up the festive or spooky vibes is tapered candles,” Reed says. “They make me think of fall at Hogwarts. They’re spooky, elegant, and suggest a hint of even better holidays to come.”

Serena & Lily Tapered Candles (Set of 6)

Tapered Candles (Set of 6)

Serena & Lily

Simple Candle Holders

You’ll need candle holders for your tapered candles, of course, but an all-out Halloween candelabra is not required. We love these simple wooden candle holders that are perfect for a minimalist tablescape or pared-down mantel.

World Market Wood Taper Candle Holder

Wood Taper Candle Holder

World Market

All-Natural Garlands

 If you’re looking to add something simple but effective, Reed suggests going as natural as possible. 

“A simple garland, unadorned with lights, tinsel, or fake snow can really go a long way on a banister or mantel,” she tells us. “If you’re going with a live garland, make sure you read up on the care required. There are some pretty convincing fakes out there, too.”

National Tree Company 72-Inch Pumpkin and Pinecone Garland

72-Inch Pumpkin and Pinecone Garland

Bed Bath & Beyond

Dried Wreaths

Much like Reed’s tips for garlands, a simple wreath is also a great way to make a statement. Anything dried feels instantly autumnal, and if you skip the ribbons, lights, and cutesy Halloween figures, it’ll be that much more likely to last you all season long.

Terrain Preserved Fern Wreath

Preserved Fern Wreath

Anthropologie

Mood-Setting Incense

Scented candles are great, but incense can do the job while making less of a visual impact.  

“You can tap into a fall palette or a spooky vibe without necessarily going full pumpkin spice,” Reed says. “Dim the lights and get some spicy, smoky incense burning. You’ve just channeled Halloween without bringing in a single squash.”

TheArtRoomCeramics Ceramic Black Incense Stick Holder

TheArtRoomCeramics Ceramic Black Incense Stick Holder

Persimmons Over Pumpkins

If you’re looking for a pumpkin alternative, Reed has a stellar suggestion. “Persimmons in a pretty vessel make an amazing centerpiece—much better than mini pumpkins, if you ask me.”

VOSAREA Fake Persimmon String

Fake Persimmon String

Amazon

A Decorative Centerpiece Bowl

Whether you go with persimmons or another harvest pick, a simple decorative bowl is a must. Collect your dried or faux gourds in something that will really show off the intended pop of color.

West Elm Oaxaca Ceramic Decorative Bowl

Oaxaca Ceramic Decorative Bowl

Courtesy of West Elm

Velvet Curtains

One of the best ways to add life to a minimalist space is with texture. “Halloween is only the beginning of that time of year we know and love: sweater weather," Reed says. “I like to mark the colder months in my home with plenty of cozy textiles like velvet curtains.”

West Elm European Flax Linen & Luster Velvet Curtain

West Elm European Flax Linen & Luster Velvet Curtains

Cozy Throw Blankets

Much like velvet curtains, cozy throw blankets in a heavier knit or with a bit of fringe can add visual interest without taking over your space entirely. 

“It’s okay to approach certain home decor items the same way you think about your wardrobe—they can be seasonal,” Reed says. “If it’s not too much of a hassle, think about swapping out your linens or other textiles for heavier, warmer options. They convey a feeling of fall without being over-the-top holiday-themed.”

Casaluna Oversized Solid Bed Throw

Oversized Solid Bed Throw

Target

Dim Lighting

As Reed notes, keeping the light level low automatically adds an air of coziness to your home. If your space isn’t equipped with dimmers, add some smaller light sources, like this adorable pumpkin lamp. It offers a touch of magic as well as some ambient, cozy lighting. 

Bee & Willow LED Pumpkin in Amber

LED Pumpkin in Amber

Bed Bath & Beyond

A Simplified Entryway

“During the holiday season, boxes, coats, and other seasonal miscellany tend to pile up in the entryway of many homes,” Reed says.  “Keep your space feeling festive and minimal.” 

Add shelving, storage baskets, or hooks—whatever it takes to simplify your space.

West Elm Bekins All-In-One Entryway Storage

Bekins All-In-One Entryway Storage

West Elm

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