These fall wreath ideas will add a sense of occasion to any room and is, of course, perfect for a seaonal celebration.
A DIY fall wreath can be made with just-picked flowers, but it’s also a great way to use up ones that are on their way out – blooms that are wilting but still have pliable stems can be braided and will dry nicely.
Bay leaves, gomphrena and strawflowers are especially good choices for an arrangement, as they’re all very long-lasting and dry well. The colors of strawflowers feel almost unreal (in the best way) and bring a sense of whimsy to your fall decor ideas.
However, if you are a traditionalist at heart, fall foliage favorites also include varieties of eucalyptus, ivy, holly and box. Frankly, you can decorate your fall wreath with anything from flowers to seed heads, pinecones to cinnamon sticks.
Fall wreath ideas
Wreaths don't just need to be for doors – as we show below, they make wonderful decor elements inside rooms, on walls, furniture and even the dining table. These are our favorite fall wreath ideas – we think they are simply beautiful.
1. Festoon with foliage
The classic fall or Christmas wreath can often be far too beautiful to be left out in the cold, so if you decide to display one inside always consider how its foliage will work with your interiors.
A design like this seed head and moss creation has a wonderfully pale and ethereal look, making it the ideal focal point for a darker corner in your home. In this setting, the curved shape of the crescent table echoes the circular wreath, while the white bowl picks up on the highlighted areas of foliage above.
If you are looking for other options to add pale tones to a wreath, consider integrating white heather or snowberry as both will stand out in darker areas.
2. Hang a modern rustic wreath above the mantel
Think outside of the green box when selecting or foraging for your foliage. Add an unexpected, but still naturalistic, touch by incorporating seed heads into your fall wreaths and garlands.
The sharp silhouettes of these dried teasels are gently softened with occasional sprays of delicate foliage. If you’re into the sphagnum moss bowls that have been populating Instagram, take things a step further and fill your hearth with a generous helping of foliage to continue the look throughout the whole vignette. Seed heads, when handled carefully, can be used for years, and opt for preserved moss if you want the entire scheme to be ready to go next fall, too.
3. Take a less is more approach
Fall wreaths don’t always have to be laden with foliage – for a delicate take on the tradition, instead choose a simple brass hoop adorned with a single sprig of fir. While this option uses a candleholder hoop for added glow, you can just use foliage.
4. Leave a token of gratitude for friends and family
Consider creating natural fall wreath decorations that not only look beautiful but also act as party favors. Here, creative florists Worm. have woven dried leftover foliage and materials from bigger projects into a circle to create a look that will outlive the evening and become an elegant keepsake.
5. Don't forget the guest bedroom
‘We make our own fall wreath and it’s a project that can be done as a family. It’s meaningful if everybody finds something special to add to the wreath,’ says Katie Smyth of Worm.
Fall wreaths don’t have to be the usual holly and fir rings though, or for the front door. Try something new with dried tropical leaves sprayed in a subtle fall color scheme with a metallic hint (like Worm’s dried wreath, above). It will add drama all year round wherever you hang it.
‘We are always drawn to handmade and natural fall decor ideas. There is nothing more satisfying than bringing in foraged rose hips, pine and bare branches from the garden. Simply place them in vases around the house,’ adds Katie.
6. Invest in the best wreath you can afford
The secret to successful fall decorating is to be as generous with flowers and foliage as your budget allows. Seasonality and sustainability are key, so choose fall wreaths that are made with native foliage such as spruce, holly, ivy, yew and fir.
If you are after something more contemporary, then forgo the holly and berries. ‘As well as the usual pine, holly and ivy, try using glossy bundles of camellia foliage and glaucous eucalyptus to add a whole new dimension to your fall decorations,’ says Royal florist, Simon Lycett.
7. Swap a mirror for a festive wreath
Don’t confine a floral wreath to the front door. Instead, add seasonal cheer to any room in your home with fall wreath that will make you smile, each and every day.
Hang a fall wreath above a sideboard or console table in the same way as you would usually hang a mirror or a picture for an added element of decoration.
8. Deck the halls with animal-friendly decoration
At the start of the pandemic – nearer Easter than Christmas – people dug out their outdoor fall decor in an effort to cheer up the global gloom. When we are confined to our homes, making our own space look exquisite is more important than ever before for lifting the winter spirits. Incorporating wreath ideas into your fall porch ideas is a great way to bring some interest and intrigue to your scheme.
A natural, sustainable vibe – with minimal plastic and packaging – is hot on the agenda for many of us. Although most festive foliage is off limits for pets or farmyard animals – holly, mistletoe, ivy and yew, for starters. Instead, keep it simple with edible apples, or pears. You can also add a festive touch with the red berries of hawthorn and rosehip, which are not toxic to animals, unlike holly or yew berries.
9. Keep it contemporary and simple
The hall is the first area of your home that your visitors see, so dress it with an impressive wreath. A design made up of just one type of flower or foliage is an elegant option with dramatic impact.
10. Go for an asymmetrical design
Wreaths don’t have to be symmetrical. Play around with different-shaped bases, or create unusual asymmetrical designs by arranging foliage, berries and flowers over two-thirds of a circular base.
How do you make autumn wreaths?
Once a staple of eighties decor, dried flowers are back, part of the new mood towards sustainability and making things last and not simply growing and displaying blooms to discard days later. But think dusky rather than dusty, peonies that have paled as they’ve been preserved, hydrangreas that lose their vivacity but take on new beauty with age.
Not just reserved for the front door, you could cover the whole house – fall table decor, fall mantel and staircase – in dried flowers; dried rose balls are both fragrant and pretty, or pick out a daring wreath to hang in a guest bedroom. Choose one that goes with your existing scheme and that won’t need changing throughout the seasons.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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