- 1. Enhance a wreath with colorful ribbon
- 2. Swap foliage for feathers for a more unique look
- 3. Opt for a simple fall wreath
- 4. Color coordinate your fall wreath with foliage
- 5. Adorn an entryway with foliage
- 6. Make a statement with a low-hanging wreath
- 7. Hang a modern rustic wreath above the mantel
- 8. Take a more minimalist, less is more approach
- 9. Enhance your table decor with a wreath token
- 10. Bring beautiful decoration into a guest bedroom
- 11. Invest in the best wreath you can afford
- 12. Swap a mirror for a festive fall wreath
- 13. Deck the halls with animal-friendly decoration
- 14. Opt for a large, over-sized wreath
- 15. Choose a striking, asymmetrical design
- Shop some of our favorite fall wreaths
A beautiful fall wreath can add a sense of wonderful occasion to any setting, helping to mark the changing of the seasons through stylish natural decor.
A fall wreath can enhance your fall decor ideas with the textures and colors of nature, and they can be a simple way to update your home to mark the seasonal celebration of fall.
Whether you learn how to make a fall wreath from crafted from flowers and foliage, ideal for fall front door decor, or opt for a stylish faux design to hang above a fireplace for fall mantel ideas, there are so many wonderful designs to choose from.
Explore our favorite wreath ideas for fall
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 at the dining table.
From different wreath materials and styles, to wreath placement ideas and more, these are our favorite fall wreath ideas – we think they are simply beautiful.
1. Enhance a wreath with colorful ribbon
If you've decided to make your own fall wreath from foliage and flowers gathered from your yard or garden, an elegant piece of flowing ribbon can add the perfect finishing touch; effortlessly upgrading the wreath design from simple to stylish.
Whether you choose to tie one piece of floating ribbon at the bottom of your wreath, beautifully shown on the wreath above, or decorate your wreath design with multiple small ribbon bows, wreaths and ribbon go hand in hand – as we further explore in our dedicated piece, wreath ribbon ideas.
2. Swap foliage for feathers for a more unique look
Why not swap a more classic wreath design for one made from more unusual, unlikely materials, pheasant feathers anyone?
We think this feather design would work wonderfully for fall front door decor – especially to enhance cottage front door ideas.
If feathers, or very realistic faux feathers are not your style, then why not embrace an elegant metal design, like this Bronzed Laurel option from Terrain.
3. Opt for a simple fall wreath
Once you know how to make a fall wreath, it's unlikely you'll go back to ready-made. We have a simple step-by-step that shows how easy and quick it is to make a fall wreath, but you may like to buy a basic base you can simply add to every season.
'The best fall wreath ideas are home made with foliage found in your yard,' says Rachel Crow, Homes & Gardens' garden editor. 'However, if you don't have time for fall craft ideas, you can copy what I do, which is to take a twig base (I like this twig wreath base from Amazon) and add your own foliage finds, real or faux, to it to update it for each season or celebration.'
4. Color coordinate your fall wreath with foliage
'Outdoor fall decor is most successful when it's matched to your yard's foliage, be that fall flowers for pots, plants for fall color that you have recently put in or even the trees for fall color you have further down the yard,' says Rachel Crow.
'Realistically, this means choosing fall color schemes for your wreaths, including rusty reds, burnished orange and gold. I like to add sprigs of berries and scented cones to the wreaths I hang on my front door,' continues Rachel. 'That way, guests get to enjoy a visual treat as well as the wonderful aromas of fall.'
5. Adorn an entryway with foliage
Looking for fall porch ideas or something to dress up your entryway? 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.
6. Make a statement with a low-hanging wreath
Fall wreaths are often amongst fall table decor ideas, creating a focal point at the center of the table. However, while they look beautiful, they can take up so much space that they need to be removed when it's time to dine. So, what's the solution? Hanging your fall wreath above the table instead.
'I love this idea,' says Lucy Searle, Editor in Chief, Homes & Gardens. 'It makes a dining space feel more intimate, especially if thread through with battery-powered string lights, and you can tailor it exactly to suit the color scheme in your dining room or of your celebration.'
Lucy Searle has written about interiors, property and gardens for over 30 years, starting within the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-1990s. In 2018, Lucy took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. She was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where she has also taken on the editorship of the magazine, which is the UK's oldest interiors magazine at 103 years old. Lucy is a serial renovator and also owns rental properties in the UK and Europe, so brings first-hand knowledge to the subjects she oversees.
7. Hang a modern rustic wreath above the mantel
Think outside of the green box when selecting or foraging for your fall mantel ideas. 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,' says Sarah Spiteri, Homes & Gardens' Editorial Director. '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.'
I am Editorial Director of Future's Homes network, and I am very proud to run the brilliant media brands Homes & Gardens (including its sister print magazines Country Homes and Period Living) and Livingetc. I've been writing and editing interiors, design, decorating and lifestyle content for my whole career and I am utterly passionate about it. It spills into my home life, too, as I renovate projects with my husband George. Style-wise I am most comfortable in pared-back spaces, where a curated selection of pieces have room to breathe. I love raw linen, textured plaster, weathered wood and luscious marble. I then also try to mix in an imaginative or surprising touch - like a bespoke cornice (we recently did a fun bobbin design), an accent chair with a frill or a stand-out pattern in a small entryway. It’s all about the detail.
8. Take a more minimalist, less is more approach
Fall front door decor needn't be limited to the outside of the door; hanging wreaths on the back of doors is a lovely idea, too. All the better if the door panels are glazed, so that the wreath can be seen from both sides.
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.
9. Enhance your table decor with a wreath token
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.
10. Bring beautiful decoration into a 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 subtle fall colors 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 wreath 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.
11. Invest in the best wreath you can afford
The secret to successful fall wreath 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.
Simon Lycett started his floristry firm in 1993, and has gone on to become one of the UK's most sought-after and well-known names in the industry, providing flowers for Historic Royal Palaces and venues across the country.
12. Swap a mirror for a festive fall 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.
13. Deck the halls with animal-friendly decoration
Incorporating wreath ideas into your wildlife garden 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.
14. Opt for a large, over-sized wreath
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.
'You can match them with your fall planter ideas outside for a cohesive scheme,' says Jennifer Ebert, Homes & Gardens' Digital Editor.
Jen is the Deputy Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens online. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.
15. Choose a striking, 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.
Shop some of our favorite fall wreaths
Hang this fall wreath on your door or above your mantel, and let the natural, fragrant greens fill your home with the delightful aroma of nature.
This colorful wreath will bring in the beautiful colors of fall into your home, perfect for hanging on a door, on a wall or above a fireplace.
Where should you hang fall wreaths?
Fall wreaths aren't limited to front doors. They are best hung in 'public' spaces of the home where everyone can see them: in the entryway above a console table, over a fireplace in a living room, and above a dining table in a dining room or kitchen. However, it is also lovely to put them in bedrooms: from yours to the kids' to guest bedrooms.
How do you make fall 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, hydrangeas that lose their vivacity but take on new beauty with age.
Not just reserved for the front door, you could cover the whole house 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.
For a decorating idea similar to fall wreaths, why not get your home ready for fall by adorning each room with beautiful bouquets of dried flowers – we love Afloral's fall collection of dried designs.
Decorating with dried flowers of course can be done at any time of year, but they can be a great way to enhance your home with the beauty of nature when bright, summer blooms are no longer in season.
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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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