Living room fall decor ideas – 10 design rules for a warm and cozy seasonal retreat

Our curated selection of living room fall decor ideas will help you enjoy the long evenings in the most comfortable of spaces

Living room fall decor with blue walls and stone fireplace
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Living room fall decor ideas that are warm, cozy and inviting are pretty much top of most people's lists at the moment – for obvious reasons, when you consider that the most used space in a home is the living space.

From effortlessly elegant color schemes to quiet rooms to retreat to, living room fall decor should be functional and, above all, comfortable – particularly if all you crave is a soothing space.

There are plenty of big – and small – updates you can make to your living room to make the space feel more seasonal this fall. 

Living room fall decor

Read on to discover our favorite living room ideas for fall – and invite warmth, coziness and lustrous layers into your home.

1. Go for a dynamic scheme with neutrals

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If you thought neutral living room ideas weren't a wise choice for fall, think again. Even a light living room that's lacking in color can still be bursting with visual appeal. 'In fact, I love working with a neutral color working with a neutral color palette because it can really translate to any design style,' says interior designer and TV personality Bobby Berk. (opens in new tab) 'But the key to doing it successfully is to embrace a variety of elements that will add interest.' 

'Think about pieces that draw the eye, like sculptural vases, patterned cushions or a graphic living room rug for warmth and interest. Layering these items will make a room come to life, even when using only neutral shades. These elements can also bring in an array of tones and patterns that will make the space much more dynamic, too.'

2. Achieve a cozy living room with upholstered furniture

Living room fall decor with upholstered furniture

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Upholstered furniture is another way of varying your living room fall decor, by pairing smoother fabrics (like velvet or leather) with chunkier, woven knits. And anything natural – plants, dried branches, woven baskets – will add an organic feel. 

Delicate grasses, dried seedbeds and textures thatch also inspire a soft toned fall look that cossets and soothes.

3. Introduce warmth with texture

Living room fall decor with brown color scheme

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Texture in interior design is vital, and is often used to great effect when planning a cozy living room for fall. 

'Texture and layering is all about creating tactile moments that invite touch,' says Tiffany Leigh, of Tiffany Leigh Design (opens in new tab). 'It refers to the feel, appearance or consistency of a surface or material. Textures help to keep a space from feeling flat or one dimensional, making them optimal for fall and winter living rooms.'

For a multi-layered look, tactile weaves like bouclé look beautiful when layered against the luxurious feel of faux shagreen or rough-hewn timber to give a room some depth and sense of history.

4. Create warmth and ambience 

Living room fall decor with yellow wall and leather sofa

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Texture and pattern are your friends when it comes to living room fall decor. Use them on walls and floors to add vibrant impact as well as bold contrast against warming blocks of mustard and terracotta. 

‘Tactile textures and dried grasses in earthy tones continue to be popular decorative accessories,’ says Claire Hornby, Head of Creative at Barker and Stonehouse (opens in new tab).

‘They not only have a visual design function, they are also great to touch and feel,’ she says. ‘In addition, using woven baskets continues to add artisanal interest to this scheme as well as provide much needed storage solutions.’

5. Mix and match modern and rustic materials 

Living room fall decor with leather sofa, wood floor and furniture

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Combining the warmth of a rural retreat with the opulence of a Georgian townhouse, this living room fall decor look is perfect for those looking to create a seasonal hibernation spot for winter. 

‘Accessories with texture and a visual point of difference create layers of interest in a room,’ says Claire Hornby. ‘A velvet cushion or throw for example, provides both decorative opulence as well as adding a comforting tactile element that further enhances a homely, inviting feel.’

6. Modernize a bohemian living room

Living room fall decor with fireplace, brick wall and shelving

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Don't automatically assume that the color white will make a room feel cold. White, teamed with plenty of texture and natural fabrics and surfaces, can look instantly appealing, like in this modern bohemian living room idea above – while dark shades on walls will make a room feel cozy, not small.

'Boho is one of those styles that is completely unique and able to be interpreted in so many ways,' says Bobby Berk. 'And for us, the most interesting and unexpected take is combining boho with more modern elements for a truly 21st-century twist.'

At the heart of boho style is an eclectic mix of materials, patterns and eras. Limiting color palette to tone-on-tone is a good place to start, whether its going with warmer shades for fall or cooler shades for spring. And bringing in white, black and wood tones will also help to amp up the modern feel. 

7. Amp up the cozy factor 

Living room fall decor with fireplace and wood floor

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Aside from installing a living room fireplace, a woodburning stove or adding more radiators, there's plenty of cozy living room ideas that will add visual warmth to a space through decor.  

Add cosseting fabrics and accessories for instant warmth, and if you're worried your living room may look too warm or dark in spring and summertime, you can always switch out some of your decor – swap dark, heavy drapes for lighter, brighter versions, and scale back the use of throws and pillows.

8. Go for a deeper shade of blue

Living room fall decor with stone fireplace

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If you're looking for living room ideas that are calming, even in the busiest of households, then blue is the living room color scheme to choose.

‘Blue is a surprisingly versatile color that can work all around the house’, says Kathryn Lloyd, color specialist at Crown Design Studio (opens in new tab). ‘All the different tones of blue have the power to convey a variety of moods, from tranquil to vibrant, so they can be easily introduced in any type of living room, no matter the size or style.’

‘Darker colors can imbue a magical quality in your living room, maximizing its coziness’, says Patrick O’Donnell, brand ambassador at Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab). With blue being one of the world’s longest standing most popular colors, it’s safe to say it’s been added to the timeless palette. It’s hard to go wrong with this elegant, rich color. 

9. Dress your space with lustrous texture 

Living room fall decor with landscape mural

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Scenic landscape murals are the biggest story in decorating today – wonderfully atmospheric and evocative, a statement design will transform a space and capture the imagination. 

Combining dreamy watercolor and textural grasscloth, this wall mural has a timeless feel, complemented by furnishings in terracotta, sky blues and faded leafy blue-greens. Clean lines keep the look fresh and contemporary – perfect for the changing seasons. 

10. Decorate in a palette of primary colors

Living room fall decor with primary color palette

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Decorating with primary colors may have fallen out of fashion in recent years in favor of paler, neutral living room color schemes, but adding bold brights can be done in a way that's sophisticated and refined, if the primaries are included in subtle additions rather than swathes of color.

When choosing primaries for your living room fall decor – and their derivations – bear in mind that cool colors recede meaning they are exceptional choices for bright spaces that you want to feel calm and spacious; warmer colors advance, making them ideal for creating cozy, lively spaces in winter. 

How can I decorate my living room in the fall?

The best way to decorate your living room in the fall is to update you space with a shot of fresh color. Fall puts everyone in the mood for change, especially when it comes to living room fall decor. One of the simplest and most effective ways to update your space and express your personality is through color. 

Modern paint companies offer a broad range of shades that are constantly innovating, offering new opportunities to create something unique. For this fall, the color trends to watch out for are all about creating a rich, dark mood using inky blues, berry reds and occasional shots of dusky greys that bring a sense of mystery and grandeur to a living room. 

For those who need more energy, look out for earthy shades of the season – burnt oranges, forest greens, intense blues – but mix them in bold, invigorating combinations. 

Finally, aim to curate a scheme that presents a gentle, painterly atmosphere that takes its inspiration from soft watercolors and bleached linens for a palette of chalky, muted tones of chocolate, sage and mauve. The overall effect is soothing and reflective, ideal for winter living rooms.

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.