6 easy Thanksgiving decor ideas – uplift your space with seasonal styling in no time

If you're looking for simple and stress-free decorating ideas for Thanksgiving, then look no further, designers share their top tips for creating a stylish and speedy seasonal display

Easy Thanksgiving decor ideas. Decorated dining room, cozy living room, candle and flowers on table.
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Our collection of easy Thanksgiving decor ideas can effortlessly transform your home with stylish decoration for the seasonal celebration. 

As much as many of us love going all out with Thanksgiving decor, some of us prefer taking a more relaxed and straightforward approach to the big day, so we've asked a collection of design experts for their favorite ways to create a more simple seasonal scheme. 

From decorating with pumpkins, to quick updates you can make to your existing decor with candles and flowers, this is how to embrace easy Thanksgiving decor.

6 Easy Thanksgiving decorating ideas

Whether you're looking to create a more minimalist Thanksgiving scheme and are in need of some simple styling tips, or will be having Thanksgiving dinner elsewhere this year but still want to add a few seasonal accents to your space to enjoy in the lead-up, these easy decorating ideas can make your home feel more cozy, special and in sync with the season – without a ton of effort.

1. Style with stacks of pumpkins

white and natural table setting with earthenware plates, vintage cutlery and candlesticks, two green pumpkins

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It doesn't get more seasonal and festive than styling your space with a simple stack of pumpkins for Thanksgiving. 

From real pumpkins picked at a pumpkin farm, perfect for placing on doorsteps and front porches for outdoor Thanksgiving decor, to elegant faux pumpkins that can be used across your home, these seasonal squashes are wonderfully versatile. 

'Instead of carving, try pumpkin painting ideas in gold, white, or with intricate, unique designs, and scatter them around your home, ideal for shelves, mantels, or as part of Thanksgiving table arrangements' says interior designer, Artem Kropovinsky.

'One large pumpkin or a collection of smaller gourds can also serve as a great Thanksgiving centerpiece. Surround with pine cones, berries, or autumn leaves to finish the look,' says Artem.

The beauty of pumpkins is that they can be used for fall decor and Halloween decor too, so if you've already got an assortment of pumpkin decorations on display, you can use these for your Thanksgiving decor too. You may need to refresh any real pumpkins with some new ones however. 

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Artem Kropovinsky

Founder of NYC-based interior design firm, Arsight, Artem Kropovinsky has a decade of extensive global design experience, connecting a cohesive, collaborative team of passionate professionals, who work on interior projects in the U.S. and worldwide. 

2. Use a simple and subtle color scheme

Easy Thanksgiving decor ideas. Vase of white flowers and candles on wooden table

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'For easy Thanksgiving decor ideas, the simplest, chicest, and most impactful way to decorate is by leaning into a monochromatic design,' says interior designer, Kristina Khersonsky

'You don’t have to worry if all the colors look too much or too over the top together. By uniting different elements – say two different white florals, white candles, and white pumpkins – it’s low effort yet high impact. It looks thought-through but still effortless. You of course can also try this simple styling idea using fall colors, too.

We love this minimalist arrangement shown above by Afloral, featuring their Artificial Ranunculus Flowers; an elegant example of more modern Thanksgiving decor.

Kristina Khersonsky
Kristina Khersonsky

Los Angeles-based interior designer Kristina Khersonsky is the  principal of interior design studio, STUDIO KEETA. 

3. Decorate with flowers and foliage

Easy Thanksgiving decor ideas. Table decorated with colorful base of flowers, orange patterned wallpaper.

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Whether you take cuttings of fall flowers and foliage from your own yard and garden, or buy a few new faux arrangements that you can use year after year, styling your space with a selection of natural accents is a wonderful way to celebrate the shift in the seasons.

As simple as placing a vase of flowers on a mantel or table, or hanging a Thanksgiving wreath on a wall, window or door, you can never go wrong with bringing the beauty of the outdoors, indoors. As Juan Palacio, CEO of BloomsyBox says, 'For an easy Thanksgiving decorating idea, a cranberry garland interspersed with maple leaves can be an eye-catching mantel or doorway decoration. Mini rosemary wreaths can also add a fresh and fragrant touch to your decor.'

4. Opt for easy updates to your existing decor

Easy Thanksgiving decor ideas. Cozy living room with seating around fireplace

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Many of our homes will already be filled with lots of wonderful decorations and accessories, such as candles, flowers, and plants, and making a few simple tweaks to your existing decor is an easy way to keep your seasonal styling simple – but with a subtle fresh feel.

Interior designer Heather Arnold says, 'Switch out the greenery in your vases for burgundy, leafy branches, change your taper candles from white or ivory to brown or even a deep shade of orange, and swap your throw for a chunky textured or faux fur Throw.'

 Heather Arnold
Heather Arnold

Heather Arnold is the founder of interior design firm, H+Co. Design, which provides design services in the Dallas–Fort Worth area.

5. Create a more minimalist, rustic Thanksgiving tablescape

Minimalist Thanksgiving decor. Modern dining room with wooden furniture, decorated table

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'Set the mood for a festive Thanksgiving celebration with ease with seasonal tabletop essentials that feel equal parts cozy and sophisticated. I love the idea of starting with rustic-chic table linens – think artfully weathered linen and plenty of seasonal patterns – and building a tablescape with classic dishware in earth tones and a fun centerpiece of candles and autumnal gourds. This approach doesn’t overthink the decor – it’s all about feeling cozy and festive, and setting the tone for gathering and connection,' says interior designer, Kathy Kuo.

Interior designer, Vivianne Chow also says, 'Try using a simple eucalyptus garland as a centerpiece paired with some gold tapered candles to set the mood. Introduce texture through round woven placemats that can easily be used for other occasions as well. Neutral napkins can tie the whole look together and create an inviting and homey feel.'

For many of us, the dining table is at the center of Thanksgiving celebrations, but as our designers explain, and as the old saying goes, sometimes less is more – you can still create a special place to gather and socialize with a few simple decorations and stylish tableware.

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry. 

6. Focus on decorating just one area

Easy Thanksgiving decor ideas. Decorated Thanksgiving table.

(Image credit: Alexandra Kaehler, Photography by Aimée Mazzenga and Styling by Cate Ragan)

As fun as it can be to get creative with decorations across the home, for an easier Thanksgiving decor idea, focus on decorating just one main area instead. 

The most obvious place to decorate would be your Thanksgiving table in your dining room or kitchen, but if you're a guest at someone else's home for the celebrations, why not get creative with decor on your mantel, on living room shelving, or even on an entryway table – pick a place where you know the decorations will be seen and appreciated.


What can I do for DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas?

From no carve pumpkin ideas, to making wreaths and garlands from foliage and flowers, there are lots of easy DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas that can enhance your home with beautiful, hand-crafted decoration. 

Thanksgiving craft ideas are a fun and festive way to enjoy the seasonal celebrations, and are great for all the family. Other ideas include:

  • Create your own pumpkin planter, perfect for placing on a table or front porch
  • Painting and carving pumpkins 
  • Hand-made table name settings 
  • Crafted Thanksgiving table centerpiece – it can be as simple as arranging some flowers and foliage

Thanksgiving decorations come in many different styles and themes, and our designers have shown that the easiest of seasonal decorating ideas can still make your home feel more special for the celebration.

If you're looking to add a few fresh new decorations to your Thanksgiving scheme, we've rounded up the best Pottery Barn Thanksgiving decorations to buy this year.

Zara Stacey
Managing Editor

Zara is the Managing Editor at Homes & Gardens. She joined the brand in February 2022 as an Interiors Content Editor, specializing in writing content on interior color trends, decorating ideas and design inspiration. After studying English Literature at University, she worked as an Ecommerce Website Editor, Content Writer and Buying Intern at multiple independent businesses within the luxury retail and lifestyle sectors. She enjoys nothing more than discovering new trends, brands and products, whether that be in fashion, interior design or lifestyle.