Many of us embrace the switch from summer to fall by decorating our homes in cozy seasonal decor, but how long do you leave fall decorations up?
The first of December is generally agreed to be the perfect time to make the transition. For many, this date marks the countdown to Christmas, so what better way to celebrate than swapping your decorating ideas from fall to festive. Here, design experts share what they do in their own homes.
How long do you keep fall decorations up?
Keeping fall decorations up until December 1st not only allows for you to enjoy the fall season for a good amount of time, it also means you can celebrate Thanksgiving without too much thought of Christmas.
'Fall decor should go up around October first and stay up until around Thanksgiving,' says Washington DC-based designer, Ame Gold. 'Fall decor works so well with all the leaves transitioning into the oranges, yellows, and reds and the traditions of pumpkins and squash that you see for Halloween decorating ideas and Thanksgiving decorating ideas. Once Thanksgiving has passed, it is then time to start thinking about your Christmas decor ideas.'
Brand director at Kaiyo, Grace Baena, also agrees and says she dresses her tree 'soon after Thanksgiving, so it is a good idea to leave your fall decorations up until Thanksgiving has passed, you can then shift to Christmas decor.'
We further explore when should I put my Christmas tree in our dedicated feature.
Ame Gold is the principle designer of Ame Gold Design. For over two decades, Ame has earned a widespread reputation for serving as a DC-based leader in full-scope luxury interior design. After graduating from VCU design school, she worked in Old Town, Alexandria for an interior design firm while honing her skills. In 1999, Ame joined her mother's design firm and subsequently launched Ame Gold Design in 2020.
Grace Baena is a brand director at NYC-based sustainable furniture retailer, Kaiyo, and has extensive creative experience in the interior design and lifestyle sector.
How do you transition from fall to festive decorations?
Changing from fall to Christmas decorations in one day can be time-consuming – especially if you have large quantities of decorations to switch-up across your whole home.
'Making this transition all in one day can not only represent a lot of work, but it can also be a little jarring,' says Grace Baena. Therefore, the designer suggests removing fall decorations after you've recovered from Thanksgiving. 'Wait a day or two, and then put up the tree,' she says.
The transition between fall and Christmas is far from a fixed process; it is always such a busy time of year, so your decor can be switched in one day or over the course of a week or so – it all depends on how many decorations you have and how many rooms you need to tackle. Remember, putting up seasonal decorations can be a fun and memorable time, so try to enjoy it as much as you can and do what works for you and your lifestyle.
Hopefully you're festive decorations will be packed away in an organized manner, making your decorating process that little bit easier. For some top tips, we asked how professional organizers store Christmas decorations in our dedicated feature.
Shop fall decor
Bring the feeling of a crisp fall day into your home with these artificial Cimicifuga Ramosa leaves from Afloral.
Settle in with the familiar scent of fall. Magnolia's Gathered Candle features the spicy scent of pumpkin chai in a simple, yet elegant frosted glass votive.
Shop festive decor
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 real touch spruce garland has lush holiday greens and pine cones that bring the feeling of nature to tablescapes and mantle centerpieces.
Now you know when to swap your fall decorations for festive ones, ensure to explore our guide on pre-Christmas cleaning (just like our fall cleaning checklist) – you'll thank us for reminding you to complete these cleaning tasks before the busy festive period gets underway.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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