We Can't Wait to Wine and Dine by Candlelight With These 14 Fall Table Decorating Ideas

If you're a fan of seasonal decor, (and, let's be real, who among us isn't?), autumn is the year's most glorious time. Whether you're rustic, modern, or classically glam, the options are pretty much limitless when it comes to outfitting your fall tablescape. Get a little wild with your decorative gourds, or embrace rich rusty hues and deep burgundy shades for more drama. Not sure where to start? These 14 gorgeous fall tablescapes are guaranteed to inspire your own autumnal setup, perfect for a magical night spent wining and dining.

1. Celebrate the harvest.

fall-inspired table
credit: Jenni Kayne

A selection of brightly colored winter pears, pine cones, and seasonal foliage made the perfect centerpiece for a holiday dinner party in Jenni Kayne's Lake Tahoe home. Paired with woven placemats, gold flatware, and linen napkins tied to cinnamon sticks, every guest surely felt special. But just in case, Jenni sent everyone home with a glass jar of homemade caramel as a gift.

2. Go overboard with autumnal accents.

Pumpkins? Gourds? Leaves? Greenery? Sure, you could pick one for your fall tablescape — but there's no shame in combining them all (plus it's more fun). As long as you maintain a consistent color scheme like Camille Styles did for her festive friends-giving dinner party.

3. Try deep burgundy.

fall-inspired tablescape
credit: Apartment34

Just because it's fall, that doesn't mean you can only use shades from the yellow, orange, and red color family. Follow Erin from Apartment 34's lead, and throw some deep burgundy into the mix. From napkins, to fresh flowers, to candles, and wine, there are so many ways to add this rich hue into your tablescape.

4. Integrate feathers.

Think outside of the box and integrate bird feathers into your holiday table decor like Sarah Sherman Samuel. They are the perfect autumnal accessory — adding rich color, pattern, and texture — and your dinner guests will never see it coming.

5. Select earthy elements.

Autumn is all about celebrating nature — so selecting earthy, natural elements is a surefire way to make your tablescape feel seasonal. Play with greenery, bright red apples, and wood finishes to bring the outside in like Caitlin from The Merrythought did with this fall-inspired table.

6. Head outside.

Speaking of nature, for many North American locales the temperature outside is still warm until mid-autumn. Celebrate the last dregs of good weather by setting up your dinner table outside. Cover your table with a thick plaid tablecloth to amplify the coziness, and deck out with natural elements from your own backyard.

7. Maintain a minimal palette.

Autumn is such a delightfully versatile season: While a maximalist palette makes perfect aesthetic sense, using only a few colors for something more minimal works just as beautifully. Carrie from A Carrie'd Affair paired vibrant, natural greens and blue-striped napkins on her wooden table to create a fresh fall setup.

8. Mix your metals.

Fall lends itself well to an explosion of disparate metal finishes as seen with this stunning autumnal tablescape. The mixture of tawny copper, rose gold, and burnished-brass mimics the ethereal feel of a forest changing with the seasons right on the table.

9. Pair books and bread.

fall-inspired table decor with loaves of bread and books
credit: Ella Claire

Well, that's one way to break bread. This rustic holiday tablescape features freshly baked mini loaves of bread on top of each plate, while open books act as the placemats. The two may seem like an odd combination, but somehow Kristen from Ella Claire manages to pull it off.

10. Hint at the harvest.

No need to go bananas with decorative gourds and autumnal leaves — this tablescape by Paige from Studio Bicyclette proves that even with a pretty pink background you can get the fall feel and enjoy modern aesthetics, too.

11. DIY quirky chargers.

fall-inspired table decor chalk placemats
credit: Hunt and Host

A little bit of homemade accessorizing goes a long way in creating an autumnal feel. DIY these chalkboard placemats from Kim over at Hunt and Host, and decorate the corners with a seasonal doodle.

12. Channel a coastal vibe.

It's autumn on the seaside, too — so why not combine pumpkins and seashells? Lauren McBride cleverly repurposed a coastal-inspired blue-and-white blanket as a table runner and driftwood to tie this look together.

13. Warm things up with copper.

fall-inspired table decor
credit: 100LayerCake

If the outdoor temps have taken a nosedive, warm things up with a little copper decor. From flatware, to tableware, to dining chairs, the rust-hued metallic finish will create a dazzling fall-inspired scene perfect for a holiday feast with loved ones.

14. Or stick to soft shades.

Fall may be known for its bold colors, but you don't have to have a dramatic palette to keep your table decor seasonal. For a muted effect, pair a hint of greenery with wood slice centerpieces, pine cones, white and copper painted mini pumpkins, and candles like Ashley from Joyfully Growing did to create this elegant tablescape.


Jamie Wiebe

Jamie Wiebe

Jamie is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado, who writes about real estate and interior design.