After a seriously sweltering summer, it's probably safe to assume that we're all ready for fall. While swilling chilled rosé and dining alfresco had their allure in the heat of July, now that October is a mere week away, we're ready to shirk these summer staples and embrace the new season by filling our glasses with a full-bodied red and bringing our dinner parties indoors around a cozy, candlelit table.
Enter these inspired fall dining room decor ideas. Spanning small updates as simple as filling a vase with autumnal foliage and tossing plush sheepskin throws over chairs to larger-scale upgrades such as painting walls in a rich, jewel-tone shade and installing a new light fixture, we're willing to bet these fall dining room decor ideas will make it so you and your guests never want to leave the table. All that's left to do is pour the wine.
1. Bring in Foliage From the Outdoors
Picking a few leafy branches and displaying them in a vase is a tried-and-true way to decorate a table for fall. Whether you opt for a branch boasting vivid green leaves or bright autumnal foliage, the simple arrangement will make an instant statement in your dining room.
Get the Look: West Elm Oversized Glass Vase, $149
2. Set the Table With Seasonal Produce
For a rustic space that calls for a bucolic centerpiece, simply fill a stoneware bowl with seasonal produce. Here, a heap of pomegranates complements a farmhouse-inspired dining room complete with exposed wood beams and black-framed windows.
Get the Look: Zara Greenish Stoneware Serving Dish, $69.90
3. Arrange a Statement-Making Twig Centerpiece
If an austere aesthetic is what you're after, forgo a centerpiece comprised of vibrant autumnal foliage or ripe, seasonal fruit. Instead, fill an elegant, oversize vase with sparse twigs for a statement-making arrangement that exudes sophistication.
Get the Look: McGee & Co. Iron Gray Vase, $413
4. Add Texture With Sheepskin Throws
Fall is the ideal time to incorporate textured decor into your home to make it look cozier and more inviting, and the dining room is no exception. For a low-cost, high-impact update, drape plush sheepskin throws over a few of your dining room chairs.
Get the Look: IKEA Rens Sheepskin, $29.99
5. Lay Down a Durable Rug Underfoot
A rug can instantly tie a dining room together and make it feel more layered and lived-in. For a space that's used daily, opt for a thin, durable rug in a pattern that won't show everyday wear and tear, including stains and spills, as easily.
Get the Look: The Citizenry Cordoba Cowhide Rug, $345
6. Coat Walls in a Moody Shade of Paint
Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a room, as demonstrated by this striking space. Consider repainting your dining room in a moody hue — think a rich jewel shade, such as emerald green, burgundy, or dark blue-gray — to give it a dramatic seasonal update.
Get the Look: Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray
7. Incorporate Brass Accents
Brass decor tends to re-emerge in the home space every fall, and for good reason. The luxe metallic instantly elevates any space and pairs well with the rich jewel tones that tend to dominate fall trend reports. Gain inspiration from this space and bring brass into the dining room by adding a gilded tray to the center of your table.
Get the Look: Schoolhouse Round Brass Tray, $174
8. Change Out Your Light Fixture
Cast a warm glow over your dining room by swapping out your existing light fixture with one that's fit for the moodier season. A paper lantern, like the one seen in the dining room here, emits diffused, soft light, making it the ideal choice for fall and beyond.
Get the Look: Hay Rice Paper Shade, $38.35
9. Add Ambiance With a Modern Candelabra
Decorating with candles is admittedly not the most novel idea, but nothing says fall quite like dinner by cozy, flickering candlelight. Setting your table with traditional, tall candlesticks will make even the most routine weeknight meal feel special.
Get the Look: H&M Metal Candle Holder, $24.99