These 8 Rustic Fall Decor Ideas Are the Definition of Cozy

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Pumpkin spice lattes. Late-night bonfires. Caramel apples. Feeling cozy yet? Well, we're betting that you'll feel even cozier surrounded by some rustic fall decor.

With the help of wood furniture and accessories, a nod or two to the outdoors, storied vintage finds, and pieces that are warm and welcoming, you can give your home the rustic treatment. But when it comes to giving it a fall-inspired makeover, look to faux pumpkins, DIY wreaths, and sumptuous pillows and blankets to complete the look.

Intrigued? Feel free to peruse these eight rustic fall decor ideas, preferably in front of a crackling fire with a mug of hot cocoa.

1. Wood touches are required.

If you're looking to achieve peak rustic style, you need to include wood accents in your rustic fall decor. This can be represented through furniture or decorative objects. In the case of this lovely entryway spotlighted on Etsy, wood is introduced seamlessly with the help of a bench and tobacco basket.

2. Make it cozy.

Coziness is key when weaving rustic fall decor into a room. Once you have the major pieces of furniture in place, like an entryway table and sofa, you can complete the cabin-inspired look with soft blankets and accent pillows. Then throw in a few pumpkins and amber-colored accessories à la this entryway/living room belonging to Sarah of Grace in My Space.

3. Bring the outdoors in.

There are so many fabulous DIYs if you want to make a rustic style fall wreath to round out your space. For instance, Amber Thrane made this amazing autumnal wall hanging with nothing more than natural materials, rope, and wire. The finished result is oh-so-rustic, especially when paired with an assortment of pumpkins and chopped wood.

4. Embrace worn materials.

When bringing wood into your rustic space, consider pieces that sport lovingly chipped paint or a distressed finish. Natalie of My Vintage Porch paired a trio of weathered doors with fall-inspired decor, like orange and white pillows and throws paired with seasonal foliage.

5. Focus on texture.

When contemplating your rustic fall decor, include chopped wood, cozy blankets, and buffalo check pillows for warm texture. Complete the look with white pumpkins that will blend in with the rest of your space, an idea that Kasey of SBK Living has mastered in her living room.

6. Amber bottles add just the right hue.

There are some colors everyone naturally associates with fall. For us, it's amber, a hue that's equal parts orange and brown and looks spot-on for the season. It also feels quite rustic, a look that Liz Marie of Liz Marie Blog perfected with a grouping of amber bottles and seasonal foliage on top of a plain white cabinet.

7. Add a few rustic focal points.

Ashley and Mike of Joyfully Growing managed to achieve rustic style in their tiny RV and include some fall decor to boot. If you're working with a small space, you only need to drop in a few woodsy accents to complete the aesthetic. Here, a cowhide rug, a sweet "thankful" embroidered pillow, gathered autumn florals, and an amber-colored bottle are just enough.

8. Perfect your mantle.

A fireplace often acts as the heart of a home, and it's also a flawless spot to display rustic fall decor. To give your mantel a boost, follow the lead of Carissa from Bless This Nest and showcase a wood basket, a charming chalkboard sign, plenty of greenery, and candlestick holders. You can even take it a step further and deck out your hearth with chopped wood, vintage milk cans, and a couple of pumpkins, of course.


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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