This time of year often sparks a desire to get cozy. From wearing oversized sweaters and chunky scarves to drinking hot chocolate and hanging out by the bonfire, the options are endless. The same rings true in regard to home design: Now is a great time to consider harvest decor.
This design scheme is made up of accents that spark autumn notions, using details such as leaves, pumpkins, gourds, warm tones, and sheaves of wheat. Filling your home with colors that fully embrace the season can help your guests feel just as cozy as they did while walking over the fallen foliage in the front yard.
If you’re interested in incorporating harvest decor but you’re not sure where to get started, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we discuss the difference between harvest and rustic, and highlight some design and decor suggestions.
Harvest and rustic: What’s the difference?
The main difference between rustic and harvest decor: The timing. Rustic may be considered as a theme in your home year-round, while harvest makes most sense during the latter half of the year when fall arrives and the colder temperatures begin to settle in.
Rustic is a characteristic of worn, distressed, and organic finishes that have a natural appeal, like reclaimed wood, aged bricks, rough hewn rocks, and dried flowers. As such, these décor items work year-round and do not lean to any one season.
Harvest decor pays closer attention to the natural details that make fall such a loveable season. From leaves, pumpkins and gourds to warm tones, this theme allows you to turn your home into a gorgeous Thanksgiving retreat, just in time for the holidays.
Achieving harvest decor
If you’re a lover of all things fall and want to turn your home into a cozy haven for family members and guests to enjoy, the following design and decor tips can help you achieve the look:
Color scheme: If you have a neutral color scheme to start, you can easily incorporate classic harvest colors into the decor. Traditional colors like red, mustard and orange work well, but also other refreshing shades that often go unnoticed are great options too – colors such as soft sage, blush, ivory and rich plums are beautiful fall colors as well.
Accessories: Pumpkins, gourds and leaves are some of the most commonly sought out seasonal accessories, and with good reason. They’re so versatile and have the ability to transform a space from one season to the next effortlessly. If you want to go for a subtle touch, we recommend using fall foliage and gourds as accents in areas that the eye doesn’t always look for decor, such as a bookshelf or as an accent on an end table. You can also easily exchange table runners, napkins, small seasonal area rugs and other accessories like throw pillows to complete the fall look.
As noted previously, harvest decor is a timeless trend that can last in your home throughout the season of fall and beyond. Make the most of it and enjoy!