10 Autumn Décor Ideas (That Don’t Involve Pumpkins)

By Bethany Adams

With the harvest season upon us, it’s safe to say that every front porch, dining room table, and mantel will soon be spilling over with pumpkins of every shape and shade. And while the iconic orange fruit is a timeless staple for fall, its ever-increasing popularity can make it easy to forget all of the other options available to the autumn décor enthusiast. From colorful leaves to cinnamon sticks, here are 10 of our favorite pumpkin alternatives that will fill your home with enchanting fall style.

1 autumn decor - leaves


From ruby red to golden yellow, changing leaves are the inspiration behind the warm and vibrant tones we love to surround ourselves with every autumn. Dry them and bring them inside to enjoy their stunning tones from the comfort of your home.

2 autumn decor - corn

Flint Corn

If you’re looking for a way to add rich color and texture to your fall display, consider incorporating a few ears of flint corn. Colloquially known as ornamental corn or Indian corn, it’s the perfect touch for a country-style centerpiece.

3 autumn decor - apples
Photo: Creative Cabin


Crisp and bright, a few apples strewn across your harvest table can add a touch of sweetness to any spread.

4 autumn decor - acorn
Photo: The Thrifty Crafter


Perfect all on their own or as a filler for your favorite glass vase, acorns are a charming reminder of the season and a great way to add texture and warmth to your favorite autumn display.

5 autumn decor - wreath of berries


Make sure your home puts it best foot forward this season. Hanging a wreath on the front door will welcome your guests the right way, and choosing one woven with vibrant berries is an easy way to inject some color into your entryway.

6 autumn decor - flowers
Photo: Love My Dress


Perfect for every season, a bundle of fresh-cut blooms is always a good choice. To help them blend with your autumn décor, choose flowers that boast rich reds, oranges, and yellows and tuck in a few sprigs of berries for a charming accent.

7 autumn decor - pinecone garland
Photo: Ballard Designs

Pine Cones

From garlands to wreaths to table settings, pine cones add a note of woodland charm to every space they’re included in. And since they’re easy to transition from fall to the holiday season, you won’t have to say goodbye to these décor favorites quite so soon.

8 autumn decor: cinnamon sticks
Photo: Home Stories

Cinnamon Sticks

Not only do they add rustic charm to any fall display, cinnamon sticks infuse your space with a warm aroma that welcomes in the cozy vibes of the season.

9 autumn decor - wheat sheaves
Photo: The Creek Line House

Wheat Sheaves

Celebrate the harvest season by bringing in the sheaves. Bundles of wheat tied with a ribbon are ideal for centerpieces or quaint additions to your mantel.

10 autumn decor - potpourri
Photo: Woontrendz


Don’t keep your potpourri confined to a bowl in the powder room or the bottom of a drawer—fragrant dried oranges and colorful leaves are best enjoyed in the open, and the spiced scents of anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg will fill your home with the wonder of fall.