Cozy on up this fall season by incorporating primitive fall decorating ideas into your home decor.
If warming up your home in anticipation of the cooler autumn months is on your to-do list, it's time to get creative! Primitive fall decorating ideas are a great way to give your home a cozy feeling while embracing the colors and textures of the season. Never fear if you are new to primitive decorating, because this article will help you get started in no time.
Through some helpful tips and tricks, we will show you how to add rustic designs that are comfortable and inviting, yet stylish. From displaying natural elements like twigs and acorns, to upcycling materials, you can add a touch of rustic charm to your home. Grab your supplies and get ready for a refreshing autumn makeover.
What is Primitive Decorating?
A primitive decor style embraces a rustic atmosphere to create a design that is warm, timeless and old-fashioned. It relies on anything that is handcrafted, worn, antiqued, simple or natural. You'll find that primitive fall decorations can include a range of items including earthy materials and natural fabrics.
Optional Supplies for Primitive Fall Decorating
Focusing on anything earthy and natural will give you a good base for primitive fall decor items to use.
- White pumpkins or orange pumpkins
- Bales of hay
- Corn husks or corn stalks
- Leaves or stems
- Dough bowl
- Candles or lanterns
- Plaid blanket or natural fabrics
- Natural wood that is either unrefined or a visible grain
Primitive Fall Decor Ideas for Your Home
Let's take a look at this entry way that was designed with some primitive decorating in mind. An entry way or a front door are ideal for setting the tone for the decor style that is in your house. Carry your theme throughout your home once you have established it at the entrance.
Begin With Your Base Layer
Your first step will be creating a base layer or background that sets the tone for your primitive decor. A base layer is great for setting the stage for your focal point, as well as adding dimension for texture and design. I utilized my refinished farmhouse pallet side table as a base to create dimension and style.
This is also where it is ideal to bring in natural elements for a fun centerpiece. Large wooden frames, old rustic ladders or these faux windows are great vintage treasures to start with. Plus, they look amazing and rustic against the backdrop of this farmhouse style shiplap wall. See how you can easily create this look here too.
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Design a Focal Point
When your background is in place, now you can bring in a fall centerpiece to really focus on achieving those cozy vibes. The perfect way to emphasize this time of year is with a fall wreath, plus it is ideal for creating handmade primitive crafts if you want to go that route. I added this wreath from DaisyMaeBelle and this Fall Harvest sign underneath to be the main centerpiece. The sign is not necessarily a primitive style, but the natural wood frame picks up those earthy tones. I love the small pumpkins mixed with the cotton accents and green eucalyptus leaves.
You can easily design a primitive fall wreath yourself. Pull in items like branches, grasses, pinecones and other seasonal foliage to bring some fall to your indoors. The added buffalo check ribbon brings in cozy and folksy textures to emphasize the primitive style. You can use burlap or plaid fabrics for this as well.
But if making your own wreath is not on your to-do list, you can also check out these super cute fall wreaths that tie in well to our primitive theme with their appeal to natural elements.
Balance Sides and Layer
Now it's time for the fun part! Balancing your focal point and layering decor is what really turns your decorating look into a beautiful design with purpose. Everything is in the details.
Use a variety of items to balance each side of your centerpiece to provide a visual symmetry. On one side I used a tiered tray and filled it with smaller items. I balanced the other side with additional height using branches, and then filled in with pumpkins and corn. It's important to use fillers to balance the sides. A good option for these are greenery, little figurines, or smaller decor.
Remember to be intentional with your filler items. Don't just throw in objects to fill up the space. Use decor that is a welcome addition to your theme and provides character to the autumn season. And using filler items is a good way to incorporate more color. You'll notice the corn on the cob and florals are perfect for adding color.
These Fabric pumpkins from Curl Design Co are a good filler option for a "stacked" look and additional charm.
If you don't love the charming fabric style, try out a different kind. Pumpkins are the perfect fall decor that can be used throughout Halloween and Thanksgiving. See some of my favorites below.
Include Floor Space in Your Design
I wanted to add some dimension to this table and a good way to do that is to stack and layer from bottom to the top. So I created a pile of large and mini pumpkins to add some fall colors. Adding in a worn-looking wood crate with a selection of pretty fall flowers establishes the perfect antique feel throughout. In place of a wooden crate, you can also use woven baskets or similar items for a handmade appearance.
Lacking floor space in your entry? Don't worry! If you don't have this kind of floor space available, this interior design can also be used for your front porch decor or even on your front steps.
Primitive Fall Decorating
From there, you can build up your primitive fall decor to create a unique atmosphere in your home. Accentuate your home with unique knick knacks like dried wheat, pinecones, pumpkins, gourds, and seasonal foliage. These items will add dimension to your decor and bring the beauty of the fall season indoors.
Consider including some rustic elements like an old wooden ladder or an antique quilt to tie the look together. And don't forget to bring in some cozy textures like shawls, blankets, and pillows into your living room to make the scene even more inviting. Greet your guests with a warm and rustic atmosphere this fall by creating a unique primitive theme in your home.
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