Decorating for the season doesn’t require a total style overhaul. If you’re looking to infuse a little autumn flair into your dining space, try some of these trending looks. With rustic, earthy elements and timelessly chic style, these fall-inspired designs offer year-round appeal.
Fall Dining Looks
Unfinished & Reclaimed Woods
The au naturel look is one of our favorites for fall. Wooden pieces that boast reclaimed or unfinished appearances add just the right amount of down-to-earth style, and can be incorporated in a variety of ways. Make a statement with a reclaimed credenza or rustic dining table, or use smaller pieces such as bowls, serving trays, chairs, or dining benches.
Deep, rich woods add the perfect touch of elegance to a harvest dining space. Choose high-shine pieces to keep the space feeling luxe, and complement the look with leather upholstery, colored glass, and warm metallic accents.
Wicker & Natural Materials
Wicker and woven fibers are totally evocative of fall (cornucopias, anyone?), and luckily for you, it’s easy to bring this look into the dining room. Use wicker pendant lights to add earthy-chic charm, and opt for natural woven placemats and runners on the table.
Copper is one of our favorite fall materials. It’s warm, rustic, and the imperfections of a hammered finish keep a space looking no-fuss. Use plates, servers, glasses, and pendant lights to infuse your dining space with this warm and shiny trend.
One of the easiest ways to add seasonal style to the dining room is with an eye-catching centerpiece. Whether you prefer a simple bouquet or a showstopping tiered centerpiece, we’ve got all the inspiration you need. Here are some of our favorite fall ideas …
A Seasonal Floral Arrangement
Add some color to your tablescape with an elegant bouquet of flowers or grass. Use seasonal blooms such as dahlias, coneflowers, marigolds, and chrysanthemums to add cheerful volume, then finish off the look with filler stems such as aster, Queen Anne’s lace, or a spray of pip berries.
Decorative Baskets or Bowls
A chic bowl, tray, or basket filled with seasonal décor is one of the most versatile options for a dining table centerpiece. Start with a layer of artificial leaves, pinecones, or decorative pumpkins, then make it sparkle with a string of LED lights or stately candles. Once fall has passed, swap out the leaves and gourds with tinsel, globe ornaments, or poinsettias.
An Ornamental Server
Put your serveware to good use by transforming a regular tiered server into a work of art. Add pumpkins, flowers, decorative leaves, and seasonal fruits to each tier to create a quick and easy fall-ready centerpiece. See how guest blogger Haeley Giambalvo got the look.
Pumpkin Candle Holders
Make a distinctly seasonal statement by transforming pumpkins into candle holders. Put a spin on the typical Halloween jack-o-lantern by hollowing out small decorative pumpkins and filling them with tea lights. For a more dramatic look, hollow out a single large pumpkin and cut wide holes in the front and back to display an arrangement of candles.
Use seasonal dishes, linens, and silverware to put the finishing touches on your fall dining space. We love how designer Lia Griffith transformed her tabletop with gold silverware, mixed-and-matched teak and ceramic elements, and earthy wooden serving bowls.
Now that you’ve seen some of the season’s hottest dining looks, you’ll be ready to host the harvest dinner of your dreams. Shop Hayneedle’s wide variety of dining sets, table linens, flatware, and more to find the perfect pieces for your space. Need help with the menu? Check out some of our favorite harvest recipes, along with hosting tips for fall.