Fall Decor Ideas for the Southern Home

Scrambling for fall decor ideas after seeing the beauty of our seasons (finally) begin to change this week? There is truly nothing like fall in the Lowcountry. Golden sunshine, crisp nights, a crackling fireplace, mugs filled with warm apple cider...need we go on? 

Nothing gets us in the autumn spirit more than a little (or a lot!) of fall decorating. We combed our favorite Pinterest boards and decor blogs to bring you the cream of the pumpkin crop when it comes to home decorating. 

From modern to traditional, we are pleased to present Charter One Realty’s top decor ideas for the southern home. 

1. Fall Decor Ideas: Go Green

No, we don’t mean make a kale salad, although we do have an excellent recipe for one if you are interested. While we love the classic oranges, browns, and reds of the autumnal color palette, using lush greenery in your decor can provide gorgeous contrast and depth to your home. Take a look at some of our favorite fall green-spiration below!

Fall Decor

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We love the look of greenery cascading off of a mantle. We recommend using silver dollar eucalyptus, magnolia, Cocculus, or a blend of bay leaf & baby’s breath, but feel free to customize it to your own tastes. The green of the garland acts as a neutral, creating the ideal backdrop for pops of color or a monochromatic vignette.

Fall Decor 2

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Replace your traditional table runner with a green garland to create a gorgeous centerpiece. Leave it as is, or weave decorative pine cones or autumn leaves throughout for visual interest. We also love the look of adding candlesticks for the perfect autumnal ambiance.

2. Painted Pumpkins: Classic Lowcountry Fall Decor

We always look forward to the ritual of pumpkin carving, from toasting seeds to making memories with our kids and of course, baking the pies! But the rise in popularity of artistically painted pumpkins has us putting down our carving kits. Take a look below at some of our favorite alternatives to carving.

Fall Decor 3

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Meet the modern pumpkin! The designs are quite easy to make and customize even if you don’t fancy yourself as an artist. Use a stencil or stickers to make it your own. Leave them plain or add some paint for extra creativity points.

Fall Decor 4

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Who doesn’t love a little black and white around Halloween? These little beauties take a few more steps to create, but the end result is worth it. You’ll need chalk paint, decals in the design or lettering of your choice, glue, and glitter. Here’s how to DIY pumpkins in this style:

  • Paint the whole pumpkin in chalk paint and let it dry
  • Coat the base in a layer of glue. 
  • Once the glue is tacky, dip the entire base into the glitter, and allow it to dry. 
  • Add your decals, et voila!

3. Lowcountry Fall Decor: Use Leaves

Sometimes, the most beautiful decorations are right outside our door. We are so blessed to live in such a naturally stunning place, and when it comes to decor, we can absolutely use that to our advantage! We’ve gathered some easy, DIY decorations below that don’t require a trip to the store.

Fall Decor 5

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Hosting a fall dinner party? These elegant (and easy) place setters make the perfect addition to any autumnal table. You can use any leaves you like, the ones pictured here are magnolia. Grab some metallic paint, either acrylic or spray paint for the tips of the leaves. Use a fine-tipped paintbrush or chalk pen to write the names, let dry, and get ready for the ooh’s and aahs of your guests.

Fall Decor 6

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Need a stunning centerpiece in a snap? Give thanks for metallic spray paint! Grab some leaves, pine cones, little branches, or whatever else you’d like to include. Spray paint them gold or silver outside or in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to put some newspaper down so you don’t accidentally turn your lawn gold! Arrange your creations among some candles and admire the glow.


We hope you’ve enjoyed our fall decor ideas! Take your home from summer to fall with these great ideas:

  • Use greenery on your mantle or as a table runner then add fall colors to bring it to life.
  • Decorate your pumpkins with decals, paint and even glitter!
  • Set your table by using natural elements such as magnolia leaves for place setters.

Tell us, what is your favorite kind of Lowcountry fall decor and how do you plan on decorating for the season?








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