fall decor ideas for 2019

natural woven grass shades

While the Texas heat makes it hard to get excited about fall and the beautiful weather that (will one day) come with it, it’s still good to have a change of scenery and decor with each season. You don’t necessarily have to commit to fall and harvest decorations like pumpkins or wreaths when fall rolls around, but changing and upgrading some details and accents can be the perfect way to transition your interior decor from summer to fall. Here are the fall decor ideas for 2019 that we think embody the signs of the season and have a longer life than the typical additions!

mantelpiece arrangements

Creating a fall mantelpiece arrangement can be an easy and affordable way to decorate for fall. Using earth tones and foliage decor such as warm-colored faux flowers in burnt orange or red accents can help you easily transition this arrangement from fall to winter as well. If you’re a fan of decorating with pumpkins, you can easily place the cute mini pumpkins on the mantel and take them off come winter!

If you prefer neutral tones, we recommend decorating with the off white pumpkins and placing wheat decor around for a touch of texture in a classy, but not overly flashy way. If you’re looking for ideas, Midwest Living shares 28 cute ways to decorate your mantelpiece for fall!

throws & blankets

One of the more simple and affordable fall decor ideas for 2019 we suggest is to upgrade your throw pillows and blankets around the home. Faux fur is the perfect way to cozy up your home for fall, without having to make any drastic changes. You can also choose warmer colored pillows and blankets such as a burnt orange or rust variety, as well as some of the warmer yellows, like mustard or honey-colored throws and pillows. If you’re struggling for ideas, Pinterest is always a great place to get the creative juices flowing!

warmer window treatments

A great way to transition from summer to fall is by updating your window treatments from a light and airy summer treatment to a warmer fall treatment. One great fall option is to upgrade to a warmer drapery or curtain, that is thicker and cozier for the fall season. Not only will this be perfect with the weather cooling down, but it’ll also be great all through winter as well. If you want a slightly lighter option, we also recommend layering your window treatments. Layered window treatments add more depth and texture to a room, and if you get tired of having two treatments you could always separate them – for example, using the drapery during the fall and winter and the roller shades during the spring and summer. Layered window treatments give you more flexibility and options throughout the year!

mixed metals

Mixed metals are always a popular decor item to pair with the warmer tones of fall. Whether it’s placing rustic tin buckets around the home to hold your extra throw blankets or magazines, or mixing in a warmer metal such as copper or brass into your mantelpiece arrangement, you can’t go wrong with some mixed metal accents around the home this fall.

reclaimed wood

If you’re a fan of the rustic + warm decor style during the fall, then you definitely don’t want to miss the reclaimed wood trend. Reclaimed wood is a great way to bring the fall spirit into your home, giving it that cozy, “sit by the fireplace with a cup of tea” feeling. Some reclaimed wood decor ideas can be as permanent as installing open shelving in your home or something seasonal like using a reclaimed wooden window frame to hang your festive fall wreath on, similar to these cute ones shown on Pinterest!

Now that we’ve suggested some fun fall decor ideas that embody the season, it’s time to get to decorating! If you’re in the market for warmer window treatments, we’d be happy to help you create the look you want. Reach out to learn more about our fall window treatment options!

how to layer your window treatments

shades and curtains

With so many window treatments to choose from, how can you be expected to choose just one? From draperies to shades to blinds, there are many ways to layer your window treatments that will add depth and personality to your space as well as insulation and light filtering. We’ve shared three steps on how to layer your window treatments!

pick a base treatment

To start, you’ll want to pick your base window treatment. Ask yourself – do you want the finished product to come across as a formal or casual look? If you’re looking for a formal window treatment, we suggest going with something like draperies with a decorative valance or Tableaux Decorative Grilles with a sleek pair of curtains. If you prefer a more casual look, a good choice for you could be natural shades or cellular shades. Roller shades are also a great choice if you’re looking for a versatile window treatment that can be dressed up or down based on what layered treatment you choose to pair with them.

choose a layer

The next step to layering your window treatments is choosing the second window covering you want to layer over the base treatment. There are endless options here – from plush velvet draperies to flowy sheer curtains. An addition of a decorative valance and draperies can help make your treatment more formal, while the sheer curtains will help lighten up your space. If you went with a solid base window treatment, you could always add some color and liveliness to the space by choosing a patterned treatment to layer on top!

hang the window treatments

Last but not least, once you’ve picked your base and layered treatment, it’s time to hang the window treatments together. If you’re looking for a finished look, we suggest floor-length window treatments. Also, keep in mind if you’re wanting the window treatments to make your space feel larger than it’s important that you hang them higher than the top of the window, closer to the ceiling so that the window appears larger than it is.

Now that you know exactly how to layer your window treatments, it’s time to get designing! If you’re looking for someone who specializes in custom window treatments and installation, we’d love it if you’d considered us at ABC Blind & Drapery.

decorating a new home for character and charm

master bedroom light

As Austin grows and the suburbs continue to expand, new homes are being quickly built to accommodate those looking to buy real estate of their own.  In consequence, the little details of older homes that you find charming are passed over. A new home build means that it’s move-in ready and that you don’t have to spend time or money on repairs or renovations. However, the possible downside of choosing a brand new home is that they often lack the character that makes a house feel cozy. Here are some simple and cost-effective ideas in decorating a new home for character and charm.

interior/exterior shutters

Simply by adding shutters, passerby will notice that there is something different about your home! We have premium hardwood interior shutters available in custom paint and stain matches and polycore shutters for areas that take a lot of abuse (kitchens & bathrooms). Our exterior shutters are available in 12 styles and come standard in redwood, cedar and pine. Additional wood options include ash, oak, mahogany, hickory, knotted alder or cherry. They can be painted or stained to match exterior colors and upgraded with shutter strap hinges and latches for a more “old world” look.

tableaux decorative grilles

These faux iron grilles are as custom as it gets. You are able to choose the material, the color, the design and where it will go depending on the architectural design of your home. They can be placed almost anywhere you can imagine, including windows, doors, transoms and cornices. These accents give the illusion of an expensive upgrade, but are affordable and easy to install. Contact us if you would like to know more about this product.


More often than not, you will find that builders have installed the same overhead lighting in each room. The intention is to remain consistent throughout the house, but in reality can make you feel like you’re living in a rented space. We suggest taking a trip to an antique store and finding a unique piece. Maybe it’s a classic chandelier, or perhaps a funkier version—view it as an opportunity to add your personal touch.


Changing out hardware such as cabinet handles, switch plates, and doorknobs are one of the easiest changes you can make. Classic and modern hardware can be found at stores like Home Depot, and Anthropologie is a great place to scout for more eclectic options.

paint (or wallpaper!)

Consider taking the walls from that safe off-white to something that properly indicates that your family lives there. Painting the whole house can be daunting, but a few accent walls can be considered a weekend project with a big impact. We love the idea of a bold entryway and maybe some fun wallpaper in the guest bathroom.

At ABC Blind and Drapery, we encourage our customers to imagine the possibilities. We think it’s important that the space you live in is a reflection of who you are and properly speaks to your personal style and family values. Now get in there and make your house a home!