Autumn is a tricky time of year in terms of decorating. You see a lot of turkeys, black cats, and pumpkins, and it is very easy to cross the line between cute to crass. Here are some unique ideas on how to embrace every aspect of the season without going too far.
1. Think beyond orange and black
These are the most popular colors for Halloween and for good reason. However, they are overused and limiting. Just look outside and you’ll see a mosaic of other colors: gold, brown, and even green. Neutrals are also in style, too, so don’t be afraid to pair the bolder colors with beiges, grays, and so on.
2. Avoid plastic
Instead of stocking up on plastic decorations, look to nature for some inspiration. Colorful gourds are always great, but they have a relatively short lifespan, so consider pinecones and branches. You can even spray paint to give these natural goodies a more sophisticated look. Just make sure everything is clean, dry, and free of dirt or bugs before you bring them inside.
3. Embrace light
Creative lighting is always beautiful and classy. Using tall, Gothic candlesticks for the table or decorate votive candles with gauze or black lace immediately scream “Halloween!” without going overboard.
4. Put a twist on a theme
There’s classic Halloween, which involves black cats, pumpkins, and witches, but you can shake things up with a steampunk, Tim Burton, or black-and-white Halloween. Having a unique theme is especially great if you’re having parties, and you can show off your decorating brilliant to guests.
5. Keep the outside simple
If you want to avoid being tacky, avoid inflatables like they were the devil. You barely need to decorate outside, nature does it for you. If you really want to show your Halloween spirit, keep decor to a minimum and keep it natural with a few pumpkins or gourds.