14 Fall Decorating Ideas – Adding light to the Long Fall Evenings

Fall Decor Ideas with Lights

With the onset of Fall comes the slow shortening of days. Evenings get longer and the bright days of summer are replaced by softer lighting. Whether its to embrace the coziness of fall, or simply add some cheerful light to the evenings I love fall decorating ideas that incorporate light.

Here are several fall decorating ideas for both indoors and outside that show how much drama and beauty there is with the addition of soft lights and candles.

Neutral Fall Decorating Ideas with Lights

A cozy kitchen decorated for fall with lights.. There are branches with lights, and lanterns with lights along white countertops and cabinets.

Cozy Autumn Candlelight Kitchen

This cozy candlelight kitchen decorated for fall with warm candles and fairy lights from Handmade Farmhouse shows just how beautiful the warm glow of light can be in our fall decorating.

A neutral fall decor banner with lights. Little white pumpkins with fairy lights strung across a large floor mirror.

Pumpkin Banner with Lights

This neutral pumpkin banner with lights is cheerful and light. A perfect touch of fall decor from The Tarnished Jewel Blog

A large fall front porch decorated with pumpkins, wreaths, and lots of lights cascading from the roofline. There are cornstalks on each side of the front door along with planters.

Neutral Fall Porch with Pumpkins and Cornstalks

This collection of all natural elements is beautiful with the little added touches of lights overhead, inside the planters and candles snuggled among the pumpkins. Neutral fall porch is from Modern Glam.

Three paper pumpkins for Fall decor, each pumpkin is lit from inside with small lights. There is a soft white pumpkin, a light cream pumpkin and a peach colored pumpkin.

Paper Pumpkins for Fall Decor

How to make paper pumpkins for fall decor. Aren’t these gorgeous with the soft lit interiors. Heart Filled Spaces shares her how to so we can make some of our own.

A side table decorated for fall with a large ornate chalkboard, a basket filled with pumpkins, and five beautiful brass candlesticks with lit candles.

Fall Pumpkin Decor Side Table

This elegant Fall decor from Deb and Danielle is so very elegant. As beautiful as the entire vignette is, the lit candles make it stunning don’t you think?

DY pumpkins in soft gold with mini lights inside giving them a soft golden glow

Glowing Glass Pumpkins DIY

How fabulous did these diy glowing glass pumpkins turn out from Hammons Nest. They are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to make.

A soft blue dining room dith

Fall Decorating Tips

The buffet with beautiful fall decor and lights is one of several gorgeous ideas from Oh So Lovely Blog. If you want some inspiration on how to use mini lights for fall she has lots of ideas in her post.

Beautiful blue, green and white pumpkins cascading ddown a fall front porch steps surrounded by soft golden lights.

Pretty Fall Porch

This pretty fall porch from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs is simply elegant. The lights truly accentuate all the beautiful soft blues and greys of the pumpkins. It really is simply beautiful.

An old refinished outdoor table decorated with a plaid table cloth, pumpkins, candles and beautiful string lights outside in the back yard.

Beer Garden Table Makeover and Alfresco Thanksgiving

This gorgeous table setting for Thanksgiving would be so dreamy if you have the climate. This would be gorgeous in the early fall as well, I adore this idea from Bless’er House

Traditional Fall Decorating Ideas with Lights

Beautiful fall centerpiece vignette on a table. The vignette consists of assorted amber bottles, white flowers, cotton boles, and white lit candles.

Fall Amber Bottle Centerpiece

An east to do fall centerpiece from Liz Marie Blog that features her amber bottle collection.

A long front window box decorated with fall flowers, in oranges, dark yellow and greens. There are also pumpkins made with branches and everything is lit with soft warm white mini lights.

Fall Porch Decor

Here is another gorgeous fall front porch with lights. This time its from Just a Girl blog. I love how simple this porch is too do and the simplicity really makes the lights shine.

A cascading set of real pumpkins lined up on stairs. Each pumpkin is wrapped in warm white lights wrapped in a different direction.

Uncarved Pumpkin Idea

Technically this is a Halloween decor with lights idea from Woman’s Day. But if you skip the creepy snake on the third pumpkin its beautiful for Fall. It would scare the you know what out of me at Halloween as well.

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Fall Table Centerpiece

This is a diy fall centerpiece for a kitchen table I created with multicoloured fall lights in the bottom of the vase. The battery back is hidden within the flower arrangement.

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Fall Home Tour at Night

This fall home tour is in the evening to show all the beautiful fall lights. I especially loved my pumpkin you see on the coffee table. The mini lights made the glass pumpkin glow.

I hope you have enjoy all the fall decorating ideas that add light, warm glow and a little bit of sparkle to our fall decor. Technology has made is so much easier to add light now. I love the battery lights, solar lights, and am just beginning to purchase a collection of lights with remote controls. The newest ones have timers which I think is the best of soutions.

Add this to your Pinterest Board for Fall

A collage of fall decor images including a outdoor table decorated for Fall, a fall centerpiece, a kitchen decorated for fall, a front porch decorated for fall, and pumpkins. Each picture incorporated colourful fall decor with sparkling lights.


  1. I am so ready for fall and this is inspiring me!

    And thanks again for linking to Waste not Wednesday!

  2. So glad I am NOT the only already planning Fall! These pictures are amazing inspiration – beautiful, unique, and creative ideas that are elegant and inviting! Thank you so much for this gallery of wonderful pictures!!! I am off to do even more creative brainstorming!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kristine: Last year my schedule for blogging was really squeezed because I didn’t start early enough and fall supplies weren’t in stores until September after the school year started. This year I was lucky enough to travel south and get a few supplies so I am able to be a bit more organized.

  3. I don’t blame you for not getting rid of the fall decor. I love it too! When it comes to anything lighting I’m always in. I love the logs and everything else too!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      The little battery powered LED lights are so pretty and easy to use. You can place them much easier than the earlier plugged in versions. Unfortunately they are pricey but buying a string or two a year is so worth it and I have some sets three years old and still working.

  4. You’ve got me really starting to think ‘fall’…thanks for all the inspiration.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      All the seasons have to come a month or so early for bloggers. I learned that hard lesson last year. I bet some of these ideas would really suit your gorgeous treed yard Lynn.

  5. Just beautiful! There is nothing better than lighting up your outdoor space with twinkly lights! Creates such a peaceful and relaxing feel.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I have loved fall candles and scents, but hadn’t considered lights before. Trying to do something new this year with some existing ornaments I am going to enjoy using them.

  6. Your ideas are insane and I’m loving it! I am already imagining a festive fall scenery in your home. Truly nothing transforms a space quite like the perfect lighting! Way to go!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you fall can be such a beautiful season. By having a plan I have the time to look or make the items I want for decorating. Your comment is very much appreciated. Thanks.

  7. I love all of these ideas! I have always loved putting lights like that up. I can’t even pick a favorite, although I know my grandmother would be all over the lighted wagon wheel with the pumpkins!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Our home is seriously sparkly at Christmas, but we have never tried decorating with lights in the fall before. I am hopeful that the lights with brighten the long fall evenings.

  8. It is still hot as heck here in Georgia, but fall really is just around the corner. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful fall ideas at Snickerdoodle.

  9. I must admit I was a little surprised when I saw the pumpkins, surely it’s not almost fall for you guys already? But you’re right Leanna, it’s around the corner, GASP!!! Which means Spring is on her way to us down here in the south. YAY!!! All these ideas are lovely, I’m actually considering hanging some of those mason jars in the trees, ours a big enough and it looks so pretty. Thanks for all the inspiration my friend and I hope fall stays away a little longer for you

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      May the inside of my house be fall and the outside of our home be summer for the next three months. That would be wonderful because Spring was so late, it doesn’t feel like we had any summer at all.

      I bet those jars would be stunning in your luscious beautifully green yard.

  10. Exactly, not at all ready for fall, will need to compartmentalize the pretty lights decor ideas I just reviewed and recall them in about two months:) Pinned for that purpose, lol. My favorite is the ladder.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am not looking forward to the shorter days, but they will come and we can make them pretty and sparkly. I really like the ladder as well. Thank you for commenting.

  11. You gathered some lovely ideas. I can’t believe we are thinking fall already. But it doesn’t start cooling off until late October or early November where I live.

    1. We have about six weeks before the leave start turning, hopefully more. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to the USA and do some shopping. I wanted a fall theme so that I could get what I needed instead of buying way too much.

  12. Leanna,
    Such great ideas for lighting! I pinned to my Holidays and Ethereal Lighting boards, of course. You’ve given me an idea for using my two fairies that originally were fairies long ago for my now 25-year-old daughter’s birthday way back when. Even began a post for fall and pinned your amethyst geode fairy lantern to make a widget for it! I’m back linking to this post as my inspiration. Hope that is alright? 🙂

    I can hardly wait for fall ~ too hot in Texas for this Cali Girl! 😉 Thank you for such a beautiful post! I love evening accent lighting and so does Hubby.

    Barb 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am in northern Canada wayyy too many miles north from you, so the days really start to shorten in the fall. I am really glad you found the post inspiring. Thanks for commenting and enjoy your weekend.

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