Luminary Fall Decorating Ideas to Brighten the Lengthening Evenings

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Building on What You Already Have

For the past four years my fall decor has been neutrals and metallics, I have started a nice collection of neutral fall decor, if you haven’t seen it, here is last year’s Fall Home Tour. Neutral decor is so light and airy compared to the earthy and colourful rusts, browns and oranges, typical of fall decor.

Traditional Fall Decor with Fabric Pumpkins in Rustic Fabric

So what’s with wanting teal?  We cleaned out our storage room giving two pickup loads to charity.  Out went the green Christmas decor, all kinds of artwork, curtains, bedding, towels, even my life size hand painted snowmen went, but  I just could not bring myself to part with the orange fall decor.  I tried twice and finally decided if I was going to keep it, I was going to use it this year.

Teal goes really well with orange and it’s a gorgeous colour so that shopping decision was easily made.

Are you like me and find the rusts, oranges, and browns of fall a bit dark?  Thinking about it I decided to fix that by adding lights, all kinds of sparkly lights for fall.  Here are some of the prettiest posts I found on fall decorating with lights.

12 Fall Decorating Ideas with Lights

These logs are so whimsical, unique, rustic and natural.    Wouldn’t they make lovely coffee tables or little stands?

Fall decor ideas using lights. This one is rustic with log seating.
Recycled Interiors – Cracked Log Lamps

Pier One used a simple birch branch to display a string of pretty acorn lights.    Somehow this simple birch branch manages to look elegant.    This would be beautiful running down the center of a sideboard or a dining table.

Fall decor ideas using lights. These ones are pretty acorn lights, beautiful for evenings.

Pier One – Acorn Glimmer Lights

The moss in this photograph really attracted me, adding soft green to fall decor whether it is neutral decor or orange decor adds a little bit nice contrast.  Imagine this fairy lantern with orange and white lights. pine cones, cinnamon sticks, the moss and a mini pumpkin maybe.  Maybe an orange coloured fairy figure if available.

Fall decor ideas, a pretty fall fairy lantern using mini lights.

Pinterest – Fairy Light

Branches are so perfect for fall decor,  I love how they used a branch to cascade the lights downwards.  It would be stunning hanging above a fall vignette, with the lights surrounding the items.   I would consider having something like this along the top of a china cabinet or bookcase.  For my home, I prefer something so rustic to be outside,  branches against our stark white ceiling would not look right.

Fall decor idea using lights. Pretty golden lights suspended from a branch, beautiful for outdoors.

Terrain – Cascading Lights

This would be amazing framing a front door or entrance.  I love the idea of having one of these out in the yard under a tree where the fall leaves have cascaded around.

Fall outdoor decor using lights. Layers of pumpkins surrounded with miniature lights.

This Harvest Moon

This simple yet amazing chandelier idea would be beautiful above the table or a sideboard.

A simple rustic fall decor arrangement using miniature lights.

All Things Heart and Home – Easy DIY Outdoor Chandelier

Ladders used for display are such a trendy modern decor idea.  This one is especially nice for all as the branches make it rustic and earthy.

A string of globe lights cascading down a rustic ladder. A pretty fall home decor idea.

Trucsetbricolages – Rustic Lit Ladder

Our yard does not have trees large enough for these stunning mason jar lanterns.  This is such a beautiful whimsical idea, I had to share it.

Mason jar lanterns for outdoors. A beautiful fall decor idea for outdoors.

Creative Wedding Tips – Mason Jar Lamps

This rustic antique wagon wheel is the perfect backdrop for this outdoor vignette.    You can just imagine an old wagon full of pumpkins coming in from the fields.

Outdoor fall decorations using lights. A rustic wagon wheel with pumpkins is a beautiful front porch fall decor idea.

HNGN – Fall Season Front Porch

Fall days are quite short so the lights will illuminate nicely in the yard.  These simply strung lights in an orchard define the space and provide a cozy feel.  So pretty.

Globe lights suspended in a fall garden. Calm and whimsical fall decor.

French Country Cottage – Evening in the Orchard

Edmonton had such a late Spring this year a least a month later than normal.  It was late May before we were able to work outdoors and now fall is fast approaching.  Not sure if I am mentally ready for fall to arrive, but I am happy to get a quick start on planning for it.

These are the two creations I made using the inspiration from this post.


A fall floral arrangement using miniature lights. Pretty fall decoration centerpiece for a dining table or end table.

Fall Table Centerpiece Using Lights – Faeries and Fauna


A pretty fall mantel with lights. Fall Home Tour, fall decor ideas, diy fall decorating, fall home tour 2017

An Illuminated Fall Evening Tour

Add this to your Pinterest Board for Fall.


A collection of Fall Decor featuring strings of lights.

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  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? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can hardly wait for fall ~ too hot in Texas for this Cali Girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for such a beautiful post! I love evening accent lighting and so does Hubby.

    Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

    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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