Adding Fall Decor to a Small Kitchen

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The fall season is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than by decorating our homes?!  Today, we’ll be doing just that, by adding fall décor to a small kitchen… a ‘wee’ kitchen at that! 😉  But, what’s more, these tips can be used for any size kitchen!
adding fall decor to a small kitchen pumpkin in white bowl with rafia sitting on wood surface with cutting board and dinnerware
What’s your favorite season of the year?  It’s hard to choose, isn’t it?  Winter is lovely, with its cold temps and icy colors (and CHRISTmas).  And spring has such gentle breezes, moderate temps, and gorgeous flowers.  Summer pounces on us with its stifling heat and sand in your car (LOL!  Sorry…Can you tell I LOVE summer! NOT!) And then there’s fall… Autumn (it even has TWO names) has temps that eventually cool down with the promise of cozy sweaters, super-fun crafting, and so many ways to decorate! Hmmm, wonder what season this girl leans more towards?

Check-out my most fave DIY fall project for this year HERE.


Living in a small home, apartment, or tiny house often limits the space for decorating.  But, if you take a little time to plan, the challenge can actually be quite fun!

One of the FOUR rooms that I LOVE to decorate in My Wee Abode is the tiny kitchen, especially the corner that has the open shelving.  Let’s take a look at the elements that add autumnal touches to this tiny space.

Take a look at how the kitchen was decorated this past spring!

Light and Airy

Because the kitchen is only a total of 100 square feet, keeping the area ‘light and airy’ gives the appearance of being larger.  Since the cupboards are dark (I’m still trying to get the guts to ask my landlord if I can paint them), adding a white portable island, a light rug, updating the counters to faux marble for under $50, plus adding some bright hardware, has helped to keep this small space bright and cheery!

adding fall decor to a small kitchen small kitchen with cupboards open shelving portable island and decor items

All of this ‘brightness’ creates a wonderful background for fall décor. (Oh, and of course, nothing says ‘beautiful fall decor’ like a stainless steel trash can, don’t ya think?)

Keepin’ it real…Your eyes are not playing tricks on you… some of these photos are a bit blurry… Using a new lens for the first time!  There’s that photography learning curve… again! 😉  Thanks for being patient with me!

Open Shelving

Open shelving is the perfect stage for adding fall décor to a small kitchen.  Installing dark shelving, to tie-in with the cupboards, helps to bring continuity to the kitchen.  If white open shelving had been used, it may have looked like a battle was being fought with the cupboards, ya know?

adding fall decor to a small kitchen small kitchen with cupboards open shelving portable island and decor itemsUse White Dishes

To keep this fall décor looking bright and “clean”, I used all white dishes.  Soup tureens, pitchers, ironstone bowls, and my everyday dishes give this autumn look a neutral background for the pops of color and texture that were added next!

adding fall decor to a small kitchen open shelves with white dinnerware plants pumpkins and natural elements

Add Pops of Color

Using pops of color brings in the unexpected and breaks up the neutral tones that can sometimes look monotonous.  A green vintage-look scale, peach candles, and a ceramic plate with all the fall colors added some extra beauty to this tiny space.

adding fall decor to a small kitchen fall decor elements vintage scale autumn wall plate with flower vase and pumpkins orange candle and acorns on wood surface

Oh…and by the way, black is a color!  And adding in just a bit, to an otherwise light and neutral area, can ‘ground’ the whole look. These mini lanterns were added at the very end… what do you think?

adding fall decor to a small kitchen black lantern on wood surface

Add Natural Elements (Real or Faux)

This is probably my favorite.  Bringing nature indoors is so special, don’t you think?  Faux or real, it just gives a space some extra ‘umph’.

Boxwood… (not the real thing… IKEA for $3.50!)

adding fall decor to a small kitchen open shelves with white dinnerware plants pumpkins and natural elements

Acorns (again, faux….really! LOL!)

adding fall decor to a small kitchen open shelves with white dinnerware plants pumpkins and natural elements

And this wooden acorn is one of my little treasures… I just love acorns!

adding fall decor to a small kitchen wooden acorn on wood surface with white bowl and vase and cutting board in background

Real pumpkins…

adding fall decor to a small kitchen pumpkin in white bowl with rafia sitting on wood surface with cutting board and dinnerware

Cotton stems and Lamb’s Ear (left over from my DIY Topiary), and MORE pumpkins… decoupaged and real!

adding fall decor to a small kitchen open shelves with white dinnerware plants pumpkins and natural elements vintage scale cotton stems in pitcher


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I hope you enjoyed this little tour!  I hope it has inspired you to think about adding fall décor to a small kitchen… or any size kitchen! 😉

What are you using to decorate your home with for fall?  Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?  Please share what you are up to in the comments!  I love reading them… it helps me to get to know you!  And, I’ll answer, too! I promise!

P.S. Those little candles get lit at night, and they bring a special bit of cozy to the space! I figured you were dying to know! 😉

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  1. You have accomplished nice things in what is no doubt a difficult area to decorate. We do what we can with what we have. No one’s home is perfect, but you have some very pretty accessories.
    I do have one question – is the shelf under the window actually bowed, or is that a camera thing? Driving me crazy (and that’s a short trip.)

    1. Good morning, Pat! Thanks for dropping in! You know, when I installed the shelving, I thought afterward, “I may have needed to use thicker boards.” 😉 So, yes, I believe there may be a wee bit of bowing going on. =/ So, watch for my new shelving update post! 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!

        1. Thanks for the suggestion, Pat. I’m thinking replacing the shelves with something thicker will be the option I go with. 😉

      1. I wondered that, too, Julie! I’m glad it wasn’t that your new lens is a fisheye lens, Lol!!! Maybe you can pick up some thicker 2″ boards at some point ~ Lowe’s has been great for me about cutting boards. I am liking Texas A LOT for that since in California they made you pay for it. Love this post and all the white… sigh! The soup tureens are lovely!!! p.s. Three pumpkins made so far… Just need stems!

        Happy Monday to you,
        Barb <3

        1. So funny! LOL! The boards do have a VERY slight bend… I had already planned on getting 2 inch boards, but I will get them at Ganahl Lumber. Even the pine at Ganahl is just WAY more lovely than at Lowe’s and Home Depot. And the price is very competitive. They so many cuts for free, and then the even rip and cut for a very small charge. Totally worth it! 😉 Very fun about the pumpkins! Can’t wait to see them! Are the ‘tricks’ working for you? I get to go harvest pumpkin stems from our local pumpkin patch on Thursday morning! Woot! All free!

  2. Such prettiness for such a small and challenging space. Great job Julie.
    I wondered the same thing about that shelf…so I went to your post from last year and it looked a bit slanty in some pics but more level in others so wondering if it is camera angle? REGARDLESS, I love what you did with your space.
    Hollidays are coming up whether we like it or not….or whether we are ready or not and when we spiff up a bit…it makes us feel wonderful.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

    1. Thanks, Kari… Yeah… when I installed the shelves, there were only a few tutorials that were using the 2″ thick shelving. Everyone else seemed to be using the 1″… but they weren’t putting heavy appliances on them! 😉 It will be relatively easy, and inexpensive, to replace the wood, as the brackets were the most costly and labor-intensive. So, I’ll just re-do the shelves… sooner than later, it would seem! Easy post! (I was much more worried about the blur of the photos with me not understanding my new lens! Silly me!) 😉 Thanks for coming by! Hugs!

    1. Thanks, dear friend! You are such a wonderful encouragement! Love you, and see you tomorrow, Lord-willing! BIG hugs!

    1. Not that we are critics or anything..but that shelf makes me nervous too. Could be past experiences. LOL
      I love the lambs ear and cotton. Best example I have seen for use of cotton. Great job all around.

      1. I’m glad you enjoyed the cotton stems and Lamb’s Ear, Myrna. I’m already working on replacing the shelves. LOL! Thanks for coming by today, and I hope your weekend is blessed! 😉

    2. Thank you, sweet friend. The tureens have not been easy to come by for the price I wanted to pay. Two have been Goodwill finds, and the other at a very large consignment market. 😉 Let me know when/if you start collecting! Hugs!

  3. Julie, you do a great job of utilizing your space in such a tasteful and practical way. I love that you have just the right amount of fall touches without going overboard. Those soup tureens are so lovely, too!

    1. Thanks, Crissy! I appreciate the love, sweet friend! (I love my soup tureens, too… wish I had more room for additions!)

  4. Julie, you’ve added just the right amount of fall to your lovely kitchen. It’s a beautiful nod to the season.

    Have a happy week,

    1. So sweet of you to drop in, and be so encouraging, Sherry (this is the way my mom spells her name!). Hugs and heart!

  5. I love the way you’ve set up your tiny kitchen as a great backdrop for any season. Crisp whites, natural wood and black work all year long. And your subtle use of pops of autumn color really work well without overwhelming the room.

    1. Thank you so much, Patti. I was definitely going with understated, yet still ‘fall’. Thanks for the love! Hugs, dear friend!

  6. Julie I just LOVE your wee kitchen! It is lovely and you really have a knack for keeping it uncluttered and yet gorgeously decorated! Great job.
    And though I love all the seasons, I am a summer girl and I hate to give it up for the fall, but ahhhhh… what a relief fall is after the blistering summer temps.
    🙂 gwingal

    1. … and I forgot to say that I am jealous of your stainless trashcan! Mine is black plastic with an ugly white trash bag in it and my Mr. broke the lid so its open ….

      1. Well, I am SO glad you liked it! It was a great price at Walmart, in case you need a new one. But, in a larger house, I would def go with something bigger! 😉 And thank you for the encouraging words. Keeping things neat really helps in a small place… But, as you know, after a photo shoot, it doesn’t look like this at all! 😉 Hugs!

  7. Your kitchen is charming and full of personality! I too am a fan of white pitchers – because you can use them everywhere for everything! You definitely created a fall feel even without using the traditional fall colors. I am slowly coming around to that, and especially like your coastal-spin on fall! Visiting from I Should be Mopping the Floor.

    1. Kristine, thanks for coming by, and for the sweet words. I wish I had more room for white pitchers, and soup tureens! They are so pretty! Hope you visit again!

    1. Hi, Pamela… thanks for coming by! I’ve often seen small open shelving space in kitchens… like above a cart to create a coffee bar. Maybe that’s an option? Thanks for the kind words! Have a blessed day!

    1. Thank you, dear Kim! 😉 Yeah… that wooden acorn is from Hobby Lobby… last year’s clearance. 🙂 Hugs, sweet friend!

  8. Hi Julie! I love the Fall accents in your kitchen. I’m partial to acorns and ironstone, too. Are the lambs ear left over from your DIY topiary? I decorate with faux greens from IKEA, as well. From a distance they look pretty real! You’ve inspired me to up my decorating game in the kitchen!

    1. Hi, Rebecca!!! Yes, the Lamb’s Ear is a definite leftover from my topiary (I should link that, huh?). I’m glad to have inspired you… and I LOVE IKEA, for SO many reasons! (Wonder if I used enough caps in this comment! 😉 ) Hugs, friend!

    1. Thank you, so much, Elizabeth… for dropping in and for the sweet words! Acorns are definitely a fave of mine! Hugs and hearts!

    1. Thanks, Debra… and, of course, I agree. Even if you can add a small section of open shelves, I just love it! Thanks for coming by, friend! Hugs!

    1. Hi, Pam! Thank you so much for the lovely and kind words! I actually got the scale at Michael’s, and super clearance. I was a bit giddy over it! 😉 Hope to ‘see’ you again! Hugs and hearts!

    1. Oh, I’m glad you like the acorns, Mary. They are so cute, and so affordable (Big Lots find! 😉 ) Hugs, sweet friend!

  9. Your kitchen is adorable, Julie! (and I love your floating shelves!) I think my favorite piece is that aqua vintage looking scale – I’m always a sucker for those! Happy fall:)

    1. Thanks, Tiffany… and, yes… I have wanted a vintage scale for a long time, but they always seem to be out of my price range. This was a good compromise, and I love it! Happy fall to you, too, friend!

  10. Hi Julie, your home looks lovely! Already for Fall. I am so far behind that at this rate I think I ought to just start on Christmas and maybe I will have it done in time!

    1. I so get the ‘being so far behind’. I should be working on Christmas crafts, but I have a living room update I need to do still! *runs to go finish paint color post*… Thanks for coming by, and for the sweet words, Lynn! Hugs and hearts!

  11. I just love your little kitchen, it has a lot of charm and personality! I love to use white dishes too and then I’ll add pops of green (especially from nature), etc. I love how you said black is a color when it comes to decorating! So true! I love all of these open shelves I’ve been seeing lately. I really should incorporate something like this in my home somewhere! Hmmmm!!!


    1. Do I see another kitchen update coming to your blog?! 😉 LOL! Thank you for the sweet words, Carrie! (Give me all the greens, and white dishes!) 😉

    1. Thanks, Amy… It’s a lot of fun decorating my shelves. 🙂 And they give me more ‘real estate’ to decorate! 😉

  12. Happy to have found your blog. We have much in common. I too am from CA and lived there most of my life. I love Jesus.. HE gives me breath and I give him praise. I adore tiny cozy spaces (most days). I own a tiny 8’x18′ house on wheels and a tiny 570′ vintage farmhouse in the Appalachian mountains. I blog about both of them on my blog at . I decorate with vintage finds, and especially love primitive, farmhouse, shabby chic and french country styles. I mix them all up in my little cottage. Your blog is great and I really love seeing what you have done with your sweet 400′ living space. I really like open shelving in tiny spaces. Your kitchen is beautiful all dressed up for Fall. Many blessings.

    1. Hi, Tonita! So glad you ‘found’ us, too! 😉 Glad to have found you, as well, LOL! I just visited your site! You have made your wee place a sanctuary, haven’t you?! I’m definitely going to explore your blog more, and look forward to getting to know you more, as well! It’s always wonderful to discover a new sister in the Lord! Praise Him! He is always good! Hugs!

    1. Oh, thank you, Kippi! I do love white dishes, and the scale was something I had wanted for a long time, and finally found one that was in my budget! 😉 So glad you came by! Hugs and hearts!

  13. I love what you’ve done with your kitchen Julie. I’ve had a small kitchen in a previous home and know how frustrating it can be to get it looking nice while still being able to store everything. Yours looks so lovely all dressed for fall.
    Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow and Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your fall kitchen at tonight’s party and pinning too.

    1. Well, thank you so much, Kerryanne! I’m so excited to be featured at your lovely party! I’ll be sure to come visit in the morning! 😉 I’m thinking the party starts a bit late here on Thursdays. Hehe! See you soon!

  14. This is so charming, Julie! I love your vintage look scale with the decoupaged pumpkin! And the wooden acorn – though I have an overabundance of the real thing aggressively trying to create oak trees all over my yard, so I have more of a love/hate relationship with acorns LOL.

  15. Here I go again scrolling scrolling scrolling way down to the bottom so I can tell you we are featuring your great fall ideas on Farmhouse Friday tomorrow! Thank you for linking up and hope you link up again. pinned

  16. Julie – I love open shelving and I love white dishes. Your kitchen is perfectly styled. Thank you for stopping by the Home Imagined Link party!

    1. Thanks, Anna… I miss my open shelves in my former apartment, but lots of people still like the posts! 😉

  17. Gorgeous decorating as always Julie.
    Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your kitchen decor at tonight’s party and pinning too.

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