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Traditional Thanksgiving Decor

Thanksgiving is an often overlooked holiday in the decorating realm as we transition from Halloween straight into the holiday season. Sure, most of us celebrate Thanksgiving; turkeys are bought and roasted, pumpkin pies are baked and eaten, cranberry sauce is made and served, and rolls are devoured by the dozen. We celebrate this holiday with friends and family. It is one of the busiest festivals of the year. And yet, many times we decorate for Halloween and then move directly to Christmas decorations.

Decorating for this holiday doesn’t have to be elaborate to make an impact. Thanksgiving does not call for a tree or decorations. No need to go to the store and buy large amounts of seasonal accessories. However, adding a few items to our home decor to signal the importance and advent of Thanksgiving will help facilitate a more memorable holiday.

One of the easiest ways to decorate during this time is by using traditional fall colors. Fall colors include burnt orange, mustard yellow, olive green, and rust red. Browns and other earthy and harvest colors have their place in the fall color palette. An easy way to add a touch of Thanksgiving to your home decor is with a rug in fall tones. Adding a rich orange or red rug to your living room will help make decorating for Thanksgiving easier. Find a color and tone that doesn’t clash with the basic elements you have in the room, furniture, wall color, etc. You may want to remove items that are in the room continuously throughout the year to make way for fall-themed accessories. Once you’ve decided on a fall-colored rug, add complimentary pillows and artwork. Baskets and items that recall the harvest time have their place in this decorating theme.

Thanksgiving decorations can be carried throughout the house. You will likely spend time in the kitchen preparing for your holiday meal. Adding a mustard yellow or burnt orange rug will bring an immediate change to the look of your kitchen. Wooden pumpkins and kitschy pilgrims can be placed atop counters or cabinets. You might choose to use a traditional cornucopia as your dining room centerpiece and add an autumnal runner rug in front of your food service area to delineate traffic flow.

Fall colors can be added to rooms with special blankets or sheets. Bathrooms can be livened up by changing the towels and rugs for ones in autumn colors. Even the exterior of your home can be easily decorated with the addition of Thanksgiving wreaths on exterior doors and outdoor rugs to welcome visitors into your home.

This is an important time of the year that many of us celebrate. Adding to the festive feeling can be easy when you enhance your decor by adding Thanksgiving touches. Using fall colors will transform your home into a living room decorated for Thanksgiving. Adding rugs and changing up the textiles are simple ways to change the look of our home and make it feel decorated for the holiday season and the holidays.


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