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Thanksgiving Home Decorating Ideas

All you need to do on Thanksgiving? Enjoy family, friends and holiday food. When it’s your turn to host, try these easy Thanksgiving decorating ideas to transform your home for the year’s most celebrated meal.

Embrace Thanksgiving Hues

Warm up your home’s palette by mixing in accessories in fall colors. Dress up sofas with decorative pillows in classic autumnal shades—think saturated oranges, soft browns and cozy taupes. Drape a cozy throw over the back of a leather chair, make up the guest bed in a printed quilt and swap indoor mats and accent rugs that nod to the natural beauty of the season.

Pass the Gourds

Bold colors and organic shapes make pumpkins and gourds the ultimate Thanksgiving decorations. Welcome guests with clusters of pumpkins along your front walkway or porch. Inside, scatter gourds everywhere: on an entryway table, atop a stack of coffee-table books and along a fireplace mantel among framed family photos. At the dinner table, decorate each guest’s folded napkin with a tiny pumpkin, or slice open the tops of small, sturdy gourds and a insert handwritten place cards.

Layer in Texture

Nature offers up the best Thanksgiving decorating ideas, and you can often find what you need in your own backyard. Fill glass hurricanes and clear bowls to the brim with earthy acorns and pine cones. Try bundles of wheat in glass or ceramic vases of various heights to create your own amber waves of grain. Place rattan baskets in unexpected places—among books on a shelf, on one side of a console table or on the counter in a bathroom—and fill them with small red apples or ears of dried corn. Hang a seasonal wreath on the front door to greet your guests and set the tone for the holiday.

Soften the Light

Everything looks better bathed in a warm glow. Candles can go way beyond the dinner table, so try unscented tea lights flickering in brass-toned holders on coffee tables, among casserole dishes on the dining room buffet, along high windowsills and even lined up behind the kitchen sink. Use classic metal lanterns to display larger candles outdoors or wherever you have extra pockets of space indoors—inside a fireplace, for instance. Play a soundtrack of solo classical guitar music, dim the lights and start burning candles just before your guests arrive to your newly decorated Thanksgiving home.

For more ideas for Thanksgiving decorating, visit Crate and Barrel’s Pinterest page.

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