Creating cohesive and beautiful decor (in any room and season) without breaking the bank requires balance. You can find cheap fall decor everywhere, from Dollar Tree to Target, to TJ Maxx, you name it. However, it would help if you also paired the cheap decor with pieces that aren’t necessarily expensive but have a high-end look. The best ideas for decor, whether for fall or any other season, happen when you find that balance. Here are a few easy and cheap fall decor ideas for your living room including some ideas for decorating an entertainment center or bookcase.
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Target’s Fall Decor 2022
On my way home from dropping off our son at school every morning, I must drive past Target. I don’t need to tell you how hard it is not to stop there for a ‘quick run.’ Between the beautiful fall decor and the PSLs at Starbucks (inside Target!) I had no choice but to make a few extra trips this season. This year, most fall decor in my living room is from Target’s 2022 collection. I picked several fall decor pieces this year from Target’s Bullseye Playground. You will see how I used cheap -but cute- fall decor in my living room, along with other easy fall decor ideas for your home.
To find that balance I mentioned earlier, I paired the cheap pieces ($1, $3, and $5 Bullseye Playground) with other inexpensive Threshold pieces. I also ‘splurged’ a bit in the Hearth & Hand section. I intentionally quote the word ‘splurge’ because splurging is subjective. Every person’s budget is different. I like inexpensive and cheap fall decor because I like to change it every year. So, I do not invest a lot of money. However, I do not mind spending the extra dollars when I LOVE a high-quality piece.
Most of Target’s Bullseye Playground stuff is available in-store only, so keep an eye out now and every season for the stuff as soon as they put it out! You can purchase other items like Threshold and Hearth & Hand decor in-store and online. I am linking as many pieces as possible. In the pictures, you will also see other fall decor pieces from different stores that I have accumulated/purchased throughout the years.
Fall Decor Ideas for Living Rooms
When you enter our home, you are greeted by a small entryway. Immediately to the left, a formal living room with tall nine-foot ceilings draws everyone’s attention. I absolutely adore all the natural light that comes in through the arched window. Because of its East exposure, Sunday mornings spent in this room reading magazines and sipping coffee are my favorite. I love coming up with ideas to decorate this living room every season, and I especially love decorating it for Fall. The grand white entertainment center is my favorite piece to decorate.
Bringing decor ideas from magazines and Pinterest pins to life gives me joy, and this fall, I found easy ways to replicate those ideas with just a few tweaks. I actually must admit that it’s more than a few tweaks. The past couple of weeks, while photo-shooting the living room, I moved around the fall decor whenever I had a new idea.
FUN FACT: If you are detailed oriented like me, you will see how some pieces ‘moved’ to a different place in some pictures. #storyofmylife
Because there is so much going on in the bookcase, I opted for a simple fall vignette on the coffee table. Before, I used to have up to three vignettes on it, but this picture made me realize that on this coffee table, less is more.
For coffee table decor, I placed fall stems in my trusty blue glass vase/jug, a candle, and a $3 ceramic pumpkin (no link available) from Target’s 2022 fall decor in the Bullseye Playground section. The farmhouse beads garland adds texture and fills the empty gaps.
I was particularly excited to come up with ideas to add some fall decor to the accent table in the living room. That is because it’s a recent purchase -we had no side table for years! – and this corner needed a place to set magazines and drinks! And yes, this is where I sit and sip my coffee whenever I get a chance 🙂
The splurge here was the two pieces from Hearth & Hand (candle and fall vase). Sometimes it’s crazy to me to pay $20 for a decorative candle. But this candle is gorgeous, smells amazing, and it’s high-end. It’s one of those pieces I do not mind investing the extra money on because I think it will look great in this living room year-round. The ceramic pumpkin was only $3 from the Bullseye’s Playground. There’s your balance.
I find it therapeutic to remove all objects from the shelves, clean them, and start over with every season change. Decorating this entertainment center is enjoyable, most likely because I love symmetry. I placed identical or similar pieces on each side to balance the wall unit and achieve cohesiveness. This is not a rule, but you can use it as a ‘cheat sheet’ to decorate shelves.
The twelve-foot-long Aubrey Entertainment Center takes up the entire left wall of the living room, and it’s filled with fall decor and collected items. This fall, I added lots of Target 2022 fall decor. Cheap fall decor is everywhere you look; check out these easy-to-replicate ideas.
NOTE: I wrote a detailed post about the process I follow to style this bookcase; check it out whenever possible.
Fall Decor Ideas for Entertainment Center
The fall decor that I found in the Bullseye Playground at Target (2022 fall collection) can’t be found online. So, I am linking to similar product ideas whenever I can’t find the exact product for you.
LEFT SIDE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
The black candlesticks and black candle snuffer were $3 each at Target. Do they look like cheap fall decor to you in this bookcase? No! Because they’re paired with other pieces that cost a bit more. Balance is key. The rustic window panes add texture and color to the stark white bookcase. I always try to keep warm wood tones that pop in this unit. So not only during fall but year-round, these cheap window panes find their spot in the bookcase.
The marble and wood cake pedestal is a bit more of an investment, but to me, it is the ‘piece of resistance’ in this bookcase. It draws your eye to the (also cheap) faux potted plant that I put inside an inexpensive vase. I wrapped a short strand of farmhouse beads with tassels around the orange ceramic flower pot. This set of farmhouse beads is my favorite.
RIGHT SIDE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
After decorating and photo-shooting, I realized I forgot to display my beloved plate with fall leaves. This is another porcelain piece I painted in high school (you can see my espresso set in my coffee cabinet). So, if you are nit-picking the pictures, you will see I had an orange candle in its place before.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Shop Bookcase Decor
I rescued this magazine rack from my neighbor’s garage. It was stained in high gloss cherry, and I did not like it then. Now, I kind of regret sanding it off and distressing it. It sits on the floor next to the reclining chair.
Happy Pumpkin Spice Season Sign
I found this sign at Michaels a couple of years ago. Each year, I place it in a different place. I like how it fills the small shelf above the TV. I added two ceramic pumpkins from the Bullseye’s Playground and this one from Threshold.
The two black potpourri bowls on each side of the sign are also from Target. Only one thing, I purchased them 16 years ago!
I hope you enjoyed this fall tour of my living room and my entertainment center and that you grabbed some fall decor ideas (cheap and not-so-cheap) to make yours beautiful too!