Ideas for Fall Window Displays

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Ideas for Fall Window Displays
Decorative fall elements are readily available. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fall window displays are an excellent way to brighten both the home and workplace. Whether you are designing a window display to bring fall cheer to your home or to highlight your merchandise with autumnal props in a store, fall window displays can be easily created to revolve around seasonal colours and props or holiday themes.

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Among the most intuitive themes for a fall window display is harvest, focusing on the bounty and colours of the season. Real decorative items--such as gourds, apples, nuts, and corn stalks--are readily available at grocery stores and farm stands. (For a fall window display with more longevity, try plastic, ceramic or wooden versions, found everywhere from craft stores to home decor shops.) Group gourds, in a variety of colours and sizes (try butternut squash, acorn squash and pumpkins); fill a basket with apples.


An easy way to brighten any window display with a fall touch is by using the bright colours of autumn leaves. Scatter the bottom of the window with real or fake leaves in brilliant reds, oranges and golds, or outline the window with garlands of leaves. To incorporate a craft project, try creating paper leaves and using them for garlands or other types of decor. To recreate the falling leaves of a blustery autumn day, attach thread (in varying lengths) to each leaf, and tape the end of the string to the ceiling or top of the window frame, letting the leaves dangle in the air.


A fall window display can be subtly created without using seasonal motifs by using colours and textures to evoke the warmth and brightness of autumn. For a storefront display, feature products in bright or earthy reds, golds and oranges. For a fresh look, use deep or yellowy greens and browns. Focus on natural decor elements by using baskets, wooden carts and hay bales in your display.


Fun fall window displays can also be created using the theme of the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. For a Halloween theme, create a palette using the traditional colours of black and orange, or think outside the box to create a spooky scene complementing black with deep purple, blood red or bone white. Incorporate seasonal motifs like spiders, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and skeletons. The scene can be as creepy, harmless, elegant or kitschy as you prefer; for example, a spider can sport a friendly smile, frighten with realistically hairy legs or be embodied in a classy line drawing. For a Thanksgiving theme, complement basic harvest elements with traditional motifs like turkeys and cornucopias.

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