Harvest Home: How to Decorate Floating Shelves for Thanksgiving

decorating floating shelves for thanksgiving

Fall is in full swing, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s time to start spreading some harvest cheer throughout your home, and what better way to do that than by adding Thanksgiving decorations to your floating shelves? In this article, we’re going to outline Thanksgiving themes, colors, and decoration ideas to bring the spirit of the holiday into your home.

Set Your Floating Shelf Thanksgiving Theme

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year to reflect on what holidays truly mean to you. It may be the sound of joyful laughter around the dinner table with family or the clink of glasses among friends. 

Similarly, Thanksgiving décor can vary greatly, from traditional turkeys, cornucopias, and pilgrims to a more modern and stylized approach. Regardless of which resonates with you, you can always find a floating shelf theme that complements the rest of your space.

Let Harvest Hues Inspire You

When you imagine the autumn and Thanksgiving color palette, you probably envision a picture of warmth. Rich oranges, deep reds, and earthy browns create the traditional harvest palette, while muted shades of sage green, dusty blue, and copper set the scene with a modern twist. 

As you decorate, use these colors as a backdrop for the rest of the décor that will find its home on your floating shelves this season.

pumpkin on floating shelve

Bring the Theme and Colors Together

You’ve chosen your theme and favorite harvest colors, so it’s time to add decorations that complement them. Think of small pumpkins (real and faux), pinecones, and clusters of artificial fall-colored leaves. To add character, use ceramic figurines of turkeys and pilgrims, and complete the look with a cornucopia filled with gourds or scented potpourri. If this isn’t your style and you prefer a simple fall theme, try these autumn floating shelf décor ideas.

Illuminate with a Warm Ambiance

The magic of lighting is often overlooked, yet it can elevate your displays from simple to stunning. Consider draping a strand of fairy lights across your floating shelves to cast warm, gentle light. Or, add flickering battery-operated candles to the space for soft, dancing illumination.

Add Layers for Depth and Interest

Layers added to floating shelves increase the aesthetic. Think of styling a shelf like baking a pie – multiple steps are essential to the finished product. 

Stack and layer items to craft a scene that allows the eye to dance seamlessly across the floating shelf display. Use books, boxes, and shelf risers to give smaller items the lift they need to stand out. Include baskets and linens for texture, and add plants for a lively, earthy feel.

Don’t Forget Personal Touches

What truly makes a house a home is the personal touch one adds to the space. When decorating for Thanksgiving, don’t forget to add those personal touches to your floating shelves. These may be family mementos, handmade treasures, or bygone celebrations you'd like to cherish for years to come. These will make your shelves not just a display but a showcase of who you are.

Embrace the Creative Process

As you wrap up decorating the space, take a moment to step back and admire your handiwork. When it comes to home décor, there is no such thing as perfection. Allow yourself to experiment, change your mind, and find joy in rearranging your floating shelf space. 

This Thanksgiving, let your shelves tell a story – a story of gratitude, family, the beauty of harvest, and the joy of creating a fun and aesthetically beautiful space.

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