Whether you have a balcony, a wraparound porch, or just a small stoop, you can add seasonal touches to your outdoor space using pumpkins, mums, and more with these fresh fall porch ideas.

By BH&G Editors
Updated August 26, 2020
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It's easy to give your front porch a seasonal refresh with a few fall decorations. Adding fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, and simple decorating touches to your porch creates a warm and inviting entry for guests. Consider a classic fall color scheme, like red, yellow, and orange, for your fall front porch, or try something new, like a farmhouse-style display of soft white pumpkins paired with pastel accents and rustic planters. Use these ideas for fall porch decor to achieve a festive harvest look that lasts all the way through Thanksgiving.

Jay Wilde

1. Create a Fall Porch Seating Area

Add a bench to your porch for a comfy outdoor seating area that doubles as a festive fall vignette. Set a simple bench against an exterior wall or railing, then layer it with pillows and throws in weather-resistant fabrics. Fill planters, such as baskets and galvanized buckets, with fall flowers like mums to flank the seating area. Complete the fall porch decor with miniature gourds tucked between the planters and a nubby rug underfoot.

Anthony Masterson Photography

2. Start with Classic Fall Porch Decor

If you start with the right basic elements, you can easily update your front porch for fall with just one trip to the pumpkin patch. A pretty faux fall wreath makes a good investment you can reuse for years to come, and lanterns in varying sizes make versatile vessels you can switch up as the seasons change. For your autumn outdoor display, fill them with small pumpkins or fiery bittersweet branches and set a few larger pumpkins nearby for more fall color. Traditional fall porch decor such as pumpkins, rustic lanterns, and colorful wreaths will never go out of style.

WERNER STRAUBE

3. Extend Fall Decor Beyond the Porch

If your entryway has limited square footage, let your fall porch decor extend past the front stoop. Line the walkway leading up to your front door with pumpkins in a variety of shapes and colors. Tuck smaller gourds into window boxes or planters for an unexpected fall twist.

Adam Albright

4. Decorate with Fall Foliage

Nature abounds with this colorful fall porch decor. A mix of textures, including spiky grasses, mounds of mums, fluffy ‘Magic Carpet’ spirea, and ruffled kale, fill a variety of rustic containers. Be sure to pack planters full and water only occasionally because plants grow slowly in cool temperatures. Mix orange carving pumpkins with unusual varieties of gourds and squashes. Wrap a thick rope with outdoor string lights and grapevine balls to create a festive garland to welcome visitors.

Werner Straube

5. Add Farmhouse Style to Your Porch

Easily achieve a farmhouse look with a few inexpensive fall decorating ideas. The traditional farmhouse decor that decorates this space can be found at a local craft store, flea market, or secondhand shop. Vintage furniture, rustic signage, colorful door decorations, and comfy chair cushions all add up to the quintessential fall farmhouse porch.

Adam Albright

6. Create a Cozy Fall Nook

To make your outdoor decorations more functional, include a cozy seating area for enjoying the fall colors. Here, a fluffy pillow in an Adirondack chair creates a spot for relaxation. A matching orange side table holds a decorative lantern and spooky painted pumpkin for a festive fall porch setup.

Jason Donnelly

7. Frame Your Front Door with Fall Decor

If you don't have a large porch to decorate, think vertically and add cornstalks or a leaf garland around your door. A vertical display will give you a big impact without taking up a lot of space. For fall porch decorating ideas on a budget, buy faux seasonal garlands instead of creating one with live produce or leaves. These can look convincingly realistic and be used year after year. Here, pumpkins get a vertical lift on pedestals that provide added interest to this decorative porch.

Helen Norman Photography

8. Entice Visitors with a Colorful Entry

A painted cabinet filled with pots and jars brings vibrant color to this front porch. A generous tumble of gourds in soft, creamy colors flanks the screen door. Colorful containers filled with frilly ornamental kale and fall flowers accent the pathway to the door and provide a warm welcome to visitors.

Jason Donnelly

9. Decorate Your Fall Porch with Grapevines

Whether you twirl it around a column or drape it over a railing or fence, a fall garland, such as this grapevine version accented with mini copper molds, is sure to evoke a smile. To craft a similar fall porch decoration, use a finishing nail to make a hole in the rim of each mold. Thread fine-gauge florists wire through the hole and wire the mold to the grapevine. Soften the twiggy grapevine with sprigs of feathery broomcorn seed heads tucked between the garland stems.

Carson Downing

10. Soften Fall Porch Decor with Neutrals

Decorate with natural elements in soft colors and textures for an inviting front porch that easily transitions from season to season. We love this home's inexpensive fall porch decor, including a straw basket filled with gourds. Weatherproof pillows provide extra comfort and a sturdy blanket brings warmth. And, of course, the more pumpkins, the merrier!

Jay Wilde

11. Go Traditional with Mums and Pumpkins

Mums and pumpkins are classic outdoor fall decorations. A colorful, layered display, like this one, creates an inviting statement and perfectly frames the front door. Place mums of the same color and small pumpkins on opposite sides of entryway steps to form a balanced look on your fall front porch.

Michael Partenio

12. Make a Harvest Planter

If you have the space, add a large container like a wheelbarrow or wagon to your list of cute fall porch ideas. Fill it with an assortment of fall elements, such as bittersweet, pumpkins, gourds, and leaves. Add a short message or your home's numbers to the pumpkins for a finishing touch. This decoration can easily span the fall holidays, taking you right through Thanksgiving.

Greg Scheidemann

13. Layer, Then Layer Some More

Add dimension to your fall porch decor with plenty of layers. Once you have your decor, sort it by height with the tallest items in the back and the smallest up front. Add more variety in height by using hay bales as platforms to hold lanterns or pumpkins. Fill in the gaps with textured baskets of mums. And don't forget the pretty fall wreath!

Carson Downing

14. Get Spooky for Fall Porch Decor

October is a prime opportunity to get truly spooky with your outdoor decorations. Because the timeframe is so limited, you probably don't want to lay down big bucks for a few spiderwebs or jack-o'-lanterns. Instead, opt for easy DIY projects to get in the spirit without leaving a dent in your wallet. This larger-than-life DIY spiderweb was made with braided rope. This fall porch idea is unique, inexpensive, and pairs well with the classic orange and black accents.

Carson Downing

15. Add an Accent Pattern to Your Fall Porch

Create a neutral fall display by grouping elegant white and pale-orange pumpkins. To keep it interesting and add a touch of farmhouse style, incorporate painted gingham pumpkins throughout. Finish with white mums, lanterns, and patinaed planters to complete the rustic fall porch decor.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
August 31, 2020
I like the welcome Friends one and the neutral one but the rest of them would benefit from the old adage "Less is more".