It's easy to give your front porch a seasonal refresh with a few fall decorations. We love how these porches used fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, and simple decorating touches to create 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 display of soft white pumpkins paired with pastel accents and rustic planters. Here are 12 tips to give your front porch that perfect harvest look all the way through Thanksgiving.
1. Decorate with Fall Foliage
Nature abounds on this colorful fall porch. 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.
2. Add Farmhouse Style
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.
3. 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 setup ideal for handing out candy on Halloween.
4. Frame Your Front Door
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 front 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.
5. 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.
6. Decorate 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. 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.
7. Soften 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 outdoor decorating ideas, 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!
8. Go Traditional with Mums and Pumpkins
Mums and pumpkins are classic outdoor fall decorations. A simple symmetrical 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 create this look.
9. 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.
10. Layer, Then Layer Some More
Add dimension to your fall front porch with plenty of layers. Once you have your decor, sort it by height—the tallest items should go 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!
11. Get Spooky
October is the one time each year you can 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 spooky 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. It's unique, inexpensive, and pairs well with the classic orange and black accents.
Related: How to Make a Braided Spiderweb
12. Add an Accent Pattern
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.