How to Decorate Your Front Door for Fall

Embrace all things fall with this classic autumn palette. With simple wreaths, hay bales, pumpkins, mums, and lanterns, this farmhouse front porch is ready for the season.

fall front door with pumpkins and hay barrels

Fall is about embracing nature's changing colors and taking in all the seasonal fun we're only allowed a few short months of the year. Memories strike of pumpkin picking, wagon rides, leaf raking, and apple bobbing. From our childhood and beyond, the traditions never change—and we wouldn't have it any other way.

When that first leaf starts to turn a crimson red in early September, it's time to start planning your fall front door decor. This year, we were inspired by fall's most classic elements, like the colorful foliage and bountiful pumpkin harvest. You can get this look, composed from items available at your local crafts store, in just a couple hours. Throw in an homage to one of your favorite fall traditions—we're suckers for billowing grasses—for an added personal touch. 

Ideas for Fall Decorating

Add Soft Candlelight

wood lantern with candles inside

Lanterns are a beautiful way to bring a certain elegance to your front door decor. We love them for their antique look and versatility. Extra-large lanterns, such as the ones we used, can be filled with a variety of fall items including candles, small pumpkins, or faux leaves. Grouped between pumpkins and fall foliage, the wood lanterns are a perfect fit. 

Safety Tip: If you choose to place candles inside your lantern, opt for flameless or LED candles. It is unsafe to leave a burning candle on your front porch unattended.

No Such Thing as Too Many Pumpkins

fall front door with wreaths, hay barrel, pumpkins and gourds

This porch would not be the same without, of course, a healthy batch of pumpkins. Kick up your fall decorating by putting out not just one, but 10 or more live pumpkins. There are a ton of various kinds of pumpkins, ranging from the most-recognized plump orange to sleek white and even funky green pumpkins! Ask your local pumpkin farmer about non-traditional pumpkins and where you can purchase them. 

Editor's Tip: If you have crafty kids, try decorating your pumpkins with paint or stickers this year. They will last a lot longer than carved pumpkins, which tend to go bad in about a week. 

See how to make your pumpkins last longer!

Create a Layered Look with Hay Bales

orange and white pumpkins on hay barrel

Unless you live near a horse barn, hay bales are likely something you only see in the fall. Invite them into your own home by including three or four in your front porch decor. These naturally beautiful blocks work great as a foundation to your design. We stacked ours in various sizes on each side of the door; they act as risers to show off other fun fall accessories. There are plenty of ways to use hay bales in your decor, so have some fun finding out what works best for your style!

Dress Up a Basic Wreath

fall wreath with orange and white flowers

With a gorgeous double door like this, we had to find wreaths that were equally as beautiful. However, custom live wreaths last for only one season and can easily make a big dent in your holiday funds. A longer-lasting alternative is to use simple, store-bought wreaths as a base and dress them up with seasonal accessories. Here, we started with a faux twig and berry wreath. Then, we added silk flowers with floral wire for an asymmetrical design.

Editor's Tip: If you only have time to add a wreath to your front door this fall, embrace the fact that it's going to be the star and don't feel shy about using bold colors. We're always fans of the classic gold, red, and copper color scheme.

Embrace Fall Blooms

yellow fall flowers in red planter with mini pumpkins

You may associate fresh blooms with a springtime front porch, but there is just enough opportunity for natural elements in the fall, too. Take advantage of fall flowers by dressing your front deck in brightly colored mums. Bright yellows and oranges are a nice transition from summer to fall, but we're also big fans of deep reds and purples. We planted our mums in adorable red store-bought wood baskets. The handles make it easy to move the mums around as you play with different styles and layouts for your porch. 

Top Fall Flowers for Your Garden

Plant in Style

wooden planter by front door with grasses and mums

The best kind of planter is one that makes as much of a statement as the plant growing in it! Flank your front door with this stylish piece, which features a farmhouse-inspired exterior and a strong, sturdy base. For the fall season, fill it with layers of long grass and flowers at the base. These one-of-a-kind planters are the perfect fall decor item that seamlessly transitions into winter decor. 

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