Fall front porch ideas: 18 seasonal ways to decorate the entrance of your home
These fabulous fall front porch ideas are guaranteed to give your guests a warm welcome
Adding some fall front porch ideas to the entrance of your home is always a lovely way to celebrate the season. And, there are so many beautiful ways to do so.
After all, no matter the time of year, good front porch ideas are crucial for making a stunning first impression and boosting your home's curb appeal. So, why not give your guests a warm welcome this fall, whether that's with a colorful wreath, pumpkins aplenty, twinkling lanterns, or even on-theme doormats?
We've rounded up a whole range of looks to get you inspired. There are DIY masterpieces for the craft lovers among us to simple displays that are as easy as an online order and some smart placement. You'll be sure to find a style that suits you.
Fall front porch ideas for a stunning and seasonal display
Whether you want to go all out with your outdoor fall decor ideas or keep it subtle with touches of autumnal hues, you're bound to find something you love for your fall front porch in this mix.
1. Use pumpkins, of course!
Nothing says fall quite like a pumpkin. While part of the fun is picking one out, either fresh from the patch or from your local farmers' market, it's also a delight to arrange them on your porch.
Now, there's no need to go over the top (unless you really want to) as sometimes even simple, elegant displays can work just as well. We love this pared-back arrangement, for instance, which really pops against the on-trend black backdrop.
You don't have to stick with orange, either. Experiment with more unusual varieties such as white 'ghost' pumpkins, or blue 'Crown Prince' squash. In fact, if you've got the space, why not try growing your own? Our guide on how to grow pumpkins has all the tips you'll need.
2. Keep it chic with a muted palette
If you're looking for fall front porch ideas that ooze sophistication, a look like this might be the perfect solution. The trick is to stick to a simple palette of just two or three tones, such as the snow white and seasonal orange seen here.
We like the use of wicker garden planters, too, which add to the cohesive and smart feel. Look closer and you'll also spot dried citrus: another pretty detail. And of course, that impressive autumn wreath provides the perfect finishing touch.
3. Enhance potted topiary with microlights
Topiary in pots looks wonderful when framing a door, whatever time of year – it's an instant way to make a good first impression. These matching balls, however, have been dressed up for the occasion. Each has been covered in a microlight net that will glimmer enticingly in the dark, as well as faux spiderwebs (it is spooky season, after all).
Plenty of pumpkins and candles (go for outdoor, LED ones for safety) on ground level finish the abundant display beautifully.
4. Create show-stopping seasonal containers
These tall containers, filled with fluffy hydrangea heads and trailing ivy, make a big impact. The trick is in the height, which is created by pushing pussy willow and elegant birch branches into the soil.
And, if the weather is dry, why not embrace the new season by giving your porch a refresh with a lick of exterior paint? It's an easy way to smarten up an entrance and we're loving this leafy green shade.
5. Hang an autumnal wreath
'As we've seen more recently, door wreaths are certainly not just for Christmas, so why not have a go at making your own and incorporating as many different seasonal elements as you'd like?' says Jess Martin, a decoration expert at Ginger Ray.
'Start with a plain wreath which you're able to add to and build out. Since the nights are drawing in, incorporating some foliage lighting will create magical warm hues in your porch. Then, incorporate some of the classic burnt red colors with an autumn foliage garland, which you can wrap and intertwine around the wreath,' she says.
Add pine cones, conkers, or flowers as a finishing touch. We've got more tips on how to make an autumn door wreath in our guide.
6. Decorate columns with corn
Running through corn mazes in the fall is practically a right of passage in the United States – we do have a lot of cornfields, after all. So, it's only fitting that you string up some corn stalks around columns on your front porch as autumnal decor.
No columns? No problem! Simply lean them up against your wall, though it might be wise to add some sort of anchor to the bottom – perhaps a pumpkin or two.
7. ..or, use Indian corn to dress up a door
Speaking of corn, these colorful ears are a great way to pep up fall front porch ideas and celebrate harvest season.
This eye-catching, ornamental variety is known as Indian corn. And as displayed here, they look great tied together to hang on a door, as a rustic alternative to a wreath.
Alternatively, string them up along your porch railings or windows.
8. Spruce it up for the season
You've heard of a spring clean, but how about a fall one? As Adam Pawson of Safestyle UK says, 'Before creating an autumnal entrance for your home, you'll want to do the right prep and give your door some extra TLC.
'Give your door a good clean and get it looking as smart as possible,' he says. Don't forget to sweep up any dirt and fallen leaves from the front step, too.
'For uPVC window frames, marks and stains should come off with ease,' adds Adam. 'Fill up a bowl with some warm water and washing-up liquid and use a soft white cloth to wipe down. Avoid using a colored cloth as the dye can stain plastic.'
Our guide on how to clean outdoor furniture may come in handy, too, for those who have porches with seating.
9. Keep it cozy with a rug
If you've got a large porch, an outdoor rug is a brilliant way to cozy it up and create an indoor-outdoor vibe. We're loving the hint of autumn in this design with its tones of ochre, red, and russet – perfect for enhancing fall outdoor living.
And, if you have a chair by your front door (a great way to watch the world go by), soft throws and cushions are a must to create a more inviting feel.
We're liking the addition of olive trees in this scene too. As they're evergreen, they'll hold their form even as the seasons turn, and they look fantastic framing a front door in galvanized pots.
10. Create an enchanting fall display
For many, one of the best bits about fall is Halloween. And there are plenty of opportunities to really get creative when it comes to Halloween porch decor.
But, you don't have to turn your home's entrance into a full-on scare-fest if that isn't your style. A couple of carved pumpkins are a happy medium (and there are plenty of pumpkin carving ideas to try), whilst this display has a subtly magical vibe without going overboard.
All it takes is a few twinkling lanterns, a vintage basket of pumpkins, a handful of potted plants and an old broom and you've got yourself an enchanting and on-theme vignette.
11. Paint your pumpkins
We get it – orange is a bold color. But if you're not a fan of the natural color of pumpkins, or if it simply doesn't match your other fall front porch ideas, there are other options.
Pumpkins are a perfect blank canvas for painting, so you can easily change up their color with some metallic paint.
Handwriting a welcoming message in your best calligraphy is another option for some show-stopping pumpkin painting ideas, or how about embracing a gothic theme by painting yours black?
12. Add a twinkling glow with lanterns
Outdoor lighting is an easy way to bring a welcoming atmosphere to your fall front porch ideas, whether that's string lights, wall lights, or lanterns.
'Add some extra warmth by going all out with ambient lighting and place some glass bottle lights around your entrance area,' says Jess Martin of Ginger Ray. 'These look magical at dusk and can be amped up even more with the addition of battery-powered candles dotted around them in some rustic tealight holders.'
13. Use hay bales to create a seasonal scheme
Fall is all about the harvest, so a front porch wouldn't be complete without a big old bale of hay. They're not just decorative – you can use a bale of hay as outdoor shelving.
It will provide you plenty of space to decorate with other autumnal objects, from pumpkins to decorative gourds. You can even throw a scarecrow in for good measure. Our guide on how to make a scarecrow has step-by-step tips.
14. Plaid it up
One of the easiest ways to change out your front porch decor with the seasons is to swap doormats every quarter.
As far as autumnal patterns go, plaid is the real deal. Sure, it might conjure up the notion of a cozy flannel shirt, but it also makes for a great statement rug – especially as the centerpiece of your front porch.
This rug works both indoors and outdoors, so you can actually use it all year round, if you so choose. We think it’d be perfect for a farmhouse-chic interior.
15. Line the steps with colorful blooms
Round out your pumpkin display with fall florals in autumnal hues like red, orange, and gold. Some of our favorite fall flowers include mums, pansies, rudbeckia, and sedums, all of which will thrive in planters in the cooler weather.
Don't have a green thumb? We won't tell anyone if you decide to go with some fake flowers instead. We're all about low-maintenance garden ideas when needed.
16. Go for ceramic pumpkins
Sure, real-life pumpkins are wonderful. But even if you follow our tips on how to stop pumpkins from rotting, eventually they'll start to decompose on your front porch. Avoid the messy situation by investing in some faux versions, like these ceramic pumpkins.
As a bonus, you can also use faux pumpkins indoors. And, of course, you can reuse them for years to come.
17. Try pumpkin pillows for a quick update
Taking a page out of the 'less is more' book, this idea is super subtle. Just take a pumpkin-printed cushion and set it on your front porch's outdoor seating.
We love the watercolor motif which provides just a touch of autumnal vibes. If you live in a warmer climate that doesn't quite have the full fall experience of sweater weather and changing leaves, this is a great option for you.
18. String up fall garlands
Did you think garlands were only for Christmas? Think again. Celebrate the autumn harvest with a robust fall garland like this one.
You can hang this garden decor around your door or wrap it around your columns, banisters, or the hand railings on your decking. Or, you can even use it indoors in your Thanksgiving tablescape. Garlands are surprisingly versatile, making them a great decorative item that you can use time and time again in entirely new ways.
What colors should you use for your fall front porch ideas?
'The classic autumn color palette of deep greens, oranges and burgundies will never be out of fashion and is a great place to start when thinking of giving your porch a seasonal spruce up,' says Jess Martin of Ginger Ray.
Emily Caloe, Senior Buyer for VonHaus Home and Garden, agrees. 'A great tip for achieving an autumnal theme in your porch is to use seasonal colors, such as beige, browns, and dark oranges in your furniture and decorations,' she says.
'Of course, with the autumn season comes darker nights,' Emily continues. 'So, consider adding autumnal hues to your lighting to give off a snug, warm feeling as soon as you set your eyes on the front of the house.
'Finally, small hanging plants and orange, pink and red flowers (real or fake) can help create a cozy space while adding a freshness that resembles the crisp autumn air,' she adds.
We also love a touch of metallic for adding a luxe feel to a fall garden color scheme – a lantern or gold-painted pumpkin, for instance.
What can you hang on your front door instead of an autumnal wreath?
Are wreaths not your style? There are other things you can hang on your front door to get it feeling seasonal.
Cute wooden signs, a basket of dried blooms, or even an old wagon wheel can add rustic charm, or how about a chalkboard so you can customize your welcome message day to day? You could also try hanging an antique-effect picture frame or a collection of pine cones attached to ribbons as a cute DIY fall decor idea – with a touch of creativity, the possibilities are endless!
The garden was always a big part of Holly's life growing up, as was the surrounding New Forest where she lived. Her appreciation for the great outdoors has only grown since then. She's been an allotment keeper, a professional gardener, and a botanical illustrator – plants are her passion.
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