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42 Elevated Fall Porch Decor Ideas to Try This Fall

Sometimes a store-bought wreath just won't cut it.

By Hadley Mendelsohn and Alyssa Longobucco
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David Tsay

We believe decorating your home should be fun, and that philosophy isn't limited to what's inside the walls. Putting up fall porch decor is one of our favorite ways to refresh your home's curb appeal. Sprucing up your porch isnever a wasted effort, but that's especially true during the autumn months when holidays are gearing up and guests seem to be coming and going every weekend. With just a bit of creativity and effort, you can transform your entryway and front porch into a welcoming fall scene that thrills goblins, ghouls, and even your in-laws. (Just kidding.)

Naturally, the best fall porch decor ideas incorporate beautiful fall blooms, a welcoming front door, and seasonal accents, whether that means a well-placed witch's broom or a gaggle of gourds. But before you snag the first cute fall wreath you see, consider your decorating style and the amount of time and effort you want to put into designing (and maintaining) a fall front porch. Do you want decor you can leave up all season with only minimal adjustments for Halloween and Thanksgiving? A big pile of pumpkins in subtle colors will lay the perfect foundation. If you can't wait for Halloween to arrive, go ahead and deck out your front porch with a flock of swooping bats, then add more scary touches as the holiday gets closer.

Whether you want to go all out for harvest time with pumpkins and bales of hay or opt for something more minimal and modern, like simple lanterns and hardy chrysanthemums, these fall porch decor ideas will surely steer you in the right direction. Enlist these 42 ideas to help you get your porch ready for fall.

1

Encourage Mixing and Mingling

cider station fall decor
Cottages and Bungalows Mag

If you have big plans for hosting this fall, set up your front porch to become an extension of your kitchen or dining room—a spot where guests naturally hang out. A simple yet charming setup, like this adorable cider station, will allow guests to enjoy each other's company and a spot of warm apple cider.

2

Add a Gaggle of Ghouls

fall front porch with bats and painted ghost pumpkins
Jenna Sue Design

Nailing your Halloween porch decor is all about coming up with a design that's equal parts spooky and chic. Here, creator Jenna Sue relied on vinyl bats and a collection of pumpkins—all painted to resemble ghosts—to set the scene for eerie celebrations. The more, the spookier.

3

Illuminate Your Entry

fall front porch with pumpkins and candlelight
Sincerely Marie Designs

Fact: Everything looks better in candlelight. There's just something about soft, flickering flames that add a romantic—and slightly eerie—touch to a fall front porch. Here, Sincerely Marie Designs turned to carved-out apples and bitsy tea lights to create a head-turning floating candle display.

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4

Create a Cozy Lounge

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Musings by Madison

Nothing's better than a crisp fall afternoon spent bundled up a warm cup of cider and a good book. Set the scene for just such an occasion with traditional fall accents like mums, ornamental grasses, and cornstalks, as Musings by Madison did here. The plaid blanket is another welcome addition.

5

Encourage Leaf Peeping

fall front porch with mums and rocking chairs
Classy Girls Wear Pearls

Fall is all about enjoying outdoor time before winter sends us into hibernation mode. To encourage fresh-air relaxation, make sure your outdoor space has plenty of seating. Four rocking chairs—draped with matching plaid blankets—welcome all comers to this porch by Classy Girls Wear Pearls to sit awhile.

6

Pile on the Pumpkins

fall front porch with heirloom pumpkins from studio mcgee
Studio McGee

One or two pumpkins are great—but 10 or 20 are even better. For a statement-making porch this season, go big with your pumpkin display. Here, Studio McGee grouped dozens of heirloom pumpkins in different shapes, sizes, and colors for a chic farmhouse scene.

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7

Add Some Statement Blooms

fall door decor brooksideprojectleanneford
Erin Kelly

If your home boasts an all-white exterior, consider adding a simple pop of color to your fall decor. Set out two large planters filled with seasonal orange or brown plants, like the hydrangea flanking the front door of this bungalow designed by Leanne Ford. They're the perfect size for making a statement.

8

Incorporate a Cheeky Touch

fall front porch new york city
Habitually Chic

We have good news: Halloween doesn't have to be scary if you don't want to it be—in fact, it can be downright cheeky! Instead of going for a jump scare with your fall porch decor, aim for laughs by having a bit of playful fun with skeletons. Case in point? This New York City property, which garners giggles thanks to faux skeletons that can be seen lounging, hanging out, and scaling the building.

9

Lean Into Orange

orange fall porch decor
THOMAS LOOF

It's no secret that orange is the MVP color of fall, so going bold with juicy pops of the hue is a great way to usher your exterior into the season. Go all out with orange lantern sconces, cushions, blankets, and rugs, like on this front porch designed by Amanda Lindroth, or keep it more simple with a new throw or pillow.

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10

Double Up on Your Decor

fall front porch with pumpkins and wreaths
ReFabbed

A double-wide entryway calls for double the fall decor! Here, creator Brooke from ReFabbed made a seasonal statement with not one but two oversized wreaths on her front doors, accented by a mirrored trail of pumpkins and mums on either side.

11

Layer Tablecloths

porch with circle table and brown chairs
SIMON UPTON

For an easy seasonal upgrade, dress your porch dining table with two tablecloths that are reminiscent of the season. Here, a red and white plaid tablecloth underneath a more universal cream tablecloth creates a unique look that begs you to linger with your cozy morning coffee.

12

Add a Flock of Bats

fall front porch decor with paper bats
The Ma Times

Good news: This next idea could not be cuter—or easier! For a subtle-yet-spooky Halloween touch, creator Marianne of The Ma Times hung up a camp of paper bats around her front porch—along with a few eerie skulls and one very ominous crow.

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13

Repurpose Summer Florals

front door decor for fall
Mike Garten

A metallic floral wreath complements dried hydrangeas beautifully. We love how the latter is a sustainable way to add florals and get a second life out of your summer favorites. Don't miss the welcome mat—it ties the pale orange and lavender hues together.

14

Balance Out the Summery Vibes

front porch decor for fall
David A. Land

Any porch can look fall-ready with the right decor. Though the cushions and carpet here are a nice coastal blue, the hanging plants and orange foliage give the space a cozy autumnal atmosphere, while string lights add an intimate glow.

15

Add an Evening Glow

fall front porch decor with bistro lights and candles
Modern Glam

Come fall, the sun sets earlier, which can seriously infringe on your outdoor hang time. To help combat this, string up bistro lights, as Modern Glam did here. Not only will they add a soft and welcoming glow to your space, but they're a great way to ensure you can enjoy your porch after dusk.

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16

Spotlight Foliage

modern house front door entrance
Haris Kenjar

Let the foliage do all the talking. This sleek, modern home designed by Ore Studios opts for ultra-simple florals (see the branches in the vase) to let the gorgeous Puget Sound backdrop shine. A few red accents inside echo the autumn leaves beautifully.

17

Take Cues From the Farm

simple front porch with apple accents
Boxwood Avenue

For a front porch that is simple, charming, and seasonal, look no further than this example from Boxwood Avenue. The designer turned to several hallmarks of fall—many of which can be found at your local farm or orchard—to bring a festive touch to her front porch. Our favorite part? The bushel of apples waiting to be made into a crisp.

18

Add Colorful Furniture

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Country Living

Update your front porch in the most budget-friendly way possible by painting thrifted wicker chairs a bright, happy red. You can then add a ton of pumpkins (bonus points if you use apple crates as a pedestal) and hang your fall wreath with a bright ribbon, as seen on the front porch at Pearson Farm.

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19

Hit Up the Flea Market

fall front porch decor vintage and flea market
Liz Marie Blog

Consider this scene from Liz Marie Blog your permission not to buy anything new for your front porch this fall. Instead of hitting up a home goods store, the creator combed local flea markets and antique fairs for patina-packed picks including an old scale, a vintage trunk, and antique farm equipment.

20

Frame a Window

front porch with swing and orange door decorated for fall
BRIAN WOODCOCK

Make an exterior window pop by draping a fall garland around the frame. A plaid throw on the porch swing invites guests to lounge, while tree stump side tables offer a rustic spot to stash a sip.

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