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I absolutely love decorating for fall. It beats out every other season by far. You can find inspiration to decorate all around you. It’s fun, it can be incredibly simple, and it’s downright gorgeous.
We have an amazingly large front porch at our house. Plenty of room for some beautiful rockers, or a farmhouse swing. Big massive planters overflowing with chrysanthemums. A massive blank slate ready for all the decor I can possibly throw at it.
But, like I shared on facebook the other day. My plans usually don’t pan out into reality. We’ve lived here for two years and I’m just now starting to wet my feet when it comes to renovating and decorating, to be honest. I am passionate about beautiful design and decor, it just hasn’t flowed in a while. I think having a baby and losing my mom last year had a lot to do with it.
Now, I’m ready. I have so many ideas and so much to share with you as we transform our simple little ranch into the beautiful home we imagine it can be. So, why not start with some simple fall decor for your porch? It can be as simple as adding a few pumpkins and gourds or a huge undertaking, you can decide.
How to Decorate Your Porch for Fall
I am a huge fan of muted tones and farmhouse style. I love halloween and we make jack-o-lanterns every year. But, I really, really enjoy just beautiful, plain pumpkins and other various squash and gourds. If you prefer the bright oranges and reds that fall affords, go for it!
Add some chrysanthemums
I have to be honest. I used to absolutely hate mums. I thought they were ugly, for some reason. Then, I realized that a few beautiful white mums really brightens up your porch and adds beauty that you can’t have with other flowers (because they’re all dormant by now).
Mums will add color, if you choose, and beautiful blooms to your front porch for about a month and a half. If you plant mums in the spring in large containers, and use a bit of work, they will bloom longer and come back year after year. But, you have to be diligent.
Pumpkins from the local patch
I love visiting the local pumpkin patch. We go every year and pick out the kids jack-o-lanterns for the year. I also try to grow a few pumpkins here on our little farm, but so far I’ve only had one grow…. Apparently, I need to work on my pumpkin growing skills.
Not only do pumpkins add a beautiful fall touch to your front porch (or indoors), when you buy them local you’re supporting an amazing, local farm that worked hard to grow those beautiful squash for you to enjoy!
I really, really enjoy the heirloom white pumpkins, but we also use orange and sometimes even blue and green. It amazes me the beautiful colors that pumpkins grow in when I used to always think they were all orange. The more you know….
Go apple picking
Another way to support your local farms and have fun. Go to the apple orchard and pick a ton. Bring them home to make into delicious treats, like this amazing apple pie ice cream and use a few to decorate.
A trick for using apples to decorate if you’re putting them in planters or baskets is to fill about 3/4ths of the container with a towel, plastic sacks, or newspaper. Then, just pile the apples or whatever you’re putting in them, on top. That way, you’re not trying to fill an entire bucket with apples and you can enjoy them for food as well as decor.
Galvanized containers are fun
Whether you fill them with your produce, use them as planters, or just tip them over with a bit of leaves coming out, galvanized containers are great pieces of decor any time of year.
I like to use them as planters, and fill a few up with apples or small pumpkins to decorate with. You can a lot of times find used ones at the local flea markets and antiques shops. But, if you can’t, you can buy new and age them. Stay tuned for how I age my new galvanized containers… it’s really easy.
Add a wreath to the door
I really like wreaths. The simple wheat wreaths like this one are really beautiful and simple pieces you can add and use for several different seasons. I really enjoy the burlap wreaths and this year I made this one specifically for Halloween.
I will most likely trade it out for a simple grapevine or wheat wreath next month. But for now we have this hanging out on the front door and I love it. It was really simple to make and my girls enjoyed the project as well.
Add some pillows or throws
It amazes me what a difference a couple of pillows or throws can do for a space and your porch is no exception. If you’re lucky enough to have space for a few chairs or a swing, add a couple of pillows to them. A really nice thing is to just put different cases on the pillows for each season. I really like this one and this one.
You could also add a couple cozy buffalo check throws to the seating area of your porch. Unfortunately, we do not have a covered front porch, so only outdoor throw pillows will do for us in this climate. But, that’s okay. We get a lot of rain, but pillows will hold up fairly well for a couple of seasons, generally.
Spruce up your welcome mat
I like to make our own welcome mats. With just a blank outdoor rug like this one and painting them with stencil to say what I want. Whether you use the same welcome mat all year, or use a different one with each changing season. They’re a fun, easy way to add some beauty, and a welcoming touch to your entrance.
Light the space with a few old lanterns
Or new lanterns. Whatever you choose. I like the old-style lanterns that you can find in the flea markets, but I also love the newer ones like this one that you can find at the local craft shops. The newer lanterns I like to make removable decals for and change the decor each season.
Whether you add just a few or you add several, you can light the way with a few simple led candles. Or, just let them sit, unlit and add a bit of rustic charm to the porch anyway.
When it comes to decorating for fall, your imagination is the limit. I hope my ideas inspire you to create a welcoming and beautiful front porch for autumn this year.