On the lookout for some easy fall porch ideas? Of course you are, because now is the time of year when porch decor comes into its own. Sure you might add few spring flowers at Easter, and hang a wreath at Christmas, but fall is when you can really go to town.
We are stoked to don our cozy sweaters, sip hot apple cider and embrace pumpkin-spiced everything. But our favorite thing about this autumnal season is fall decorating ideas, for both inside and out with cozy, harvest touches. Your front porch is the ideal place to start as it’s the first port of call for visitors.
Decorating your porch doesn’t have to break the bank and it’s a great opportunity to create some curb appeal. Simple seasonal touches like cozy throws, textured cushions or seasonal vegetables can revamp your porch for fall.
A little seasonal refresh can create an inviting entry for friends and family when they come trick or treating, or for thanksgiving dinner. Whether you have a covered patio, wraparound, or a small foyer, we’ve rounded up some fabulous, budget-friendly fall porch decor ideas to give them all a warm welcome.
Whether you want to adorn your home with piles of pumpkin decorating ideas and Halloween decs, or keep it simple with an all white scheme, sprucing up your porch is a fun weekend activity and will be sure to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy.
So before you chuck a Jacko lantern on the step and have done with it, we've rounded up some really simple ideas that we have seen on Instagram (wow, people get into fall decor over there) plus some super affordable Amazon buys so you can get decorating.
Fall porch ideas
1. Warm and welcoming fall colors
If you want to go all out fall you can’t beat a classic color scheme to create a warm and inviting entry for your guests. Adorn your porch in garlands like this Coolmade Fall garland from Walmart, $15.99, wreaths, pumpkins and gourds in reds, yellows and oranges that complement the fall colors beyond. Bold Fall porch decor is great fun for all the family and is sure to impress the neighbors.
Lead stylist at overstock.com, Amber Dunford, recommends, ‘Warm colors such as oranges, reds, and mustard draw people in, so these can be ideal colors to introduce to your outdoor fall space. Try swapping out those color-blocked, brighter summer hues for a more fall based theme.’
2. Add metallic accents
If traditional fall colors are a little too orange for your liking, use neutral pumpkins with some rustic metallic accents for a more unique fall porch decor style. They're a decorative no-carve pumpkin idea.
You can create your own at home by spray painting leaves, pumpkins or berries. Add hay bales like these Way to Celebrate Harvest Decorative Straw Bale, $15.88 from Walmart, white chrysanthemums and dried grasses to complete the look.
3. Get cozy with rugs, throws and pillows
As the cool weather draws in, make your porch super warm and snug with cozy throws, pillows, blankets and rugs. We love this combination of patterns and textures in warm earthy tones - think wooly winter sweater for your porch!
Lead stylist at overstock.com, Amber Dunford, says, ‘Design with the five senses in mind. This is especially true during the Fall season since it is often a time we associate with scents and more tactile materials like fur, sherpa and flannel. Bring out sweater knit pillows and chunky throws to bundle up in around the deck.’
4. Make the most of fallen leaves
Don’t see Fall leaves as a nuisance to be swept away, instead use them to make lovely porch decorations without spending a cent.
Get foraging for some Fall beauties and display in a vase or basket, create a garland or wreath or you can simply scatter them artfully to accentuate your other Fall decor as Liz does on her gorgeous porch pictured here. You can learn how to make a Fall garland with our quick steps.
5. Adorn your porch with Fall blooms
So summer is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy beautiful flowers. A super simple Fall porch decorating idea is to adorn your porch in Fall-friendly 'mums.
Go for classic yellows and oranges or try something different. We love the whites and yellows Robbie has gone for in her Fall porch pictured.
6. Repurpose summer flowers
You don’t have to purchase loads of pumpkins and gourds to give your porch a Fall feel. Hold on to summer by drying your garden blooms to display year-round.
It is easy to do but take a look at these instructions from Gardeningetc's Teresa Conway before you get started. You can display preserved blooms in a vase or use them to create a garland or wreath to give your porch decor a unique look for Fall.
7. Switch out your doormat
Switching your doormat out to suit the season is a practical and inexpensive way to bring your porch into the Fall. There are loads of designs available to suit all budgets like this DII doormat from Amazon, $38, and to complement any porch idea.
We especially like the on-trend layering in this foyer. Add some plaid underneath your mat for extra Fall points and is perfect as a small porch idea.
8. DIY door decor
Sometimes store-bought garlands just aren’t good enough. Why not try creating your own unique door hanging or some reclaimed wood pumpkins?
We love this simple and stylish project from Gray House Studio. It’s great fun for kids and adults alike.
9. Layer seasonal cushions and miss-matched patterns
Mixing and matching geometric patterns is very on-trend and gives this porch a playful feel. Add some plaid and some splashes of Fall color to give a nod to the season without breaking the bank.
We love this stylish porch by MC Rustic Home. Owners, Nicole McClung & Demarie McCurdy say, ‘There is nothing better than the crisp air of Fall! It is our favorite time of year to decorate. We love to pull in the warm colors of nature into our Fall decorating.'
'We suggest picking a color scheme when you’re decorating your porch. Black and white is the base colors to my porch year round and I change it up seasonally by adding in new colors.'
'Look for the muted colors of Fall to incorporate into your look. Plums, orange/rust, deep reds, and greens are perfect colors to take your porch from September to November. Changing out planters to mums or other seasonal floral.'
'Swapping pillows to add a punch of Fall. Last but not least is getting a good Fall wreath to set the tone. It is after all, the first thing your guest will see approaching your home. Pillows, wreaths and floral are the easiest items to swap out season to season.’
Don't forget to your DIY Fall wreath too.
10. Say hello to Fall with stylish signage
Cute chalkboards and natural wooden signage are very on-trend this Fall. Store-bought welcome signs like this wooden welcome porch sign from Wayfair, $131.99 are an inexpensive way to spruce up your porch this Fall or, if you have time, you can easily make your own.
We love this cute ‘hello Fall’ chalkboard for a fun Fall touch.
11. Relax in a warm glow
Keep the summer vibes alive as the days are getting shorter. Lounge out on the porch throughout Fall by adding beautiful lights and candles in a addition to your porch light. We love these globe string lights on this cozy porch. Choose warm red light, (rather than cold blue), to give your porch a nice welcoming Fall glow.
Lead stylist at overstock.com, Amber Dunford, suggests, ‘With the natural light going away earlier in the Fall months, it’s nice to bring in some low lighting to draw people into a space and help it feel cozy. String lighting transitions well from dusk to night and sets the right ambiance for a gathering space. Lanterns and candles can also be a nice way to bring in a light source and they provide a warm flicker that humans are instinctively drawn to.’
These Hampton Bay clear string lights from Home Depot will look just the part.
12. Extend al fresco dining through Fall
Introduce some warm earthy tones to give your outdoor dining area a subtle Fall feel. If you live in warmer climes, why not enjoy Thanksgiving dinner out on the porch. We love these copper mule mugs, homely candles and cozy rug. The chalkboard adds a real welcoming Fall touch too.
13. Elegant fun for little Trick or Treaters
If the kids want to decorate the porch for Fall, it doesn’t have to end up looking like a chaotic mishmash of jack-o'-lanterns.
14. Repaint the front door
If you’re not super into Halloween pumpkins all over your porch, but you would like a fresh look for the season, try repainting the door with our guide to painting doors.
We love this super simple Fall porch with an inviting red door. Use warm reds, oranges and yellows to complement nature’s Fall colors. Just add one little pumpkin and your porch is Fall-ready.
15. Lean a broom
This is such a simple and effective Fall porch decor idea. Popping a broom out on the porch gives the space a fun hint of Halloween without feeling tacky or breaking the bank. The natural materials can accompany just about any porch color scheme.
16. Go for a minimalist look with your fall porch
Don't worry, we will get to all the over the top pumpkin mountain porches, but we really like this simple, pared back porch decor idea.
If you like the idea of adding something seasonal to your front door but want it to stay in keeping with your minimalist style, stick to a very neutral color palette and add interest with textures instead.
A simple wreath, wicker pumpkins and a large vase of dried flowers, plus a scattering of candles is all you need to deck your porch out for the fall. You could even try a pumpkin vase idea and add dried flowers.
17. Pile up the pumpkins (artfully)
You can't go wrong with simply piling up the pumpkins on your porch especially on the run up to Halloween. Well, we say pile, there is, of course, a very fine art to placing your pumpkins.
When you go the patch (or the store) pick up a range of shapes, sizes and colors, then group them together on your steps, larger ones at the edges and dot small ones between them.
Learn how to carve a pumpkin like a pro or you could also paint your pumpkins to break up all that orange – how cute are the little checkered ones here?
18. Add some eucalyptus into your porch decor
This is a great Halloween decorating idea if you live in warmer climes. It's modern, simple but still has a season feel to it.
Stick to decorating with cooler colors, rather than the classic oranges and just pop a eucalyptus wreath on the door and arrange white pumpkins around your doorstep. You can find these white pumpkins in most stores but you could also buy fake ones that you can bring out year after year.
19. Create a rustic vibe on your front porch
This fall porch idea would work all year round, you could just add in elements to change it slightly with the seasons.
To get this rustic, farmhouse look, you want to cluster together pots and planters, the older the better – have a look on eBay for things like old milk cans and pails. Give it at fall twist by adding the odd small pumpkin and hanging a wreath.
20. Turn seasonal veggies into decorations
What a cute easy porch decor idea; fill up some zinc planters with pumpkins, squashes and marrows.
Fill the majority of the planter with scrunched up papers, wood or bricks so you get some height then arrange the veggies on top. Add in a hay bale and the look is complete.
21. Make a porch an extension of your lounge
If your porch is big enough to cope with a few pieces of furniture, just keep those pieces to a minimum.
All you need to make your porch feel like an extension of your lounge is some seating and possibly a small table for perching a coffee. A compact swing seat works well in smaller porches because they are off the floor, allowing light to flow around it so it won't look too bulky.
Decorate your fall porch with cozy pillows and throws so even if the space does feel a bit crowded, it just adds to the intimate feel.
22. Small porch? You can still decorate for fall
No matter how small your porch, you can always squeeze in some fall decor. With a smaller porch, we would say keep things simple, a scattering of small pumpkins and some orange foliage could be all you need to give the space a fall makeover.
If you have seating on your porch, switch out the soft furnishings on that too for some more autumnal hues.
23. Pick a neutral color scheme
All that black and orange just not just your vibe? You can still go to town with the fall decor, just stick to a color palette that matches your home.
'Zombie' pumpkins are everywhere this year – they sound odd but they are grey pumpkins that look so cool paired with the ever-popular white ones.
How do I decorate my porch for Fall?
Essentially Fall porch decor is all about creating a warm, cozy, inviting space. We like to use warmer colors and layer up snug textures by adding chunky knitted blankets, wooly throws and tactile cushions. Tastefully display a pumpkin or two and you are on to a winner.
We asked home decor expert Stephanie Lindsey, of Etch Design Group how to decorate a porch for Fall. She says ‘Fall is all about coziness, about welcoming people back to the home, and the best way to achieve a look that invites guests to gather is to keep it simple. Use natural elements like pumpkins and display them at varying heights. There are so many varieties, that it's easy to choose colors that pop against your doors and exterior hue.’
How do you decorate the outside of a house for Fall?
While the front porch is a great place to start, you can also decorate for fall on a budget by placing garlands around windows, pumpkins on balconies or candles on steps. Keep your front yard in good shape and make the most of beautiful Fall trees to give your place extra curb appeal. You can find out how to make a fall garland with these easy steps.
Home & garden blogger and lover of all things Fall, Mary Jane Duford, of homefortheharvest.com, advises, ‘While the front porch is often the center of Fall curb appeal, don’t neglect the rest of the front yard. A great Fall front porch is generally surrounded by well-kept deciduous trees gently shedding their gorgeous red and gold autumn leaves. Keep evergreen hedges nicely trimmed and remove any dead branches from trees and shrubs. Early Fall is also a great time to lay down grass seed if there are any patchy spots on the lawn.’
Additional words by Hebe Hatton