55 Best Fall Porch Decorating Ideas

It’s finally autumn, and we are so pumped for sweater weather, hayrides, pumpkin recipes—and of course fall decorating ideas for both inside and out. Because everyone loves a house with impeccable curb appeal, we’re starting with the front porch to create the ultimate warm welcome for friends, family, and neighbors.

Your fall porch decor can be as simple as a pretty fall wreath that spruces up your front door. Take it to the next level by draping a garland around a window or hanging bunting to match your color scheme. Stacks of pumpkins are always a classic autumnal touch, but fall is also an ideal time to pull out all the stops with gourds, hay bales, corn husks, fall mums, and more. Trot out stacks of plaid throw blankets in fall hues to cover rocking chairs, benches, porch swings, and sofas, and pile on outdoor pillows for added comfort and color. And we adore a chalkboard sign for friendly messages and fall quotes—now that makes for a warm welcome!

Whether you have a cottage with a small stoop or a farmhouse with a large wraparound porch, whether you’re up for a little decorating or a lot, get inspired by this list of the prettiest and best fall porch decorating ideas to try this season.

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A country classic—vintage French grain sacks—inspires a simple and rustic embellishment for fall pumpkin stacks. Display on the porch, maybe next to a bench with pillows covered in grain sacks, to create a warm fall welcome.

To make: Simply Mod Podge striped ribbon either vertically or horizontally around white pumpkins. Display stacked on pumpkins, benches, or stools.

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Perch Pumpkins on Crocks

This simple porch display just screams fall! Decorate the front steps or stoop with a menagerie of flat, wide pumpkins and mums perched on crocks.

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Go for a Clean, Modern Look

With a deep wraparound porch no doubt spacious enough to pack in all the fall decorating ideas on this list, these homeowners opted for a spare approach to the season. A pair of chartreuse plantings that echo the paint color of the front door flank the steps. Groups of comfortable seating, including a hammock, provide a place to linger and enjoy the crisp, fall weather.

SHOP ROPE HAMMOCKS

Even though this is actually a back porch, we love every one of these ideas for fall front porch decor: cozy plaid blankets and pillows, lanterns with glowing candles, an oversize grapevine wreath, fall flower arrangements, and of course, pumpkins!

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For a Tiny Stoop, Less Is More

Wide front steps dotted with potted evergreens and orange pumpkins give this log cabin’s entrance just the right amount of presence and charm. At night, string lights illuminate the space. We especially love the rusty old bike, at right, that carries a wooden planter to hold seasonal blooms all year long.

SHOP METAL PLANTERS

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Switch It Up with a Neutral Palette

Crisp whites with pops of bright blue and muted oranges is a fresh, sophisticated color scheme for this time of year. Paper oak leaves glued to leafless branches create a dramatic window swag. Display white mums in bushel baskets and stack heirloom pumpkins on an array of colorful shaker boxes.

SHOP BUSHEL BASKETS

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Step Up Containers with Fall Blooms

At this California board-and-batten cottage, stone porch steps wrap the entire house and provide the perfect perch for clusters of fall blooms in terra-cotta pots. A throw blanket for cool California nights and a pair of pumpkins rest on a simple bench under the window.

Related: Pretty Fall Flowers to Add Color to Your Autumn Garden

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A Little Goes a Long Way

This cute little porch, with built-in benches, doesn’t need much to make it festive. An oversize wreath hangs on the top portion of a charming Dutch door, while the benches get a soft accent from pillows.

SHOP PUMPKINS

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Swap Mums for Cabbages

Fall cabbages tucked into the landscaping and planters with patina are a nice change from the season’s ever-popular mums. A wreath of dried flowers hung on the happy gold door and pumpkins scattered casually below makes for an effortless fall look.

SHOP AGED METAL PLANTERS

The orange paint on this log cabin’s front door provides an easy jumping off point for other design decisions, like the matching pillows on the natural wood Adirondack chairs. An oversize tobacco basket between the windows and bright mums planted in galvanized buckets finish off the look.

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Make a Tobacco Basket Door Hanger

Nothing says fall like orange, yellow, and hunter green. Add gourds and magnolia leaves to a tobacco basket for a seasonal wreath. A magnolia garland, accented with dried bittersweet berries, frames the window. Line the steps with tree stumps topped with classic pumpkins and vintage lanterns.

SHOP TOBACCO BASKETS

If you are lucky enough to have a double-decker porch, be sure to add fall touches to both spaces. Grapevine wreaths with swaths of orange and yellow flowers adorn the doors. Cozy striped blankets are perfect for wrapping up with when rocking away on cool nights, while lanterns filled with candles offer soft, romantic light.

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Go big or go home, right?! This gracious covered porch packs it all in, with multiple stacks of pumpkins, a plethora of mums, plenty of plaid fall blankets and pillows, and an oversize wreath made from pecans.

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No need to look any further that the backyard for pretty fall-colored foliage. Branches of colorful maple leaves and sprigs of dried flowers are all it takes to glam up the front porch.

SHOP METAL BUCKETS

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Make an Autumn Garland

Drape a garland (this one is made from natural grapevine with seeded eucalyptus, olive branches, and preserved pink berries wired into it) over the porch window. Accent with white pumpkins and olive buckets.

SHOP GRAPEVINE GARLAND

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Add Accents to the Native Plants

Lush greenery grows all year long on this beautiful South Carolina porch, so all it takes to gussy up this scene for fall is a scattering of pumpkins and seasonal plants, like black-eyed Susans.

SHOP TERRA COTTA POTS

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Use Bright Colors that Pop

Chile ristras add a bright red pop of color to this New Mexico porch. No yellow bike? Try using golden-hued mums instead.

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Decorate with Corn Husks

Add some serious seasonal curb appeal with these easy autumn DIY projects.

For the garland: Cut a piece of ½-inch jute rope to your desired length (add a few extra inches to get the drapey effect at the top) and attach corn husks and silks with a hot-glue gun. (You can also use tamale wrappers.)

For the wreath: Start with a flat-wire 18-inch frame. Hot-glue corn husks (roughly 18) and corncobs (roughly 9) in an alternating pattern. Fray the ends of the corn husks to add dimension.

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Add Contrasting Colors

Hints of bright orange contrast perfectly with the bright blue door of this New Mexico entryway. A driftwood wreath adds rustic flair.

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You Can’t Have Too Many Pumpkins

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Pretty Up the Front Porch

No need to break the bank for this simple look—you probably already own most of these materials.

If you have a wooden ladder: Display a cozy blanket on each rung.

If you have a grapevine wreath: Dress it (or a pair) up by nesting nuts and apples in the lower half, then hang with 3-inch-wide burlap ribbon.

If you have a bushel basket: Repurpose it as a rustic planter, or use it to corral outdoor items.

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This Connecticut porch uses up every bit of space with a giant wreath, a variety of gourds, and throw blankets draped over rocking chairs.

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Create a Rustic Cabin Welcome

With architecture like this, it doesn’t take much to make the porch sing. Here, a trail of flower shop pumpkins and a few white mums do the trick.

SHOP FAUX PUMPKINS

This cotton wreath is the first thing that stole our hearts about blogger Eden Passante’s front porch. But the lush arrangement of dried reeds and flowers is equally captivating.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

SHOP COTTON WREATHS

Give your outdoor bar cart more time to shine this fall by stashing pumpkins and gourds on each shelf. Add more flair by interspersing a bit of greenery.

See more at Home Stories A to Z.

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Create a Cozy Seating Area

Make your porch bench or swing the ideal spot for relaxing in the crisp fall weather by piling on cozy pillows and blankets. Pumpkins, flowers, and personalized vintage finds add the perfect finishing touches.

See more at Liz Marie Blog.

SHOP CABLE KNIT THROWS

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Style a Fall Crate Display

Create a place to tuck in fall plants and pumpkins by stacking a few wooden crates. Align them however you please, then line with the bottom with hay.

See more at Gray House Studio.

SHOP WOOD CRATES

Symmetry is an easy way to create order, especially when you’re dealing with lots of materials. Here, cornstalks, pumpkins in many colors, and white mums flank this entrance while a charming door wreath hangs in the middle. Note the mini pumpkins lining the topiaries!

See more at Modern Glam.

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Go Bright and Metallic

Plain orange pumpkins are classic, but you can also brighten up your front steps with cascades of copper, off-white, and gray. Bonus points if you have lanterns on hand that are fit to match.

See more at Sanctuary Home Decor.

SHOP COPPER LANTERNS

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Personalize Your Pumpkins

Make sure guests know they’re at the right house by personalizing a pair of pumpkins with your family’s name or house number. Pick a pumpkin and paint pen color to coordinate with your overall color scheme.

See more at Julie Blanner.

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This blogger dressed up a teal post (which stays put as a year-round porch staple), with a bountiful fall wreath and faux pumpkins that can be brought out year after year.

See more at Crafting Chicks.

We don’t know which part of this porch setup we love more—the black and white plaid rug, the graphic sign, or the rustic galvanized wreath.

See more at Tatertots and Jello.

SHOP PLAID RUGS

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Place an Entry Table Outside

No need to scour the craft store for pretty outdoor fall signage—these bloggers provided a free printable version of this adorable chalkboard-inspired message. Prop it up beside your front door, or let it hang above a pumpkin-adorned table.

See more at Lolly Jane.

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Make a Cozy Nest for Outdoor Gatherings

Plaid pillows and blankets not only add a cozy look to your porch, but they’ll also keep you warm on those chilly autumn nights.

See more at Inspired by Charm.

SHOP PLAID PILLOWS

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Embrace Pretty Pastels

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Complement Orange with Soft Green and Cream

As seen here in the mums, pumpkins, and pillows, orange is decidedly the official color of fall. It looks particularly nice against the greens and creams shown here.

See more at Yellow Prairie Interiors.

SHOP ORANGE PILLOWS

This blogger didn’t let her farmhouse’s small porch stop her from decorating for fall. Instead, she made good use of the space she does have by lining her steps with bundles of mums and pumpkins.

See more at Serendipity Refined.

SHOP BUSHEL BASKETS

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Turn Pumpkins into a House Number Display

Stack pumpkins in a basket and glue on your house number for a creative topiary that will have your neighbors saying, “Well, isn’t that cute?!” Secure them with liquid nails, if desired.

See more at At The Picket Fence.

SHOP PLANTERS

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Make Use of What’s Already There

If your porch is always adorned in furniture, transform it for fall with a few quick updates. This porch swing went from a summer hangout spot to a cozy autumn retreat, thanks to plush pillows and a tartan throw.

See more at Stone Gable.

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Display Thrift Store Finds

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Step Up Your Harvest Display

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Hand-Paint a Pumpkin Crate

These cheerful pumpkins were made to be in the spotlight. Spell out “fall” using marquee light letters on pumpkins displayed near your front door. Or, if you have a short last name, put in lights, too!

See more at Kara’s Party Ideas.

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Craft a Cozy Outdoor Pillow

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When in Doubt, Add More Gourds

Stack pumpkins of different shapes and sizes on top of each other to make the most out of a small space. Tuck in faux leaves in fall colors for a layered look.

See more at Craftberry Bush.

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Easily Transition to Halloween

The House of Hawthornes blogger’s fall decor is set up so that come Halloween, the update is easy. Just tuck in a few jack-‘o-lanterns and crows into a the existing vignette for a spooky vine. She suggests starting your hunt at the dollar store to keep things budget-friendly.

See more at House of Hawthornes.

SHOP METAL BUCKETS

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Greet Visitors with a ‘Happy Fall Y’all’ Sign

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Fill Olive Buckets with Seasonal Blooms

The summer days of tending to your garden may be dwindling, but garden lovers rejoice: Thanks to their late growing season, mums are the perfect floral for fall. Flank your door with olive buckets (search Etsy to find ’em) stuffed with these bright flowers.

See more at On Sutton Place.

SHOP OLIVE BUCKETS

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Repurpose a Little Red Wagon


Amy Mitchell is the managing editor at Country Living Magazine.

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