15 Fabulous Front Porches to Take You Through Fall
With fall in full swing, we decided to check out how some of our favorite design bloggers are celebrating the season. Find inspiration with the colors, textures, natural elements and fun, found objects each has incorporated into their welcoming front porch.
Photo By: Kelly Wilkness of My Soulful Home
Photo By: Laurie Dickson
Photo By: Laurie Dickson
Photo By: Leslie Davis
Photo By: Taryn Whiteaker
Photo By: Elaine Hargrove
Photo By: Aniko Levai
Photo By: Aniko Levai
Photo By: Julie Fiato
Photo By: Fotini Roman
Photo By: Jane Windham
Photo By: Sarah Macklem
Photo By: Jennifer Hadfield
Photo By: Angela Neese Rathbun
Photo By: Jo-Anna Rooney
"I designed the foundational elements, such as the wicker sofa, chairs and tables with function and comfort foremost in mind. Those pieces are the 'bones' of the look and don’t change," says Kelly Wilkness of My Soulful Home. "Once you have the foundational 'bones' in place, layer on the comfort with pillows, throws and maybe an ottoman."
With the furniture in place, Kelly can easily and inexpensively swap out accessories for the seasons. "I used drop cloths that I made into drapes to further delineate the space making it more cozy and room-like," she says. "Vintage pieces always lend character and a unique quality to a space. On my porch, the chippy birdcage and lion statuary fill that role."
A Light-Bulb Moment
Getting creative with pumpkins and other natural elements, Laurie Dickson of Vin'yet Etc created a one-of-a-kind fall vignette we adore. "While out for a walk one evening, I noticed some beautiful ivy growing on a fence. The berries on that ivy caught my attention. I knew the contrast of the dark berries against the white pumpkins would be very lovely," says Laurie.
"I wanted to balance the pumpkin centerpiece and the beautiful green oak leaves with vintage-like Edison lights and decided to use a birch bark log to suspend the wired lights from it. I then added the angle to create movement," Laurie says.
Laurie’s autumn front porch is also an inviting place to cuddle up and enjoy the season. "I wanted to create a cozy zone for drinking my morning coffee, for relaxing and taking in the beautiful crisp fall weather," she says.
"Don't be afraid to use things in different ways to create the space you need," Laurie says. "I think using the textured wicker basket and flipping it upside down to use it as an end-table makes this space functional and unique."
When creating your own fall front porch, Laurie suggests thinking in "activity zones" — sitting, eating, relaxing — and creating those spaces as you would inside of your home.
"I was inspired by the existing landscaping around the porch," says Leslie Davis of Paper Daisy Design. "When the maple tree just outside the front door changes colors, it becomes a vibrant crimson color. I wanted to highlight the purples and deep reds and work with the ivory tones of the brick, too."
"I love a pulled together look that coordinates with your house and landscape," Leslie says. "Consider what fall looks like in your region or yard, and mimic it for a more natural design. We have three mature magnolia trees in the front yard and the use of the magnolia leaves in the wreaths seems right at home."
Rustic Meets Metallic
"I have a very rustic-modern style, and that includes using a more neutral palette that incorporates a lot of texture," says Taryn Whiteaker. "When it comes to decorating our porch for fall, I stick to white pumpkins and more natural textures like corn stalks and wood accents. I want it to feel natural yet elegant and also make a big impact. For this particular look, since the colors were very muted, I added a few pops of metallic to help keep the eye moving across the design."
"I think the muted tones make this porch very unique. I see so many porches with bright orange and red and really traditional fall colors. Those are all beautiful, but this gives fall a completely different look," Taryn says.
A Farmhouse Feel
"I love combining natural elements with vintage pieces," says Elaine Hargrove of House of Hargrove. "The old door, barn-wood pumpkins and ladder, combined with live pumpkins and cornstalk, create the farmhouse blend I love."
"Vintage pieces add character that makes any space unique. When you are looking to decorate your porch, look for things you love, and work those into your design," Elaine says. "They don't all have to be 'fall items.' Make a beautiful space you love, and then add fall touches!"
Aniko Levai of Place of My Taste likes to keep things neat and simple for her inviting fall porch. "Keep your front porch decor simple with colorful mums, planters and pumpkins. Use a specific color combo that goes well with your front door color," she says.
Here, the little details make the difference, from the watering can and aqua planters to the cute pair of rain boots placed just so on the doormat. A burlap bow is a terrific textural element to a radiant wreath of colorful leaves, berries and pine cones.
Aniko’s hand-painted boho wheelbarrow, with hardy mums and finished with feathers, is a new fall-decor favorite of ours. "I had so much fun creating this bohemian wheelbarrow for my front porch. It was easy, and I truly love how unique it is with the hand-painted feathers. Using this wheelbarrow is great way to display mums instead of putting them into a regular planter," Aniko says.
Pull Up a Seat
After Julie Fiato of Redhead Can Decorate painted a brown bench red, she was itching for opportunities to decorate (and redecorate!). "I knew it would be fun to style it for fall and create a cozy nest right beside our front porch so it would get some extra attention," says Julie.
"I am a lover of textures that give off a warm, cozy vibe. The furry pillow and the black and white checkered fabric add that rustic farmhouse look. I also love to add natural elements such as the apples, mums and, of course, we’ve got to have pumpkins!"
Finds for Fall
"I wanted to embrace the warm tones of fall in my design," says Fotini Roman of Farmhouse Chic. "I love the rich ambers and gold hues and the fullness of the mums."
Set alongside the mums, corn stalks, gourds and Lola the dog are two of Fotini’s favorite treasures: "my sweet galvanized jack-o-lanterns!" Though her Halloween canisters are a lucky vintage find, you can get the look by painting faces on galvanized metal cans you find in your own local antique and thrift shops.
"I had always admired [a friend’s grapevine tree], so I thought I'd make one. I really love its rustic quality," says Jane Windham of Cottage at the Crossroads. "The painted pinecone garland around the front door has been up since last Christmas, so I added some burlap leaves to make it look more like fall. The antique Amish wheelbarrow has been on the front porch a few years, and I decorate around it for each season."
Jane says, "I usually start with a color scheme or a theme when decorating the porch. Then I start pulling out things that I already have in my stash to see what I can use. I will purchase something new only if it fits into the scheme or is seasonal such as mums or real pumpkins. Luckily, I have two sisters-in-law that live nearby and let me borrow a few things, too!"
Fall All Over
"During the summer, our landscape colors are mainly pinks and greens thanks to our beautiful peony bushes," says Sarah Macklem of The Yellow Cape Cod. "We look forward to fall, after the peonies are gone, as it's an opportunity to bring in a new color palette of orange, burgundy and yellow. It is fun to see the transition and feature different colors through the seasons."
"I think the black and white accents, such as the white rockers with black striped pillows, black urns, black front door and black and white, graphic indoor/outdoor area rug give my fall display a unique look. The contrast of black and white is eye-catching and creates a little unexpected drama," Sarah says.
A Fresh Take
We adore this playful and unexpected autumnal design from Jennifer Hadfield of Tatertots and Jello.
A contemporary blend of blues — aqua, navy and cobalt — really makes the traditional pumpkin orange pop. Along with the darling swag and homemade wreath, the potted plants, lanterns, pumpkin decor and a painted "autumn" sign really bring together this fun and festive front porch.
A Modern Spin
"I love modern decor," says Angela Neese Rathbun of Blue i Style, "so I wanted to find a way to blend that with natural elements for a cozy fall front porch. My original design inspiration were the wreaths. I loved the fresh color palette of red, plum, gray-blue and moss green, mixed with touches of more traditional yellow and orange."
Angela’s favorite additions to her design? "I was thrilled when I found the three-tiered plant stand that allows me to add height and layers to the porch in front of our stationary door, without making the porch feel over crowded," she says. "I love the addition of the modern, red lanterns to the otherwise soft color palette, which really brightens up the porch on cold, gray days."
Capture the Season
"This year I wanted to really capture all the best things about fall like farmers' markets, sunflowers, apples, pumpkins, mums, grasses — all the things that make fall feel cozy," says Jo-Anna Rooney of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. "I especially love the addition of the twinkly lights, which gives our porch a feeling of a little fall garden party."
"I think the best advice when it comes to decorating any space is to keep it simple. Decorate with what you have, and shop around your own home and yard for natural elements. Love your space, and decorating comes easy!"