Celebrate Autumn With the Season's Best Porches and Patios

Cozy up your curb appeal with these inviting fall-inspired porch and patio spaces.

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August 24, 2020

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Harvest Hello

This stately white brick home proves that more is more when it comes to festive fall decor. Golden cornstalks wrapped with fall foliage climb the soaring columns and accentuate the grandeur of the entry. Pumpkins, gourds and mums-a-plenty pile the steps with autumnal hues and two life-sized scarecrows flank the front door to greet guests and passersby with a stitched smile.

Snuggle Season

This elegant, pup-approved patio is perfect for snuggling and cuddling through the crisp autumn nights. The soft, cream color palette is made season-appropriate with a pile of plaid pillows, a cozy buffalo check blanket and a textured, faux sheepskin pillow.

Warm and Inviting

Talk about swoon-worthy. This sophisticated porch is fall ready with festive planters, an assortment of pumpkins and subtle wooden details. Glowing candle lanterns and a simple welcome mat polish off the seasonal look.

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Pops of Plaid

Mountainside lounge chairs are dressed for the season ahead with toasty plaid flannel throws. The cozy blankets boast a comforting mix of autumnal orange, rust and cornflower blue hues and usher warmth to the otherwise ultra-modern porch.

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Pumpkin Path

Sometimes all you need is good old-fashioned contrast to create an eye-catching display. Proof? This bold, bountiful display of bright, fiery-orange pumpkins that leads the way to the subdued front entry.

Cozy Seating Arrangements

When setting up porch furniture, arrange seating with conversation in mind. Pairs, trios and quartets invite gatherings whereas single, randomly arranged pieces aren't as conducive to those memorable rocking chair chats.

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Unmatched Foliage Views

Diners enjoy sweeping views of the leaves as they change from this cozy covered patio. The classic wooden dining chairs are warmed with timeless tartan throws while a collection of petite pumpkins and a textured arrangement add fall flair to the center of the table.

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Vibrant + Colorful

Don’t be afraid to add warm autumnal accessories to your cool-colored, white or blue porch. Classic orange and white pumpkins and mums are always appropriate and adorable for fall, no matter what color scheme you’re working with.

Bale Benches

Hay bales and printed rugs create comfy and unexpected outdoor seating on this fun, fall-ready patio. Seasonal ruby blooms perch on a farmhouse stool and traditional wicker armchairs balance the rustic details for a well-rounded design.

Dressed to Impress

A bandana-clad scarecrow offers neighbors a handsome slanted smile from the front stoop of this farmhouse. Marigold mums and two petite pumpkins round out the joyful vignette.

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Bountiful Display

A traditional entry bench is enlivened by cozy textiles and vibrant autumn hues. The draped black-and-white buffalo check blanket offers a reprieve from the brisk breeze while buttery marigold and orange plaid accent pillows create plush support against the wooden frame.

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Inspiration Abounds

Nothing says bountiful harvest like fresh flowers, gourds and lanterns cascading down the front steps. "Consider what fall looks like in your region or yard and mimic it for a more natural design," Leslie Davis of Paper Daisy Design suggests. If you can't choose between a classic orange or cool white motif, try this tip and let your landscape influence your decision.

Quilts for All

While quilts and blankets are best kept indoors during rainy weather, bring them out to snuggle under on breezy days or brisk evenings. They will add a homey touch of farmhouse style and are an easy accessory to transport in and out of the house.

Warm Welcome

Create a welcoming entry for guests with a display of fall-themed items. Traditional favorites like pumpkins and bales of hay, layered with mums in rustic wooden baskets, create a color theme of orange and tan. Add visual interest by varying the pumpkin sizes and shapes.

Declare the Season

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a front porch more festive and fun than this one, with a swirly hand-lettered sign that declares the season. This fall display turns heads by mixing classic, autumn staples with bold, modern accents like the metallic gourds and sleek metal lanterns.

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Glam Gourds

Rustic texture, creamy hues and glam metallic finishes come together to create this one-of-a-kind fall porch. A tall corn stalk in an aged bronze planter brings height to the display while creamy white pumpkins brighten the stoop and shine against the tan siding.

Fall All Over

A traditional front porch gets a fall refresh thanks to a stack of heirloom pumpkins, autumnal-hued wreath and eye-catching yellow mums. This porch proves all you need are a few seasonal additions to easily take your entry from summer to fall.

Fireside Forest VIews

A roaring stacked-stone fireplace serves as the focal point of this luxurious mountainside lounge. Twin teal sofas are positioned for cozy conversation while a pair of geometric coffee tables offer ample space for spiked cider to cool between sips.

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Cue the Color

Warm, golden-hued planters serve as eye-catching accents on this pumpkin-piled fall front porch. Pro Tip: Fill your planters with a mix of colors, heights and textures for maximum visual interest.

Pumpkins + Plants

Straight from the pumpkin patch, piles of pumpkins and gourds pair perfectly with potted croton and mums for a fall-tastic entryway brimming with fun. A personal touch is infused in the display thanks to the addition of vinyl house numbers on a tall pumpkin. The cheery hues on this front porch, featured in HGTV Magazine, are sure to brighten even the rainiest of days.

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Shade of the Season

A parade of orange pumpkins celebrates the season on this charming, arched entryway. The classic gourds are elevated with brilliant, gilded stems and paired with copper jack-o'-lanterns and a pair of potted rust mums.

Aqua for Autumn

Think outside the typical autumn colors and opt for a cheerful shade of aqua, instead. Paired with a grapevine fall tree, the distressed blue wheelbarrow creates a warm and inviting focal point on this playful front porch.

Au Naturel

Texture does all the talking on this seasonal front door. The darling, DIY corn husk wreath forgoes fuss and frills and opts for layers of natural hull, rich with dimensional golden hues. A slew of buffalo check pumpkins and lush purple blooms in cement planters brighten the entryway with color.

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Decked Out for Fall

Chilly autumn evenings are celebrated around the firepit on this fall-ready deck. Four Adirondack chairs wrap around the sleek cement fire pit and are cozied-up with plush ruby and moss accent pillows. Fringe-trimmed throws drape across the armchairs and invite guests to snuggle up and enjoy fireside conversation.

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Classic Contrast

Creamy pumpkins, dried baby's breath and ghost berries galore create an elegant autumnal accent for this front door. Earthy pinecones bring contrast and texture to the neutral display while inky feathers are sprinkled throughout for a touch of whimsy.

Happy Hues

Contemporary colors — aqua, navy and cobalt blue — allow the traditional orange fall hues to pop on this prize-worthy front porch. The darling pumpkin swag, crafted orange wreath and bright-white decor sign really bring together this fun and festive display.

Pops of Pumpkins

Add splashes of color to your yard by placing small groups of pumpkins in with existing plants and foliage. Here, the bright orange contrasts beautifully against the background of tall green and gold grasses.

Choose a Color Story

Forest green paint, pops of rich pink and cozy accents turn this once-bland porch into a warm and welcoming spot just in time for fall. The warm-hued planter box contributes a rich dose of color while house numbers on the front add a touch of personalization.

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Eye-Catching Autumn Touch

A bold burlap-and-pumpkin wreath ushers autumnal cheer to this front porch. The fiery gourds and jovial pom-pom branches pop against the rustic design and add eye-catching color to signify the season on the otherwise neutral entryway.

Create a Rustic Vignette

A wagon, wheelbarrow or antique crate make great homes for seasonal flowers. Place it at the front door to welcome guests.

Nostalgic Comfort

Rocking chairs add simplicity and nostalgia to this porch, inviting you to take a minute to sit and relax. Fall colors are brought in with seasonal plants, while extra comfort is added with a simple white porch swing and decorative pillows.

Pile on the Plush

Nothing says cozy quite like a plethora of plush accents. Load up on soft, fuzzy pillows for added comfort and style on a front porch sitting area.

A Perfect Pair

Pumpkins and chrysanthemums are a natural pair when it comes to fall decor. A row of mums in a single contrasting color alongside a row of pumpkins is a festive way to decorate the pathway to your porch or patio.

Cozy Up Outdoor Furniture

Change up the look of your outdoor sofa with a simple swap of seasonal pillows. Once the bright blues and yellows of summer are over, take the less-is-more approach by layering neutrals and evergreens. Even though this mix evokes the feeling of fall, it also works year-round.

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Soaring Stacks

This charming black barn takes fall decorating to new heights – literally. Two sky-high pumpkin stacks flank the entry and energize the weathered barn façade with a wash of rich autumnal hues. Hay bales create benches for candle-clad lanterns and add charm to the rustic harvest display.

Bold Colors

Bold pops of color from seasonal flowers and fruits can create a major impact, like in this charming patio area. Bright mums bring life to the fall setting while a simple bowl of fresh cranberries adds that deep red color synonymous with autumn.

Easy DIY Fall Wreath

Bring a modern harvest vibe to your front door with a dried corn wreath. Attach corn husks and felted ball stems to a grapevine wreath with colorful yarn and display on the front door for all to see.

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Seasonal Stack

Plump pumpkin topiaries complete with lush trailing vines and pops of colorful blooms make a splashy seasonal statement on this front porch. A smiling jack-o'-lantern doormat layers atop a striped black-and-white rug underfoot while a feathery wreath and white webs wrap the entryway with spooky charm.

Let Autumn Add the Color

With so many trees changing color dramatically, sometimes less is more when decorating for fall. Simple accessories like topiaries and a bowl of apples can give off just enough color while you prepare for the natural beauty of the autumn environment to come through.

DIY Welcome Mat

Looking to get creative when sprucing up your front porch this fall? Get crafting with this DIY doormat that's fun — and easy — to make. Customize your own with our how-to below.

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Rest and Relaxation

Splashes of color add a touch of fun to this fall-inspired front porch. Four different-colored Adirondack chairs invite you to take a moment to relax on those cool autumn nights. The look is completed by orange and yellow fall flowers.

Fall Garland

Display a splash of autumn color over your front door, around an archway or draped across a beautiful bench with your own handmade fall garland. Gather some nearby leaves and in a few hours, you'll have a garland of beautiful reds and yellows.

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A Farmhouse Fall

An old door, antique leaning ladder and large barnwood pumpkins come together to create this ultra-inviting, rustic farmhouse porch for fall. Natural elements, like golden hay and bright orange pumpkins, energize the weathered wood pieces for a vintage display that appears fresh and new.

Double-Duty Pumpkins

Inexpensive ornamental plants like kale, cabbages and lettuces look right at home in pumpkins full of potting soil. Herbs will take root in containers like these as well — and how handy would it be to pluck seasonings for holiday dishes right from your own front stoop?

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Flower Power

For a rich dose of autumnal color, place a potted plant or two by the front entrance. Go a step further by placing them in fall-hued containers.

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Illumination

The twinkle of bistro lights strung throughout this backyard illuminates the patio for added warmth during those chilly autumn nights.

Halloween Home

A spooky entryway is created with simple DIY crafts, including bats cut from black card stock, branches from the yard and raven figurines. A variety of pumpkins and gourds add color and seasonal flare.

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Classic Color Palette

Celebrate autumn by pairing a jack-o’-lantern with a pot brimming with classic fall colors: orange and black.

Fall Refresh

Refresh wicker chairs for fall by adding a coat of paint in a rich, autumn-inspired color. These wicker chairs have a warm, rusty red color, balanced by neutral pillows and cushions. For a low-cost option, browse flea markets and yard sales to find mismatched pieces, and then paint them all to match.

Candlelight Glow

Decorating with candles during the fall season is a hassle-free, budget-friendly way to create a warm display. Recreate an arrangement like this one by filling glass lanterns with candles surrounded by inexpensive seasonal fillers like dried black beans and candy corn.

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