Celebrate Autumn With Fall's Best Porches and Patios

Check out these inviting fall-inspired porch and patio spaces.

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April 13, 2016

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

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Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

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Cue the Color

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

Inspiration Abounds

This stunning stoop belongs to Leslie Davis of Deeply Southern Home. She says, "Consider what fall looks like in your region or yard and mimic it for a more natural design. [For example,] we have three mature magnolia trees in the front yard and the use of magnolia leaves seem right at home." Magnolia leaves aside - how darling are those snowy, white pumpkins paired with her pretty pooch?

Have Fall at Your Doorstep

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

Vibrant + Colorful

Don’t be afraid to add warm, autumnal accessories to your cool-colored, white or blue porch. Classic orange pumpkins and mums are always appropriate and adorable for fall, no matter what color scheme you’re working with. The eye-catching mix of colors are pretty-as-can be on this cool-toned front porch.

Create Cozy Seating Arrangements

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

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.

Snuggle Season

Here we have an elegant, pup-approved patio — 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.

Create a Traditional Display

Swoooon! This sophisticated porch is fall ready with a pair of festive planters, an assortment of pumpkins and foliage. Glowing, candle lanterns and a simple welcome mat polish off the look.

Add Impact With Bold Seasonal Colors

Bold pops of color from seasonal flowers and fruits can create an 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. When entertaining, incorporate these elements into the tablescape and menu, like making a signature drink, to create a cohesive and stunning fall get-together.

Add a Porch Swing

If you have the space to hang one, a porch swing is a farmhouse porch must. Nothing says sit and stay a while quite like a porch swing cozied up with some pillows.

Aqua for Autumn

Amazing. Unique. Obsessed. These are just a few words that come to mind when glancing at this grapevine autumn tree, trimmed with acorn garland and a textured hay topper. As if the tree wasn’t adorable enough, there’s also an antiqued, aqua wheelbarrow, a pair of aqua pumpkins and to polish things off: an aqua acorn garland, dangling from above.

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 this inky, black entryway.

Nostalgic Comfort

Rocking chairs add simplicity and nostalgia to this porch, urging you to sit down and enjoy the autumn weather. Fall colors are brought in with seasonal plants, while extra comfort is added with a simple white porch swing. Decorative pillows add the final touch to this cozy porch, inviting you to take a minute to relax. 

Happy Hues

Try passing by without cracking a smile at this cheery, seasonal display. Impossible! Contemporary colors — aqua, navy and cobalt blue — allow the traditional orange pumpkin to pop on this prize-worthy front porch. The darling, dangling pumpkin swag, crafted orange wreath and bright-white "autumn" sign really bring together this fun, festive display.

Use Pumpkins for Pop

Add pops of color to your yard by placing small groups of pumpkins wherever you'd like to add a fall touch. The bright orange contrasts beautifully against the background of tall green and gold grasses. Spreading pops of fall color around the yard is a great way to carry your fall decorating beyond the porch or patio.

Choose a Color Story

Forest-green paint, pops of cranberry red and cozy creature comforts turn a bland porch into a warm and welcoming spot just in time for fall.

Create a Rustic Vignette

A wagon or wheelbarrow and antique crates make a great home for seasonal flowers. Place it at the front door to welcome your guests.

Pile on the Plush

Load up on soft, fuzzy pillows for comfort.

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.

Offer Up Blankets

Have plenty of throw blankets handy to take the chill off as the sun goes down.

You Can't Go Wrong With This Palette

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

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 add just enough decor, while you prepare for the natural beauty of the autumn environment to come through. In this photo from HGTV Green Home 2010, the accessories complement a simple yet sophisticated wooden patio set, perfect for entertaining on crisp fall evenings.

Fall Can Be Trendy

Fall doesn't have to have the traditional, muted feel we are used to. A funky, young fall touch is added to this outdoor space by mixing strong pops of orange with contemporary furnishings. The bright lanterns are a playful way to add lighting, while the bright orange pillows are an easy way to incorporate a new color with each season. A fun screen completes the look, making this autumn patio feel like a destination.

Add Color With Furniture

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.

Cozy House Numbers

Guide guests the warm and cozy way — with a decorative house number pillow. You can use stencils and outdoor spray paint to create this cute display in a matter of hours.

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

Make your pumpkins multitask by using them as fall planters. Cool-season edibles add color and texture to your front porch decor.

DIY Welcome Mat

Sprucing up your front porch for fall? Get creative with this DIY door mat — it’s fun to make and your design options are nearly endless. Get crafting to make your own.

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 will have a garland of beautiful reds and yellows.

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.

Flower Power

For extra pop, place a potted plant or two by the front entrance.

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.

Illuminate Your Yard

Warm outdoor lighting brightens your outdoor space during the chilly months.

Add Some Candles

Decorating with candles during the fall season is a hassle-free, budget-friendly way to show your spirit.

Change Your Furniture for Fall

Refresh wicker chairs for fall by adding a coat of paint in a rich autumn-inspired color. These wicker chairs from HGTV Green Home 2010 have a warm, rusty red color, balanced by neutral pillows and cushions. Different-style wicker chairs can be united by color, making them feel like they truly belong together. For a low-cost option, spend some time at flea markets and yard sales to find unique, mismatched pieces, and then paint them all to match.

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