12 Fresh Porch Decorating Ideas for Fall

Get your porch or deck ready for fall guests with these simple updates and decorating ideas.

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August 24, 2015
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Good First Impressions

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.

Refresh Your Exterior

Updating your home's exterior paint can be intimidating, but there's a quick way to simplify it. When choosing new colors, remember that a color scheme consisting of three or four coordinating hues works well for most exteriors. Given this home's lack of ornate detail, three shades of earthy greens are used on the siding, trim and doors.

Add Potted Trees

Bring a lush element of life to your door by flanking it with potted magnolia trees. During the fall months, magnolias will add a nice woodsy shade of green to your entry. Plus, many types of magnolias are evergreen.

Modernize Your Planters

When coordinating an autumnal color scheme, think outside the box. Modern, black planters can be used year round, and cranberry-red flowering annuals are an easy way to add a touch of fall flair. When mixed together, black, dark green and cranberry red create a bold palette that is appropriate but unexpected for fall.

Add Ambience With Edison Bulbs

Bring a touch of vintage charm to your entry by replacing standard bulbs with Edison bulbs in outdoor light fixtures. Although Edison bulbs are more costly, they add warmth and create ambience. Once the holiday season is over, simply replace the Edison bulbs with standard ones.

Swap Out Your Welcome Mat

Small changes can make a big impact, especially in small spaces. Consider changing up your porch's welcome mat each season for a fresh look. In keeping with the warm gray tones of this porch's outdoor decor, a graphic lattice-patterned mat is swapped in.

Add a Graphic Underfoot

Area rugs can instantly make any outdoor space feel more inviting. To add softness underfoot just outside the door, a patterned indoor-outdoor rug is added. The hues in the rug also tie in with the gray, black, forest green and cranberry color scheme.

Just Add Paint

Bring the style and comfort of Adirondack chairs to your porch, and consider giving these classic wooden chairs a fresh look with a coat of black or white paint.

Give House Numbers a New Look

Add an element of surprise to your porch or exterior entry with a DIY planter box dressed with integrated house numbers. To coordinate this planter with the rest of the fall decor, it is painted an eye-catching cranberry tone.

Refresh the Look of Your Pergola

A common issue faced by homeowners with wooden pergolas is maintenance. When pergolas are stained, they require yearly or biyearly re-staining or resealing; however, if you paint a pergola in the same tones as your home's exterior, it creates a more cohesive look and requires much less maintenance.

Bring in Breezy Draperies

One of the quickest and most effective ways to spruce up an outdoor living space is by adding lightweight drapery panels. Here, the hard lines of the pergola are softened with charcoal drapes that make the porch feel more cozy while also separating it from the nearby grilling deck.

Pull in Seasonal Hues

Cranberry sauce is one of the most popular culinary elements of Thanksgiving. Put a decorative spin on cranberry tones by using them as accents for your porch's fall decor through seasonal flowers and plants.

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