How to Decorate Your Front Porch for Fall

Fall in love with fall all over again with these perfect porch decor ideas.

September 16, 2021
Show: HGTV Happy

For many, fall is the time to pretty up the front porch. Straw bales, corn stalks, pumpkins and mums will begin popping up around the neighborhood, and we're here for it. Here are some ways to make the most of your front porch this fall.

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Get Cozy

Snuggle up your front porch by adding autumnal blankets and pillows to outdoor chairs, sofas and swings. Get creative with fall textures, patterns and colors until you get the perfect cozy combo.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

What Would Mum Do?

For years, mums have been a fall front-porch staple and for good reason. They come in a variety of fall-tastic colors and are the perfect way to add that colorful pop that lasts all season long.

A Woman Placing a Mum on a Front Porch

Decorating a Front Porch With Potted Mums

This woman is placing a potted mum next to a front porch swing as part of her fall front porch decor. The potted mum appears in an orange pumpkin pot that contrasts the green side table nicely. The bright yellows mums add a perfect pop of color to the porch.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Fall in Love With Lanterns

Instead of turning on harsh overhead porch lights, opt for lanterns to achieve the perfect warm glow on those pristine fall nights. A couple of lanterns in varying sizes look beautiful with mini pumpkins dotted in between.

Two Lanterns Surrounded By Pumpkins For Fall

Fall Front Porch Decor With Lanterns and Pumpkins

This fall-approved front porch decor is perfect for chilly fall evenings. The black lanterns offer a warm glow at night that looks perfect with the mini pumpkins that surround. The mums seen in the background are the perfect pop of color against the brick home.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Think Vertically

Vintage crates make for the perfect vertical display to add design depth and visual appeal to your front porch. Simply stack them up and scatter a few fall decor staples throughout the display.

A Vertical Display of Vintage Crates With Fall Gourds

Vertically Displayed Vintage Crates For Fall Front Porch

These vintage crates are vertically stacked on this front porch to create a cute fall display of pumpkins and gourds. The vertical nature of the display adds height and depth which gives the porch's decor visual appeal and interest that is hard to attain.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Swap Out Seasonal Planters

Once September comes, it is time to start thinking about swapping out your seasonal planters. There are plenty of beautiful fall foliage options, but if you are struggling to find one you love, you can’t go wrong with more mums.

Pumpkins and Hay on Front Porch For Fall

Fall Front Porch Decor Display With Pumpkins

This fall front porch decor display features all of the fall staples. Pumpkins, gourds, potted mums and a scarf sit atop a bale of straw sitting in front of a rich, wooden front door. The brick home's front porch looks perfectly poised for fall enjoyment.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Rugs on Rugs on Rugs

Just like fall fashion, fall front-porch decor is all about layering. Add a warm, inviting look to your front door by layering rugs. We chose an elegant plaid pattern beneath a fun fall message for a double dose of autumn.

Layered Rugs on a Fall Front Porch

Front Porch Decorated With Fall-Inspired Layered Rugs

This front porch is decorated with fall-inspired rugs that have been stacked on top of each other to create a luscious, layered look. The bottom layer is a traditional plaid pattern while the top features a fun fall saying. The pair looks gorgeous against the rich, wooden door.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Take Your Decor to New Heights

If your decor is seeming a little one-dimensional, add height with straw bales. Simply flank your front door or walkway and place your decor pieces in front and on top of the bales for a more curated look.

Straw Bale Surrounded by Fall Decor on Porch

Fall Decor Sitting on a Bale of Straw

This fall decor is positioned on top of a straw bale to give it height and depth. The decor is part of a fall front porch display. The pumpkins and gourds offer a nice shiny texture that contrasts the rough look of the straw and mums they surround. The bale is the perfect backdrop for fall decor pieces.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Throw a Scarf on It

When searching for the perfect fall patterns and textures to complete your front porch decor, look no further than your closet. Grab an oversized flannel scarf and drape it over your bales or around your pumpkins to add texture and depth.

Pumpkins and Hay on Front Porch For Fall

Fall Front Porch Decor Display With Pumpkins

This fall front porch decor display features all of the fall staples. Pumpkins, gourds, potted mums and a scarf sit atop a bale of straw sitting in front of a rich, wooden front door. The brick home's front porch looks perfectly poised for fall enjoyment.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Dress Up Plastic Pots

Don’t waste your time repotting seasonal plants. It just isn’t worth it. Instead, slip those less-than-pretty plastic pots into charming wooden baskets and bask in the effortless beauty.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Swap Seasonal Wreaths

No fall front door is complete without a seasonal wreath. Simply swapping out your summer wreath for something more autumnal will make a world of difference.

A Woman Placing a Fall Wreath on a Door

Placing a Fall Wreath on Front Door

A woman swaps out a seasonal wreath on a front door. The fall-inspired wreath features many fall colors that look beautiful against the rich wood tones of the front door. The wreath is a nice alternative to a more summer or winter-appropriate wreath.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

Create Depth With Steps

If your home features steps leading up to your front porch, use them to your advantage. Create depth by stair-stepping your decor, mixing in various seasonal staples throughout.

Putting Fall Decor on Front Porch Steps

Woman Decorating Front Porch Steps With Pumpkins

A woman is seen placing fall decor on the front porch steps leading up to her home. Pumpkins and gourds of varying sizes are positioned around planters filled with mums and other fall foliage. The decor is staggered as it goes up the steps to create depth.

Photo by: Yasmin Murphy

Yasmin Murphy

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