25 Outdoor Fall Decor Ideas to Step Up Your Seasonal Display

Autumn is in the air which means it's time for a seasonal decor swap. Dress up your porch, patio, fire pit and more with these festive decorating ideas fit for any outdoor space.

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August 21, 2020

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Pumpkins, gourds and mums-a-plenty pile the steps of this home with autumnal hues while two life-sized scarecrows flank the front door to greet guests and passersby with a stitched smile.

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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Bountiful Front Steps

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.

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Vintage Milk Jug Vases

Vintage milk jugs just make sense for a traditional autumn table. Search for a galvanized or ceramic vessel like this one, and repurpose the container into a charming vase. Fill the jug with flowers, cotton stems or paper leaves on metallic branches for a fall-tastic look.

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Maple Leaf Mailbox Garland

Send the message that autumn has arrived by adorning your mailbox with a fiery maple leaf garland. This DIY project can be easily completed in an afternoon and requires just two wire coat hangers, floral craft foam, faux leaves and mini pumpkins. Finish off the festive display with a couple of lanterns or mums in large planters.

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Dressed to Impressed

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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Pumpkin Spice Pillows

Take cues from the season's hottest sip and style your outdoor sitting area with pumpkin spice pillows. The orange hue and plaid pattern will call forward notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove and warm up a neutral porch swing or outdoor sectional.

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Boho-Chic Harvest

Bring store-bought mums to life in a big way this year by planting them in a wheelbarrow. To ensure that her display would look less country and more boho-chic, lifestyle photographer Aniko Levai painted feathers and geometric shapes right onto the wood — something you can easily do, too.

Charming Rocking Chairs

Sleek metal benches and side tables are nice, but they just can't beat a pair of rocking chairs this time of year. Dial up the character and charm on your porch by snagging two seats in either a reclaimed or distressed wood finish. (Read: The more rustic, the better.) Add a couple of throw pillows and you'll have one idyllic spot for sipping hot chocolate or apple cider.

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Firewood for Effect

Evoke thoughts of roaring fires and toasted marshmallows without ever lighting a match by collecting a little lumber for your back porch. The raw texture is perfect for an autumnal look and can be shown off in either a woven basket or wooden crate, such as the indoor display seen here.

Blanket (Bar) Cart

Bar carts don't get enough attention during snuggle season. Luckily, we have an easy solution: convert yours into a blanket cart complete with s'mores or candy apple fixings on top and warm, fleece throws down below. Just the presence of wool blankets makes this bar cart more eye-catching on chilly evenings.

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Quilt-Covered Hammock

Take your hammock or hanging chair from summer to fall with the addition of a quilt and a couple of strategically placed lanterns. Though neutral, the blanket has a cozy, hand-stitched quality that will make your loved ones want to cuddle up and enjoy those crisp evenings.

Front Door Decor

Welcome the arrival of fall with a front door display that's hard to miss. Budget-friendly materials, such as butcher paper and faux leaves, are used to create a welcoming message on this autumn-ready entry.

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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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Cream + Cinnamon Place Settings

Spice up your outdoor table — without any orange in sight — by opting for a cream and cinnamon color scheme. To recreate this elegant display at home, start with an ivory or off-white runner and top it with bronze hurricanes in varying sizes. Then, finish the fall tablescape with rattan chargers for texture and warmth.

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Pretty Pumpkin Topiary

Pumpkin topiaries are so chic, don't you think? Take a break from the seasonal wreaths this year and anchor your front door with two of these fresh white arrangements. The lighter hues, dried florals and feathers create an elegant, fall-forward display that's unique and will carry your space well into winter.

Apples Fit for the Fire Pit

Bring a taste of the apple orchards to your backyard with a bushel full of Pink Ladies or Honeycrisps. Even a small basket like this will add some seasonal color to your outdoor coffee table or ottoman, especially when matched with scarlet and plum perennials or ornamental grasses.

Carved Ice Bucket

Grab the pumpkin carving kit, because this is a DIY project you're going to want to try ASAP. Put an adult-friendly twist on a favorite fall tradition by making a compostable ice bucket. Once you've scooped out all of the seeds, line the bottom of the pumpkin with beeswax wrap and fill it with ice — and your favorite bottle of white or red.

Cotton Stem Centerpieces

Make your fall centerpiece last a little longer by choosing cotton stems over fresh flowers. Simply gather the branches in odd numbers (five and seven work best), wrap them in a dark cloth for contrast and place them in a galvanized pitcher for that farmhouse finish. This is the perfect way to add a little height to your tablescape.

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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.

Buffalo-Checked Base

Buffalo check gives us all the warm and fuzzy feelings, like a favorite flannel shirt or blanket. Transition this cozy fall pattern into your home's wardrobe by replacing a summery area rug with a black-and-white floor covering. Try the pattern out in smaller doses via doormats, throw pillows or ottomans.

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Fresh Cut Sunflowers

Maybe it's their warm, yellow petals or the fact they bloom into early fall, but sunflowers really are the perfect transitionary floral. Effortlessly style a porch or patio for the new season by showcasing these beauties on your outdoor tables. Be sure to group them in bunches with greenery to make the bouquets seem fuller and freshly picked from the field.

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Chunky Candles

Add even more ambience to an outdoor fireplace by covering the mantel in candles. Use ivory pillars to lighten a brick or stone surround and to lift the eye up, or mix in matte black or orange votives to nod ever so slightly to Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Cornucopia-Style Containers

Pull inspiration from the horn-of-plenty itself and transform your containers into festive, floral cornucopias. Start with wicker planters to mimic the woven basket and fill with autumnal-hued plants such as croton, mums, cabbage, juniper and Supertunias. The end result will be a feast for the eyes.

Finishing Fall Touches

Somehow, arbors and garden gates are even more enchanting with an autumn wreath. For a look as full as this, use either corn husks or dried foliage and make sure to fan everything out. And again, let your landscape determine the color scheme; it'll help tie it all together.

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