You might be preparing for fall by decorating the inside of your home with gourds, cornstalks and warm-toned decorations. Perhaps you took the heavy throw blankets out of storage and moved your boots and vests to the front of your closet. One of the most important places of your home that could use some fall flair is the front of your home. It’s the first area of your home that guests see, so you’ll want to create a welcoming, aesthetically pleasing environment in this area. If you’re stumped, we have a few ideas on how to decorate your front porch for fall that will dazzle your guests and neighbors.
- Adorned with Mums
With fall in full swing, we’ve had to say goodbye to some of our summer favorites, like daisies and dahlias. As seasons change, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Chrysanthemums are excellent autumn flowers to keep on your front porch. They come in a variety of colors, so they can blend with or contrast any color scheme. We recommend light- or warm-toned mums in the fall, like cream, bronze or yellow. Mums require plenty of sunlight, so be sure to water them every other day to keep them from drying up.
- Unconventional Pumpkins
Nothing creates an autumnal setting like pumpkins and gourds. If you’re sick of traditional orange pumpkins, buy some paint and brushes from your local craft store and DIY your pumpkin. Painting your pumpkin also allows you to play around with color schemes outside of classic warm tones. A black and white polka-dot pumpkin is chic and modern. A pumpkin painted to resemble a jack-o’-lantern decorates your porch for Halloween without the mess and rotting associated with carving it. If you’re artistically inclined, feel free to experiment with painting detail-oriented patterns, like cozy plaids or complex geometric designs.
- Play Around with Color
If you are looking for boldness, try nontraditional colors this fall. The best way to tie in splashes of bright hues is with vibrant potted plants. You could incorporate September’s birth flower, the aster, for a unique pop of color. Asters come in a variety of tones, such as white, pink, yellow and the most common, purple. Using delicate violet hues on your porch will cause your decor to stand out from your neighbors’ orange and brown autumnal displays.
- Stacks of Hay
For a fall harvest-inspired front porch, incorporate piles of haystacks. Plenty of stores sell fake hay bales, but there’s nothing quite as charming as the real thing. Try calling a nearby farm or market to see if you could purchase haystacks from them. Be careful when you go to pick them up, though. Hay sheds like crazy and can make quite a mess in the trunk or back seat of your car. If you have a pickup truck, you should have no trouble transporting hay bales in the flatbed. If you do not, you can put blankets down in the back of your car before laying the hay down to minimize the mess. After arranging them in their proper places on your porch, make sure you sweep the surrounding areas of any loose hay to keep your porch looking polished.
- Whimsical Wreaths
Don’t neglect your front door. Placing a wreath at eye level gives your guests a pleasant sight to enjoy while waiting for you to come to the door. You can create your own wreath from fall greenery or buy one from your local craft store or market. The style of the wreath you buy should depend on the overall aesthetic of your front porch. A wreath of miniature pumpkins amplifies a traditionally Halloween porch, whereas wreaths adorned with foliage accent a rustic scene. This decoration serves as the finishing touch, a way of tying the accent colors of your porch together.
How will you be decorating your front porch this fall? You can always add flowers to give your porch that extra pop of color and texture. Your fall possibilities are endless so just have fun with your decorating!