Are you wanting to dress up your porch, or front entry area, a bit for fall? All you need are a few basics to take the porch from drab to fab. Here are some ideas for simple fall porch decor.
Does it feel like fall where you are at? Here in the Mid-South, it has just started to cool off and actually feel like fall. I pulled out the kids winter wardrobes, as well as my boot collection, about a week ago in preparation. I have yet to actually wear any of those boots, but I believe it will likely happen very soon.
It’s hard to really get into the spirit of fall when it doesn’t truly feel like fall, which is maybe why I wanted to go with really simple fall porch decor. 80 degree weather doesn’t exactly scream boots, and pumpkins, and scarves, and hot apple cider. YaknowwhatImean? So, I kept things simple this year. BUT – simple can still be great.
A neighbor from a few blocks over stopped by our house just a couple of days ago. I saw her pull into the drive and went to open the door for her. As she walked up to the front door, she gestured to my front porch set up and said, “This is cute!”
So, there you have it. Proof that things don’t have to be complicated to make an impression. 🙂
Simple Fall Porch Decor
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There are a few basic elements that can help you put together a beautiful, yet simple, fall porch.
1. Front Door Wreath
We have lived in this house for close to 2.5 years now, and this is the first time I have put wreaths out front. Can you believe it?! They really do make a big difference in the overall appearance, though! They help draw the eye up and help create symmetry. Our front door area is a bit odd, as it is all enclosed, but one side is a bit wider than the other. It has always been difficult for me to decorate, as I feel like it is lopsided.
The wreaths help to balance this out a bit by drawing the eye upward.
I went with very simple, and small, wreaths for my front doors. Number one, wreaths are expensive, y’all, and I have a double front door, which means I need TWO! I just didn’t want to spend that kind of money. Nor did I have time (or – let’s be honest – motivation) to make two matching wreaths myself. So, small and simple won the game, and it still makes a big impact.
2. Pumpkins, Gourds, or Other Seasonal Items
Pumpkins and gourds are another great staple for a simple, fall porch. The variety of pumpkins and gourds that are available is pretty amazing. So, they are really fun to shop for!
Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of the traditional fall colors – red, orange, yellow, brown. I don’t particularly care for any of those colors. So, I usually go a bit more neutral with my pumpkins, by sticking to white and green/blue. I love the stacking pumpkins, therefore, a pumpkin tower was a must.
I chose to use only a few this year, which I think is totally sufficient for my space. Like I said, though, there is so much variety out there, you can really have fun with color schemes, towers, stacks, groups, etc.
I also put some dried wheat stalks in a large glass bottle that I had on hand. Wheat stalks and other fall-like stems are easy to find at the grocery store or craft store this time of year. They add great texture and interest.
**Do you want a good laugh?** Here are the pumpkins that my children chose from the pumpkin patch this year. Their goal was to get the biggest pumpkins they could find, and I believe they achieved their goal. Ha! I have a feeling that after my husband helps carve these this year, the kids won’t be allowed to bring home such giants in the future. LOL!!
3. Greenery or Flowers
Some type of greenery or flowers is a must for just about any season of porch decor. Greenery and/or flowers add texture, color, and life to any and all types of decor.
For this set up, I got a basket of mixed greenery from the grocery store. I loved all of the different layers in this basket – from the leaves that stand straight up to the draping vines. It was all I needed for my small and simple space.
Mums are a particularly popular choice during the fall season, and you can see a slightly different simple fall porch decor set up that I did earlier this season here. I used a couple of mums in this one. It worked well during a time when the calendar said it was fall, but the weather most decidedly was not there yet. The flowers added some very summery color, but were also a great transition element into fall.
A doormat is another staple that works across all seasons.
Personally, I like to keep my doormats a bit more neutral, in order to work across multiple seasons. There is no shortage of adorable fall themed doormats, though, if that’s what you are looking for!
One doormat tip that helps add depth and interest to your space is layered doormats. Simply lay a larger, thin mat underneath your chosen decorative doormat. This adds size to the doormat, which can help make your space look bigger and better balanced.
5. Layers in Height
A final suggestion for simple fall porch decor is to incorporate some layers in height. For my space, I’ve used a concrete planter to add a fair amount of height on one side. I then stacked pumpkins on top of that to create even more height.
I also used a wooden crate to create a level that was lower than the pumpkins, yet higher than the ground.
This will help balance the overall space and keep the entire area “active.” You want to draw eyes up and around your entire space, instead of them being focused on the ground. You also want to avoid any “dead space.” So, be sure to use plenty of layers.
And that’s it! That’s really all you need to create a simple, fall porch.
Once again, you can check out another simple fall porch that I did earlier this season by clicking here. And you can also see how I decorated my porch for fall last year. There are numerous similarities, but quite a few differences, as well!
Which of the three looks do you like the best?
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