These simple fall decor ideas for your front porch will give your porch a cozy, fall feel. Use these easy tips to decorate your front porch for fall! Then grab a mug of your favorite hot drink (or a glass of wine!) and enjoy these gorgeous days!
Fall weather comes late to North Carolina. Oh sure, we may get a taste of it for a few days. But then along comes second summer. And then third summer. Followed by fourth summer… You get the picture!
But even if it may not feel like fall, I love celebrating the season by making things look like fall! Especially on my front porch. Because even though the days still feel like summer around here, the early mornings and the evenings are starting to feel wonderful.
Here are some simple ideas for fall porch decor to give you all the fall feels.
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These are the types of items that live on your porch year-round. You can make some simple changes to them as the seasons change.
1. Large urns/planters
During the spring and summer, the large black planters in front of my sidelights hold ferns. Come fall, I swap them out for these faux boxwood topiaries. These topiaries will stay here until I swap them out for ferns again in March.
2. Layered Doormats
I love the look of layering the welcome mat with a patterned rug. It would be super fun to swap out the welcome mat for one with a fall message! But that wasn’t in the budget this year for me so I stuck with the neutral mat.
Lanterns are a great way to add some visual interest on your porch. I love how it looks to light the candles inside when we sit out front in the evenings. It makes the entire space feel so cozy!
4. Rocking chairs
Porches and rocking chairs go together like peanut butter and jelly! Is there anything better than rocking and watching the world go by? Or a storm come in?
5. Comfy pillows
Make your rocking chairs even more comfortable with some nice squashy pillows. I love using down-filled pillow inserts because they have better squooshability. That’s a word, right? It’s so easy to swap out the pillow covers with the seasons to give your porch a whole different vibe.
6. Cozy throws
Add a cozy throw on the back of your rockers or chairs. There’s nothing better than a throw to keep you warm as temperatures begin to dip in the fall!
7. Add a rug
If you have a covered porch, adding a rug really amps up the comfort level of your space! There’s nothing like taking off your shoes and having a nice indoor/outdoor rug underfoot. This is the one I have on my porch.
8. Candles for the win!
Along with your lanterns, a candle or two (or three!) can add to the nighttime ambiance on your porch. There aren’t as many bugs in the fall, so try swapping your citronella scents for something more seasonal.
9. Don’t forget a table
If you’re spending time out on your porch after getting it decked out for fall, a table is a must! It’s the perfect spot to set down your mug or your wine glass.
10. Use sunflowers to transition from late summer into fall.
I like using faux florals in some spots on my porch to keep the color going as long as possible. Plus I won’t have to buy new every year. I’ve had some of these florals for *ahem* decades… I really love these realistic looking sunflowers!
11. Use faux plants that are typically evergreen.
On the tiered plant stand behind me, I added some artificial yellow Queen Anne’s lace to two of the terra cotta pots. I use faux boxwood and asaparagus bush greenery in more terra cotta pots from spring through autumn.
12. You can’t go wrong with mums!
Over by my front door, I added some fresh mums. A few tips about choosing and caring for mums:
- Choose plants with more buds than blooms. That way you’ll be able to enjoy more time with them blooming!
- Don’t get water on the leaves or the flowers. Water causes them to turn brown! Who knew?! So always add water directly to the soil in the pot, underneath the leaves and blooms.
- Remove spent blooms (deadheading) to encourage more flowers to grow.
13. Spray Paint Baskets to Match
Don’t break the bank looking for pretty containers for your mums. I had several inexpensive, mismatched baskets. A can of spray paint was all it took to make them look like they all went together.
14. Change heights
Use stools, boxes, blocks of wood, or hay bales so that your florals can be displayed at different heights. I used a small stool on one side, and some blocks of wood on the other because I didn’t want that basket of mums to be as high as the other side. This trick helps a smaller number of pumpkins go a longer way!
15. Hang a wreath with Fall florals
I saw a wreath similar to this and it was WAY out of my price range. Thanks to Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, I purchased all the stems that I used at 50% off and added them to a grapevine base I already owned. This whole wreath cost less than $30 to make and it’s HUGE! You can learn how to make one for yourself here.
No fall porch decor is complete without some pumpkins! I love using a mix of faux and real pumpkins in a variety of sizes. Consider using one of your spray-painted baskets to corral a bunch of tiny pumpkins and let them spill out in front.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of my front porch and that you’ve gotten some ideas to inspire your own fall porch decor! I would like nothing more than for you to post and share pictures of your porches and tag @simply2moms so we can see them. Do you have any ideas to add? Share them in the comments below!
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