You’ll love these simple fall porch ideas! Learn how to add color and texture and all the fall feels without breaking the bank.
I always say my favorite season is summer.
Those long, lazy days.
Reading a book by the pool or at the beach.
Having the kids home from school.
Yup, summer is heavenly!
Until I feel that first cool morning that signals fall is just around the corner.
Then I’m all Fall-lal-lal-lal-lal!
And give me all the pumpkin spice!
Once the mums show up at my local grocery store I’m all in for all things Fall.
Speaking of which, you’re going to love the money-saving secret for fall decorating that AnnMarie and I shared here!
When Should I Decorate My House for Fall?
This is a huge debate, isn’t it?!
For years I was firmly in the don’t decorate for Fall until September 21 camp.
But then we started having big Halloween parties and it didn’t feel like there was enough time to enjoy traditional fall decor.
So then I joined the decorate for fall over Labor Day weekend camp.
I say do what makes you happy!
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There is no right answer except for that one!
Although there are some things to consider if you decide to decorate your porch for fall on the early side.
If you’re decorating for fall with mums when it’s still really hot outside, those mums are gonna need plenty of water!
Especially if they’re in pots.
Also, did you know your mums will last longer if you don’t get the water on the leaves and flowers?
I’m not sure why that’s a thing because wouldn’t rain get water on them?
But I read that a few years ago, and it actually does make a difference in how mine look!
You’ll also want to dead head your mums to keep them blooming longer.
And isn’t that always the goal?!
Also, if you choose mums with buds that are mostly closed you get to enjoy more of their beautiful blooms.
But be careful with that one!
You might end up with different colors than you thought…
I decided to do something a little different this year and included some coleus plants on my fall porch.
I really love the variety they add to my front porch entryway!
And look at me not being symmetrical for a change!
These huge potted mums were 2 for $12 at our local grocery store, so I got four of them.
The fourth pot is down at the end of the porch on the side where we usually sit in the mornings.
And of course you can never go wrong with pumpkins on your fall porch!
Thanks to AnnMarie, now I’m partial to heirloom pumpkins because of their fun variety of shapes and colors.
They’re so fun to stack!
These oblong pumpkins had such interesting shapes and coloring. The big striped one has a curve that was the perfect spot for the orange one to lean into!
Our local grocery store sells these gorgeous heirloom pumpkins for only $5.99 each!
For any size!
If your porch gets a lot of sun, or if it’s still really hot out, you might want to soak your pumpkins in a solution (1 Tbsp bleach per 4 cups water) for 20 minutes to kill any mold or bacteria.
It really does help them to last longer and not rot as quickly.
What Can I Put On My Porch for Fall?
It’s so fun to get creative when you decide what to put on your porch to decorate for Fall.
I love adding color on my front porch this time of year!
If you like decorating with color too be sure to check out our 13 simple ideas for adding fall color to your home.
For me, that fall color starts with the wreath on my front door.
I made that wreath when I couldn’t stomach the cost to buy a similar one online! Those big yellow sunflowers and orange Chinese lanterns always make me smile.
A great way to save money, but still make a statement with your decorating, is to choose some items that live on your porch year-round.
I also love using the same baskets and urns to hold plants year after year.
The round baskets started out as brown bushel baskets from Walmart. The rectangular baskets were a steal at $2 each from our farmer’s market!
To make them work with my porch color scheme, I spray-painted them black with matte black paint.
Some other great options for your fall porch decorating are large dried gourds. I love that you can store them and use them again for many years.
Small gourds like the ones below are another fun option. These bumpy gourds were only $.89 a piece at our grocery store!
Since they’re small, group them together to make a statement.
Try having them spill out of a painted terra cotta pot.
Or maybe combine them with some dried flowers in a tall tiered plant stand.
You can also add faux floral stems to your porch for fall.
This vintage bucket hold three faux fall branches for a great pop of color that can be used for years.
Be sure to check out these other ways to use fall floral stems throughout your home!
How to Dress Your Porch Rockers for Fall
Last year I shared some tips for making your porch cozy for fall.
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I swapped out the checked throws for these super soft plaid chenille throws this year.
Pillow covers are an inexpensive way to change up how your rocking chairs look for different seasons.
And it’s great to be able to easily wash them to get rid of pollen!
A porch rocker is the perfect spot for a mug of tea to enjoy the beautiful fall temperatures, don’t you think?
But AnnMarie and I both prefer tea.
What’s your favorite way to decorate your porch for fall? Tell me about it in the comments below!