With autumn upon us and the glory of fall foliage beginning to reveal itself, now is an opportune time to decorate for fall. Some of my Fairfield and Westchester clients call me to do this for their homes so I thought I would share with you my tips for creating an autumn front porch with designer appeal. These ideas will not only bring you personal joy and inspire passersby, it could very well be the envy of your neighborhood.
So let's get right into it.
Placing a wreath on your front door, in an autumnal hue, is one of the easiest things you can do to add a festive touch to your home. There are a variety of styles from simple to ornate as well as a range of prices to fit any budget. Another consideration is whether you want a wreath for single use or one that you can store away to use again next year. If you are the creative type you can even do it yourself.
Here are some ideas:
Keep it monotone with multiple textures for a crisp & clean look.
Dried corn husks, oat, flax on a natural twig base from Terrain
Incorporating natural elements adds color & depth. Top it off with a burlap bow.
Maple leaves, wheat, feathers with a burlap ribbon from Williams Sonoma
Spice it up with seasonal elements in fall tones & go asymmetrical for artistic flair.
Daisies, bay leaves, cranberries & pumpkins from Frontgate
For maximum cheer go bold & big with orange pumpkins & memorable fall foliage.
Golden maple leaves, magenta dahlias & orange wildflowers from Balsam Hill
If you do nothing else, splurge on the biggest bushel of mums that you can find and that your porch can handle. Start by flanking the front door with two of the same size and color. If you want to add more, go for a variety of colors and sizes and place them at varying heights on the steps or on different size stools, crates and tables.
You can intersperse pumpkins and gourds in varying sizes and colors on their own or amongst the mums. You can really have fun with all different varieties of gourds available now! Stack and artfully arrange them and possibly include small bales of hay, grasses, cat tails, or green and purple cabbage in planted pots for added interest.
For a special touch that you can use year after year, get some inexpensive throws and outdoor pillows in fall colors and patterns. Not only will it give your porch a cozy look, it will extend its usefulness into the cooler weather.
Get creative with your design and make it uniquely yours. Add a rustic sign with a saying and fall-up your outdoor decor with seasonal objects. I love how the corn husks look in the lantern.
For something different narrow your color palette to a small range of colors or go full monochrome.
And speaking of getting creative, let your imagination go. These metallic pumpkins add a touch of sophistication, the house numbers painted on these pumpkins are whimsical and the burlap bag stuffed with flowers instead of a traditional wreath add a farmhouse touch.
I hope this has provided you with some inspiration to create a beautiful fall porch that your whole family will enjoy. I'd love to see your pictures of what you do, so feel free to send them to me by email or on Instagram and Facebook. And if you have a special occasion coming up or just want to give your house a designer look and don't have the time, kellydesigns can decorate your home too!