Fall Porch Ideas

No matter the size of your porch, you can decorate it with style.  Today we’ll discuss easy ways to embrace fall on your front porch. Most of the porches everyone loves are loaded with pumpkins.  Sometimes it looks like there is little room to walk into the home because of the amount of decorations. I personally prefer a simple approach, but we all can pick and choose what ideas we use. Just a reminder that it isn’t safe to put pumpkins and flowers in front of the door or filling most of the steps. That’s a trip hazard.   The goal is for a welcoming entry with easy access. Now, let’s explore some beautiful ideas.



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Photo Etsy





Make the Front Door Center Stage


First make the front door the center of attention.  Choose a beautiful wreath and add a garland. You can use natural elements from your yard for a rustic look that costs pennies.  Your wreath can be a natural grapevine wreath, a colorful ribbon wreath, or even a mix of fall elements. It all depends on your style and theme.  For Halloween lovers, all kinds of spooky wreaths are available. If you want to make a real statement, use a wide piece of  ribbon to suspend a wreath from the front door.  I really love the rustic beauty of this entry below.



Photo Buzzfeed



Add a Bench or Chair


Benches in all the styles are available for your porch. If your porch is small, add a chair or stool.  Now sit and watch the sunset this fall and relax.



fall front porch ideas

Photo Birch Lane




Use Natural-hued or Warm-colored Outdoor Rug Beneath The  Bench



The secret to a rich look is layers and comfort.  A place to sit  with a rug makes it cozy.




Yacht Club Garden Bench

Photo Wayfair



Place Decorative Fall-hued Pillows & Cushions on Seating



You can buy or make pillows for the season. I personally like to buy zippered pillow covers and sometimes make my own cover with thrift store fabric.  You get a great look and again it’s penny wise.




Photo Chapman Place



Switch Out Your Door Mat


Many of us like to choose a neutral door mat and use it year round.  I have friends who love to change the door mat with the seasons.  So many styles and so much fun!  Don’t have a large budget? Buy a small  rug remant and paint it.  It is an inexpensive way to change the look of your entry.




Fall Doormat

Photo The DIY Playbook




Make Your Porch Cozy



By just adding a few simple things like colorful mums, baby pumpkins, and a throw blanket, you can give an inviting and cozy feel to your space. I would take the pumpkin out of the chair and put it to the right of the chair.  You’re not inviting anyone to sit when you fill the only seat.  Of course, if you have a vintage chair that isn’t sturdy but looks good, put the pumpkins in the chair.




Photo The Vintage Road



Go Vertical



Even if your entry is small, you can add a dimension by adding vertical decor that fools the eye and makes the area look larger.  Garlands,  cornstalks, ghosts and spiders  going around the front door will all draw the eye up. Below this fun entry say “BOO” to me.




Photo Cassie Reeder




Add A Fall Sign


A great way to add fall curb appeal on a budget is with a fall sign.  You can store it in the closet and pull it out again next autumn.  Many signs I’ve seen are a vintage piece of wood with painted words.  One of the least expensive DIY signs is probably a chalkboard sign and you change the greeting for the season.  I just love the simplicity of the old ladder with added letters to make a Halloween sign.  Now, how do I find a ladder like that?



Photo Prudent Penny Pincher



Decorate The Steps


Whether your porch is large or almost non-existent, if the stairs are wide enough, add an element to each side.  Continue the decorations on the ground to the sides.  It again draws the eyes and makes the space visually larger.   Below First Day of Home has a deep entry with little width. Both walls are lined with pumpkins and flowers .  The combination presents an inviting fall entry.




Front porch fall decorating ideas with grapevine wreath on black door, DIY wooden sign, pumpkins, mums and a fall mat

Photo First Day of Home



If your steps are not big enough for decorations, add pumpkins or other decorations on the ground beside both sides of the bottom step.  You’ve just expanded the steps visually.




Fall decorating ideas can be as simple as a few mums and pumpkins. See how this front porch turned into a classic fall look! #falldecorating

Photo Inspiration for Moms



Add A String Of Lights



Lighting makes us so happy at Christmas, and I believe it adds another dimension to most outside decorating.  Even if you have no porch, go ahead and hang a string of lights. It is  as beautiful for fall pumpkins as it is for the holidays.





Photo OneKindesign



Final Thought . . .


Whether you decorate your porch with pumpkins, pinecones, corn stalks, hay bales or even spiders and ghosts, I hope I’ve provided inspiration. Sending you warm thoughts of flickering fires in the fall evenings and good company.














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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

13 thoughts to “Fall Porch Ideas”

    1. I know how you feel as I love the beautiful big porches with center steps – maybe a swing would by my choice to the side.

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