Sharing with you my five best tips for decorating your front porch for fall and how my own creative endeavor turned out. Follow along for some fall front porch decorating ideas!
As soon as our delicious country mountain air turned crisp, I found myself with a deep desire to spruce up our porch for fall.
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Construction still looms around each corner, but I have this one strip at the front of our home that was calling my name. It was begging for some cozy vibes… even if the porch isn’t completely finished yet.
Fall Front Porch Decorating
This year, my goal was to find items that were affordable, natural, and could last past Christmastime. These days, we also avoid purchasing items that will go into storage for the rest of the year.
1) Give it a good fall clean first and foremost
I know we often reserve the spring time for our deep spring cleaning, but I think that is a mistake.
We are all about to hibernate in our cozy homes as cold weather approaches. If you are like our family, the busy fun of summer has left it all in shambles.
Fall can be a wonderful time to scrub, declutter and refresh so you can enjoy your space while you are home more.
When it comes to the porch, I highly recommend removing everything and sweeping or spraying it all down. I LOVE this super portable pressure washer.
2) Make your fall decor transitional
Think of what you put out on the porch as something that can easily transition from early fall, to Halloween, to Thanksgiving and even into Christmas and wintertime if possible.
I started with using pots that were super neutral and timeless. These 2 huge terra cotta pots were at an antique store for just $25. I thought they were so so lovely, and I loved the patina already on them from years of use!
Instead of purchasing something temporary like mums, I found these sort of wispy evergreen bushes. I knew they would stay green all fall and winter, then we could plant them in the ground come spring.
To make the greenery tie into the early fall season, I just plopped some white pumpkins inside and around and spilling over with pumpkin goodness.
These will last here until Halloween is over and I can easily clean up the look once Thanksgiving is here.
I’ve sprinkled sugar pumpkins around as well, because we plan to pressure cook these and make tons of pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is something we really enjoy canning, and it’s great that they can work as decor as well.
Some other transitional items to think over are the linens you bring out. I’ve been dying to get this neutral rug ever since I saw it in the Target Threshold line.
Once things get wet and muddy, I’ll probably layer it with one of those boot wiping scratchy door mats. I also got some new pillows for our rocking chairs and I opted for colors that would also work inside when I want to move them in.
The green pillow will be perfect for Christmas – isn’t’ that texture just so yummy!
The golden tan will look lovely in any of my kids rooms – so it’s fun to think of buying pieces that transition from the outside and inside seamlessly.
3) Try to avoid the Hobby Lobby look
There are darling wood signs, and graphic pillows, faux pumpkins in every variety imaginable.
But I’ve learned my lesson here the hard way. If you get sucked into spending your precious dollars on that stuff, you’ll then need somewhere to store it then you realize you’ll want to change things the next year you pull it out. Or forget about it entirely!
After moving totes around for so many house moves, and hosting so many garage sales, I have since fallen in love with a more natural approach to seasonal decorating. Which brings me to the next tip.
4) Look to nature for decor
Of all the seasons, fall is abundant with so many beautiful natural resources for all our decorating impulses. Use them on your porch and in your home for as long as you can!
Yes, this includes things like pumpkins, mums, corn husks, vibrant tree clippings, wheat stalks and so much more.
Keeping things natural allows me to play with oranges one year, or whites, greens, blues, browns and all the lovely fall color schemes.
This is a better alternative to being committed to any bold graphic colors I might have invested in for life while cruising the aisles of a store or market.
Be sure to check out my living room fall decor ideas too. We use a lot of natural elements inside too!
5) Something old, something new
Before you go and spend money on decor, pull out what you have that might work first. Then you can buy just a couple of new items to bring a different look year after year.
For me, I pulled out an old and well loved orange pillow I actually got from a thrift store. It’s been an accent pillow on my son’s bed until we remodeled it.
I pulled out an old throw with lovely neutral colors to cozy up this bench with the orange pillow. Then I allowed myself to wisely purchase the other transitional pieces like the rug and rocking chair pillows. Finally, I finalized the space with the natural items.
This will help you not get sucked into the temptation to buy so many new items, which really is a great tip for any space, not just your front porch.
Celebrate Fall with TIDBITS and Friends
As you can see, fall front porch decorating is really fun, but there is so much more to do! Be sure to check out all of our fall ideas: we’ve got DIY projects, recipes, gifts, and more. Check out these articles too:
You may want to pin to your fall Pinterest boards. Feel free to check out my fall inspiration too.
For more fun and super easy ideas for your fall decorating, I hope you’ll take a minute to visit my friends over at Grace in my Space and Pine and Prospect home, as they are sharing ideas with me as well today.