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40 Best Fall Porch Decorating Ideas to Welcome Autumn

You'll impress all those little trick-or-treaters with one of these charming displays.

Headshot of Amy MitchellBy Amy Mitchell
white farmhouse fall porch decor with orange door, plaid throw blanket on swing, magnolia garland, tobacco basket door wreathpinterest icon

It's no secret that we're big fans of fall over here. From the cooler weather, to the decadent cinnamon-spiked treats, to all the colors of the season making their way into our seasonal decorations, it just doesn't get better than the autumn months. And let's be honest — is there any space more fun to decorate for fall than your front porch? We're talking way beyond that gorgeous wreath that adorns your front door (though that is a necessity!). Give us all the cozy throw blankets, jack-o-lanterns, and mums, please and thank you.

Whether you have a sprawling wrap-around porch (lucky you!) or a tiny townhome walk-up, there's always an opportunity to bring a little seasonal style to your front porch and give your guests a warm welcome. After all, it's only a matter of time before those little trick-or-treaters stop by! Below, we've rounded up a few of our favorite front porch fall decorating ideas that are suitable for just about any home out there.


Add Grain Sack Accents

fall front porch decor featuring pumpkin stacks adorned with ribbon stripes beside bench with grain sack covered pillows
Becky Stayner

A country classic—vintage French grain sacks—inspires a simple and rustic embellishment for fall pumpkin stacks. Display on the porch, maybe next to a bench with pillows covered in grain sacks, to create a warm fall welcome.

To make: Simply Mod Podge striped ribbon either vertically or horizontally around white pumpkins. Display stacked on pumpkins, benches, or stools.


Perch Pumpkins on Crocks

pumpkins and mums in vintage crocks arranged on brick steps along chunky white wood railing leading to a covered front porch
Becky Stayner

This simple porch display just screams fall! Decorate the front steps or stoop with a menagerie of flat, wide pumpkins and mums perched on crocks.


Go for a Clean, Modern Look

boston architect heather wells's cabin retreat in north sutton, new hampshire is decorated for fall
Eric Piasecki / OTTO

With a deep wraparound porch no doubt spacious enough to pack in all the fall decorating ideas on this list, these homeowners opted for a spare approach to the season. A pair of chartreuse plantings that echo the paint color of the front door flank the steps. Groups of comfortable seating, including a hammock, provide a place to linger and enjoy the crisp, fall weather.

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Add Pretty Plaids

the back porch of a rancher home transformed by georgia designer james farmer is decorated for fall
Helen Norman

Even though this is actually a back porch, we love every one of these ideas for fall front porch decor: cozy plaid blankets and pillows, lanterns with glowing candles, an oversize grapevine wreath, fall flower arrangements, and of course, pumpkins!



For a Tiny Stoop, Less Is More

gray farmhouse with a orange floral fall front door wreath and pumpkins on front porch steps
Tara Donne

Because this 200-year-old restored New Hampshire farmhouse's exterior is so beautifully simple, just a tiny touch is all that's needed—a few pumpkins on the steps, a contrasting wreath, and an adorable row of white mini pumpkins sit on the door transom.

Related: Beautiful Autumn Wreaths to Brighten Up Your Front Door



Add Pops of Evergreen

pumpkins and green plants in metal planters decorate front porch steps of log cabin with green roof and jeep parked out front
Sarah Dorio

Wide front steps dotted with potted evergreens and orange pumpkins give this log cabin's entrance just the right amount of presence and charm. At night, string lights illuminate the space. We especially love the rusty old bike, at right, that carries a wooden planter to hold seasonal blooms all year long.


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Switch It Up with a Neutral Palette

white farmhouse front porch decorated for fall with paper leaf garland, white mums and heirloom pumpkins, shaker peg wreath

Crisp whites with pops of bright blue and muted oranges is a fresh, sophisticated color scheme for this time of year. Paper oak leaves glued to leafless branches create a dramatic window swag. Display white mums in bushel baskets and stack heirloom pumpkins on an array of colorful shaker boxes.



Step Up Containers with Fall Blooms

terra cotta pots of fall blooms and bench with yellow throw blanket decorate stone front porch of white cape cod style house
Dominique Vorillon

At this California board-and-batten cottage, stone porch steps wrap the entire house and provide the perfect perch for clusters of fall blooms in terra-cotta pots. A throw blanket for cool California nights and a pair of pumpkins rest on a simple bench under the window.

Related: Pretty Fall Flowers to Add Color to Your Autumn Garden



A Little Goes a Long Way

brick home with small front porch with built in benches decorated with pillows and pumpkins for fall

This cute little porch, with built-in benches, doesn't need much to make it festive. An oversize wreath hangs on the top portion of a charming Dutch door, while the benches get a soft accent from pillows.


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Swap Mums for Cabbages

white farmhouse with covered porch and yellow front door decorated for fall with dried hydrangea wreath, pumpkins cabbages
John Gruen

Fall cabbages tucked into the landscaping and planters with patina are a nice change from the season's ever-popular mums. A wreath of dried flowers hung on the happy gold door and pumpkins scattered casually below makes for an effortless fall look.



Add Rustic Accents

log cabin with a long front porch and an orange front door decorated for fall with yellow mums in galvanized buckets
Jean Allsopp

The orange paint on this log cabin's front door provides an easy jumping off point for other design decisions, like the matching pillows on the natural wood Adirondack chairs. An oversize tobacco basket between the windows and bright mums planted in galvanized buckets finish off the look.



Make a Tobacco Basket Door Hanger

white farmhouse fall porch decor with orange door, plaid throw blanket on swing, magnolia garland, tobacco basket door wreath

Nothing says fall like orange, yellow, and hunter green. Add gourds and magnolia leaves to a tobacco basket for a seasonal wreath. A magnolia garland, accented with dried bittersweet berries, frames the window. Line the steps with tree stumps topped with classic pumpkins and vintage lanterns.


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Decorate High and Low

double porch decorated for fall with grapevine wreaths and white pumpkins

If you are lucky enough to have a double-decker porch, be sure to add fall touches to both spaces. Grapevine wreaths with swaths of orange and yellow flowers adorn the doors. Cozy striped blankets are perfect for wrapping up with when rocking away on cool nights, while lanterns filled with candles offer soft, romantic light.



Go Nuts

fall porch with pumpkins, a pecan shell wreath, mums, and cozy blankets

Go big or go home, right?! This gracious covered porch packs it all in, with multiple stacks of pumpkins, a plethora of mums, plenty of plaid fall blankets and pillows, and an oversize wreath made from pecans.



Pick from the Yard

dry fall foliage on a porch with peacocks

No need to look any further that the backyard for pretty fall-colored foliage. Branches of colorful maple leaves and sprigs of dried flowers are all it takes to glam up the front porch.


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Make an Autumn Garland

olive branch garland

Drape a garland (this one is made from natural grapevine with seeded eucalyptus, olive branches, and preserved pink berries wired into it) over the porch window. Accent with white pumpkins and olive buckets.



Add Accents to the Native Plants

fall porch with pumpkins and green vines

Lush greenery grows all year long on this beautiful South Carolina porch, so all it takes to gussy up this scene for fall is a scattering of pumpkins and seasonal plants, like black-eyed Susans.



Use Bright Colors that Pop

chili ristras with yellow bikes

Chile ristras add a bright red pop of color to this New Mexico porch. No yellow bike? Try using golden-hued mums instead.


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Decorate with Corn Husks

fall porch decorating ideas corn husk wreath and garland over green door
Christopher Shane

Add some serious seasonal curb appeal with these easy autumn DIY projects.

For the garland: Cut a piece of ½-inch jute rope to your desired length (add a few extra inches to get the drapey effect at the top) and attach corn husks and silks with a hot-glue gun. (You can also use tamale wrappers.)

For the wreath: Start with a flat-wire 18-inch frame. Hot-glue corn husks (roughly 18) and corncobs (roughly 9) in an alternating pattern. Fray the ends of the corn husks to add dimension.



Add Contrasting Colors

blue door with heirloom orange and blue pumpkins

Hints of bright orange contrast perfectly with the bright blue door of this New Mexico entryway. A driftwood wreath adds rustic flair.


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Amy Mitchell

Amy Mitchell is the managing editor at Country Living Magazine. She writes about a wide range of topics, including homes and lifestyle content.

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