I love (no, LOVE) decorating my porches for the seasons! Adding festive touches are a great way to create a warm atmosphere and welcome guests as they walk up to your door. As I was putting together my fall front porch this year, I realized that I tend to follow the same “formula” for building my porch decor. There’s a formula for decorating your porch? Not officially! But I definitely favor incorporating a lot of the same elements, regardless of season. So I thought it would be helpful to share a few of my suggestions!
Create the Foundation: Layered Rugs and Stackables
I always start at the bottom and work my way up, so it makes sense that rugs are one of the first things I think about. I’ve already written about my love of layering outdoor rugs…needless to say, I’m a fan! Starting with a long outdoor rug and layering a doormat on top can help to make your entrance feel wider. It can also help to dress up any steps you may have leading up to your door (like mine—really, one step?!).
I used this Red Plaid Safavieh Outdoor Runner for fall and it stays on my front step right through winter! I bought a long runner size and cut it to fit my step. I even had enough leftover to make a smaller mat for my side door! As I was perusing online, I found this Black Chevron Runner for an absolute steal…it would be perfect for Halloween!
After the base layer is in place, just layer a cute doormat on top! This “Hello Fall” mat from Threshold for Target has subtle coloring and a pretty script. The skeleton “Watch Your Step” mat, also from Target, would look great layered on top of the black chevron runner…and at under 10 bucks, you can’t beat the price!
Once I have my rugs all set, I start to think about larger items I can use to create some height around my door. I call these items “stackables” because, ahem, I usually end up stacking stuff on top of them (very scientific, I know). Hay bales, wooden crates, even pumpkins—these are all great for stacking smaller items on top of. I found the old wooden crate I’m using on my porch in our barn, but you can get a similar look with wood crates like this one, which are sold at most craft stores.
Containers, Containers, Containers
Now that the stage is set with a solid foundation, I move on to any containers I might need. Planters are the obvious first thought, but I also recently shared sources for stacking planters that are great for holding smaller plants or pumpkins/gourds. I also like to think of out-of-the-box ways to use other items I might have lying around. Case in point: lanterns. I’m not sure how it came to pass, but I’ve become a lantern hoarder. My attic has an entire shelf of random lanterns that I’ve amassed over the years. Why not put them to use? I filled a couple of black lanterns with pumpkins for a fun twist…but you could also get outdoor candles to create an inviting glow. Ikea is my favorite place to get affordable, stylish lanterns. They have a huge selection, including this Sinnesro Lantern, which is $9.99!
Bring in Natural Elements
After I have a plan for containers, I work in allllll the natural elements. Florals, gourds, pine boughs, branches…whatever is in season is fair game in my book! For fall, I chose a large mum with some grasses and a few pumpkins scattered about. I’ll probably add more as we get further into the season, but I’m definitely a “less is more” kinda gal! I found some gorgeous front porch decor ideas from Better Homes and Gardens and just love the way they place natural items around the door…collected, but effortless.
Hang a Wreath
Next, I move up to the door and choose a wreath. One of my favorite tricks is to use wired ribbon to hang a wreath. You can adjust the length however you want based on your door and it’s easy to use thumbtacks to affix the ribbon to the very top of your door where no one can see it! This Balsam Hill Fall Harvest Wreath has a great mix of florals and pumpkins in traditional autumn colors. For something different, this Brown and Burgundy Magnolia Wreath from Kirkland’s caught my eye!
Bonus: Fun Signage or Plaques!
Sometimes I like to add a fun sign or plaque to finish off my decor. I have a few Halloween signs that will be making an appearance here in the coming weeks. But for something that is great for all the fall months, try these pumpkin easel signs from Kirkland’s—they come in Orange and Wood/Galvanized. They come with an easel so you can either prop them up against something or leave them free-standing!
How are you decking out your porch for the fall season? I’d love to hear more about the must-haves you incorporate!