5 Tips for Creating a Welcoming Fall Porch

One of my favorite things to do when fall comes around is to decorate our front porch. It’s not an overly large space, but it is covered and cozy and the perfect spot to enjoy the fall weather. Instead of just giving you a tour of our favorite place to hang out when the weather turns cool, I thought I’d share my 5 tips for creating a welcoming fall porch.

Add fall color

I usually keep my fall color pallet pretty simple by picking one color and spreading it arounds to a couple of different spots on the porch. This year I chose yellow with a small touch of burgundy. Of course I kept my ferns, that I got in the spring, because they are still full and pretty.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums to a front door wreath.

5 easy and inexpensive tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums, pumpkins and candles.

Β Dress you front door

Nothing says welcome like a pretty fall wreath on the front door. You could always make one and personalize it to your taste, but it doesn’t have to be homemade, or complicated. I made our wreath this year, here, but there have been more than a few times I’ve used a basket and just added branches of leaves from the trees in my yard. It’s quick, easy and cheap, and adds a bit of fall color to the front door.

Not feeling crafty? There’s plenty of places to pick one up. Not everything needs to be handmade.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with yellow mums to a simple front door wreath.

Create a cozy spot to sit

Our porch isn’t a large space but we are able to accommodate seating for two. I like to bring a couple of pillows out from inside and a throw for those chilly fall nights. Even adding fresh flowers or a vase with branches from the yard will add to the cozy feeling. It’s our favorite spot to hang out or talk with neighbors when the weather turns cool.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests by adding a cozy seating area.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums to a cozy seating area

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with yellow mums to a cozy seating area with pillows and a throw.

It’s ok to use faux candlelight and pumpkins

I’m all about using the real deal to decorate but sometimes it just makes sense to use faux. For instance, I love to see candles flickering at night on our front porch. When we’re outside enjoying the space I light real candles but when we’re not, faux does the trick. You get the same effect without the worry that the house will burn down. I feel the same way about using faux pumpkins. Fall stretches through several weeks and it’s still warm in North Carolina. There’s no way real pumpkins are going to hold up so I pull out the faux. I usually buy a big pumpkin right before Halloween, but that’s it.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums to candlelight.

Keep it simple

Creating a welcoming fall porch doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With the exception of the 3 mums and 3 sunflowers, everything I used to decorate the porch this year I already had.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums and pumpkins to a front door wreath.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with fresh sunflowers to a cozy seating area.

I’m so ready to enjoy our little fall front porch. The mosquitos eat me alive as soon as I walk out the door so I haven’t been able to enjoy the porch all summer long. I have a feeling that we’ll make up for it during the next several weeks. πŸ˜‰

How do you decorate your porch for fall? Any tips to add to the list?

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall front porch for friends and visitors.

 

I’ve also shared my fall home tour, here, and a mirror turned fall centerpiece, here, if you want to check them out.

A Welcome Fall Home Tour with tons of fall decor inspiration and ideas to help you create a warm fall home. Welcome Fall Home TourΒ 

Create this DIY fall centerpiece with pumpkins and a thrifted antique mirror. A thrifty and easy fall decor idea. Easy Fall Centerpiece with an Antique Mirror

 

You can also find me atΒ Between Naps on the Porch,Β Worthing Court,Β Savvy Southern Style,Β French Country Cottage

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  1. MaryJean
    Tuesday,October 17, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Love your little “porch”. I would love to put cushions or pillows on my little “porch” but with our northern weather it would be a mess in no time at all. In fact, we had some rain with a lot of wind over the weekend and it knocked down a huge potted tree I had in back and in front it knocked over my huge mums. I wonder, do you have that problem?
    I guess I could stage it and take a photo and then remove the things that might get damaged. πŸ™‚

    • Kristi
      Friday,October 20, 2017 / 12:52 am

      Oh no! We are lucky that our furniture doesn’t get wet. The house sits under a huge oak tree (that’s why we call our house Oak Cottage πŸ˜‰ ) so it really protects the porch from a lot of weather. Of course we get tons of acorns this time of year…tons…but I like that my furniture is well protected. I do forget to bring my throw pillows in sometimes but they usually do ok outside. πŸ™‚

  2. Marlene Stephenson
    Tuesday,October 17, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Well, if i didn’t live all the way in Okla. i’d stop by and set with you on your beautiful porch. Thanks and have a great week or maybe a peek at the powder room.

    • Kristi
      Friday,October 20, 2017 / 12:55 am

      I would love for you to stop by for some sweet tea on the front porch. πŸ˜‰

      Hope you have a great weekend! We’ll be working hard in the powder room. Sneak peak coming. If you go to my Instagram Stories, I share quick peeks of our projects all the time. πŸ˜‰

  3. Thursday,October 19, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Very pretty! I use faux pumpkins at first too – and then switch to real a week or so before Halloween. We don’t carve ours until the day before Halloween because the deer come and have a feast if we leave them out!
    Shelley

    • Kristi
      Friday,October 20, 2017 / 12:58 am

      Thanks Shelley! I used to put our pumpkins out early when we lived in Chicago but the squirrels would have a field day with them. πŸ˜‰ In NC it’s just too warm to have them hanging around. I’m even having a hard time keeping my mums alive.

      Thanks for stopping in! Happy weekend!

  4. Sunday,October 22, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Your pretty post makes me wish I had a porch!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 24, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      It’s the first house that we’ve had a porch and we’re really enjoying it. πŸ™‚

  5. Tuesday,October 24, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Your Fall porch is truly welcoming. I love the all-weather wicker slipper chairs!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 25, 2017 / 5:07 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! We really enjoy using the space, and it’s fun to decorate. πŸ˜‰

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