Celebrate Fall With The Perfect Porch Harvest Decor
There’s no place like home, and there’s certainly no place like a front porch to share festive fall decor with friends, family and neighbors! If you’re ready to level up your curb appeal this autumn, look no further than our fresh tips for a tasteful harvest-themed ambiance. Remember: fall decor is about celebrating the season, not the weather, so living in a warm climate doesn’t mean you can’t go all out for autumn (pumpkin spice optional).
Assess your fall decoration space
Defining your home’s front entry space gives you the chance to create a strong first impression and to bring a positive aesthetic contribution to the streetscape. It also makes for a welcoming pathway into your home that helps you relax and decompress as soon as you arrive. Whether you’re decorating for Halloween or autumn themes, there’s tons of ways to bring the fall feels season to your space.
If your home doesn’t have a front porch, not to worry; there’s ample opportunity to decorate your front door or create harvest-themed vignettes on balconies or in windows. Likewise, porches with less square footage might lead you to think beyond the front stoop.
With some creative decorating ideas, a small space is no limitation! Sizing up your “canvas” will help you pick out the pieces and decorations that make sense for the overall effect.
Choose your front porch color palette
Once you’ve got a handle on the space you’ll be working with, start your front porch design process by determining the color palette you’d like to use.
- Soft, neutral colors easily transition from season to season.
- A bold or unexpected color palette is eye-catching and memorable.
- If you’re a traditionalist, you might want to stick with organic autumnal shades like burnt orange, yellow, rusty red and brown.
- For a more glamorous effect, try mixing metallics.
There’s no right or wrong, and you’re free to switch it up from year to year!
Use the front door as the focal point of your decor
The front door of your home makes for a ready focal point and a natural extension of the living space within. For an affordable seasonal refresh, you can easily repaint the door to match your selected color palette or use it to center any symmetrical arrangements you plan to place on either side.
Add a traditional door wreath, or if you’re feeling crafty, make your own wreath! You can create a grapevine wreath with faux or real flowers, or add alternative door hangings like wood slices, dried wheat bouquets, or non-organic, geometric wreaths that won’t die.
Add a patterned doormat or layer a smaller one on top of a larger one to mix textures. With your front door as the anchor point, porch decor will feel curated and aesthetically satisfying.
Seek out harvest-themed materials
The great thing about harvest decor is that you don’t have to break the bank to pull the look together. You can repurpose items you might already have on hand, like old crates, vintage ladders, or plywood pieces you can quickly stencil or paint, and then combine these pieces with other items and new purchases for a high-low mix.
People tend to feel at ease when they see elements that bring up comforting memories and experiences, and the autumn harvest season offers lots of sensory material to tap into! Think hay bales, pumpkins, and gourds (painted to match your color palette or au natural), milk buckets, burlap accents, a chalkboard with friendly fall greetings, bar stools for decor display, and cozy plaid throw blankets.
Let your autumn decor draw from nature
Plants and natural elements serve to animate the space and make your porch feel warm and inviting, so be sure to stock up on nature’s original harvest motifs! Add pinecones, acorns, fall flowers housed in a mix of planters, urns or baskets (mums are the ultimate autumn blooms), leaves, sticks, branches, crisp apples, tall, dried corn stalks or wheat to frame the front door, tall potted grasses, hanging foliage or dried florals. Whether your style tends towards farmhouse, modern or eclectic, natural elements honor the fall season and enliven your porch display.
Don’t forget about porch lighting
Autumn means that dusk falls earlier, which gives you the chance to take your porch coziness to the next level with some tasteful outdoor lighting. Drape a few strands of string lights for a warm outdoor glow or arrange lanterns on either side of your front door, outer staircase or walkway. Railroad lanterns or those made from galvanized steel offer a rustic touch that’s both functional and thematic.
Add depth to your front porch with interior design tricks
When it comes to artfully displaying and arranging objects, the rules of interior decorating apply. Add depth and dimension to your harvest vignettes by layering and stacking objects to play with scale and lead the eye towards your focal point. For example, a hay bale can serve as a table for pumpkins, vases, or vintage crates. A rustic ladder leaning against the wall can display soft throw blankets or patterned tablecloths. Layered lanterns of assorted sizes act as a backdrop for a triptych of pumpkins or watering cans holding sunflowers. The layout options are endless and can be as extravagant or as minimalist as your taste.
Make the most of your home’s existing features
Every house has unique architectural features; take advantage of them when decorating! For example, drape a garland over statement windows, set candles or tiny pumpkins to peak out of windows, or create a vignette off to one side if your front porch isn’t symmetrical. You can let your design vision extend to the steps or front yard as well, based on available space.
Create a decorated seating area
One surefire way to ensure family, friends and guests enjoy your front porch harvest moment is to create a seating area where everyone can bask in the cozy comforts of fall. It doesn’t have to be enormous; even small corners can be set apart with a strategically placed outdoor rug and a modest seating arrangement.
Now is the time to install that porch swing and layer it with soft cushions! A wooden bench, a rocking chair or a few hay bales with blankets and matching throw pillows will also make for an inviting space to sip on pumpkin spice lattes and chat about Thanksgiving plans.
Make your fall decorations feel personal
Your porch is an extension of your household, so why not let your family’s unique story shine through? Decorate a pumpkin with your house number or your alma mater; paint the outline of a state and mark the spot of your hometown. Add monogrammed throw pillows to the mix. Displaying a chalkboard is another fun way to share words or a saying that’s significant to your family.