Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Elegant Front Porch Autumn Decorating

The warm colors of autumn are a beautiful muse for creating your own seasonal home decor. The perfect place to start, your front porch is a versatile setting for a fall-inspired design. Transform your front porch into a welcoming and elegant haven for you and your guests with these ideas:

Wreaths and garlands

Bring a touch of autumn into your porch design with a wreath and garland on the door. While a fall-inspired wreath already exudes the spirit of the season, complementing it with a garland creates a more dramatic visual impact. A grapevine wreath and matching garland is perfect for any home design. Floral wreaths and garlands, as well as those made of fall leaves, are also great options. Beautify porch pillars with vine garlands or corn stalks twined together.

If you opt to do without a garland, loosely bundle together some twigs interspersed with dried leaves and flowers, and position it on top of the door frame. Or, maximize the space on your door mantel by lining it with some small preserved gourds or a series of rattan balls.

Flowers and topiaries

Flowers in orange, yellow, or purple tones add rich color to your front porch. Display a hanging basket or two with mums, asters, goldenrod, or sweet potato vines near the entryway. Alternatively, plant these flowers in a pair of black or white urns on pedestals and position them beside the door for hints of fall color.

Topiaries are also a classy way to cheer up your porch. Decorate topiaries with pine cones or orange balls tied with bronze ribbons for a personalized look. Mount dried twigs or long stalks of dried grasses in a wooden bucket with a ribbon tie for a more creative alternative.

Pumpkin displays

Pumpkins are popular elements of fall decorations. Using urns as a base, create a pumpkin topiary by piling three pumpkins of different colors on top of each other. Tie a ribbon on the topmost pumpkin and let it cascade to the floor.

On a corner of the porch or stairs, position a wooden crate or bucket on its side and place pumpkins of different sizes and colors in and around it, so it looks as if the pumpkins had tumbled down the stairs in a rustic yet charming display of abundance. If available, add one or two bales of hay to the scene for an extra pastoral touch.

Interesting centerpieces

A wicker basket with an array of small pumpkins is a simple yet elegant centerpiece for your outdoor table. Repaint old lanterns and fill them with small pumpkins for a unique showpiece. Add pine cones to these for more texture.

Berry branches or bundles of wheat grass in tall crystal vases also bring an autumn feel to your al fresco dining table. An orange potted flower ball also makes for a conversation starter that constantly lures you outdoors. Reuse vintage items, like an old watering can or a small metal bucket, as trendy vases and fill them with bundles of dried leaves and flowers.

Implemented with additional details like leaf-printed cushion covers and accessories, these ideas will help you establish a sophisticated home exterior this fall.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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