Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating for Autumn: A Warm Welcome in Your Porch, Patio, and Portico

The vast outdoors rapidly change once fall arrives. A fine way to welcome the gorgeous new season is to redecorate your home exteriors and give them a wonderful look that perfectly matches autumn. In our second feature on Decorating for Autumn, we give you marvelous ideas for your porch, patio, and portico that will brilliantly complement the deep and spectacular colors of everyone’s favorite season.

Sara's front porch, transformed

Pumpkins and and Autumn Abundance Wreath and Garland added lively colors to this entryway


The Splendor of Fall Wreaths

An autumn wreath was an inviting focal point for this cozy patio

One of the easiest ways to give your outdoor space a touch of autumn color is to hang a fall wreath on your front or backdoor. Pick out a wicker woven wreath base filled with assorted fall leaves that feature the radiant hues that are present in the landscape. This addition perfectly complements most door colors and immediately marks your front entrance or patio with the atmosphere of the season.

The Beautiful Blooms of the Season

The season’s blooms and a magnolia garland spruced up this tablescape

Autumn is also known for its enchanting blooms, so filling the space near your portico or back porch with some is always a wonderful idea. Pansies, mums, sunflowers, sedum, aster, and coneflowers can bring a fresh atmosphere to your exteriors. You can also hang these blossoms for a more elegant look. What’s particularly delightful is that autumn blooms set the ideal mood in your home and establish the tone that the rest of your indoor spaces will have.

The presence of vibrant flora can also benefit your fire pit area. A touch of color makes this place of warmth all the more appealing. What’s even more marvelous is that the glow from the fire accentuates the lively shades of your potted plants.

The Bountiful Harvest of Autumn

Pumpkins, both real and artificial, lined these front door steps

Nothing embodies fall more than pumpkins and gourds. They have become a symbol of this time of year and a staple during Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. Naturally, these make excellent décor pieces. Pumpkins lined up on your front porch can create a subdued but sophisticated visual. These pumpkins, when placed near fall flora, also bring life and an air of holiday anticipation to your space.

An assortment of pumpkins on a table display

For a more prominent décor piece, you can also consider creating a generous display on the side of your gazebo or near your patio. Arranging pumpkins with yellow and orange blooms in pots can create a striking display that instantly attracts attention. The mix of autumn hues complements the falling leaves and adds brilliance to this often bleak climate and shorter days of the year!

Fill your outdoor spaces with the captivating allure of autumn.  For more inspiring ideas, visit Balsam Hill’s fall wreaths and holiday decor for the season.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.
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