September 2nd over here, and I feel like I’m officially allowed to get fall started in my home. It feels a little weird because we are still in the 90s in East Tennessee. I’m not quite ready for all the apple desserts and pumpkin treats, but nevertheless, I’m ready to put a period on summer and get fall started.
This is our second fall here in Tennessee, and it is taking a little getting used to. We are used to the NY fall schedule, and last year, we tried the pumpkin patch on the first weekend in October, like we would have done in New York. Well, being cooked alive in the corn maze sort of taught us to make some adjustments.
However, fall decorating is not one of them. And first on the agenda is the porch.
Farmhouse Fall Porches: Decor Priority Number One
I love starting with the porch for 2 reasons. First, back in NY, I had a small stoop but no real porch. In our new house, while it’s not a full on porch, it’s big enough to do some legit fall decorating. Second, we don’t have a lot of visitors in our home (new to the area, not a lot of friends yet, lol), so decorating the outside is a little more satisfying, knowing all my hard work will get a little more exposure.
I’m looking through some of these beautiful Fall DIY wreaths to get started on (because wreaths are SO expensive) for the door and some Fall Farmhouse DIY projects to start gathering ideas and supplies for both inside and outside, but the porch is first on the agenda.
And, if you have a small (or no) budget to work with, I hear ya, sister! I’ve pulled together some of my best decorating ideas for fall when you are on a shoe-string budget. You can do things cheaply, yet pull off an amazing look! Here’s an example of what I did with my porch, for very little money!
Top 10 Pro-Tips for Decorating Fall Porches
Last year, we were in a rental so I didn’t really invest too much in decorating our fall porch. Knowing we weren’t going to be there too long, I didn’t want to spend money on decor that might not translate to our new house. So this year, I’m going through the fall decor box and seeing what I need to make a serious push to get our porch on track for a farmhouse fall. Here are some tips I’m following that you can follow too, as you’re thinking about how you want to decorate your porch for fall.
1| Think through your decor style.
As you look through the pictures below, think about the kind of look you’re going for. Do you want a more traditional look with lots of leaves, hay bales, corn stalks with more traditional fall colors? Do you want a more modern style? Minimalist? Rustic? Your porch an be an extension of your inside decor, but it doesn’t have to be. But having an idea of the look you’re going for is smart, or otherwise, Hobby Lobby can eat your budget alive.
2| Think through your color scheme.
This will also tie into your decor style. If you’re going more traditional, chances are you’ll have more orange, burgundies, and gold type of colors. You might want to choose more neutral colors like light blue or light green. Or maybe you want to pick a color that’s a little more out of the box to emphasize like a deep plum and use that as a base for decor. Either way, stick with the decor and color you’re decided on. One thing to keep in mind is the color of the area you decorating – the door, the shutters, the porch, etc. Ideally, you want your decor to tie in with the existing color that’s there that can’t be removed.
And, think about creative ways to tie in color! We often have in our heads the typical ways to use color: wreaths, pumpkins, mums. But think outside of the box for more ways to tie in colors. Don’t forget about rugs and mats, lanterns, candles, etcs – all ways you can tie in your color scheme.
3| Get some height.
Try to use all the space in your area, including the height. Chairs, benches, ladders and tables all work great to lift decor and add height. If don’t have a table or chair to raise some of our decor – or space for that, you can get cornstalks or scarecrows or vertical wood signs to fill in some vertical space, or you can even stack hay bales. All of those will work to lift the eye. Even adding a sign on the wall can fill in some of that empty space.
4| Layers, layers, layers.
There are so many great ways to layer up decor. Flowers placed in front of a sign on a table, pumpkins stacked up, a rug underneath a welcome mat. Make the best use of your 3-dimensional space and see how you can add depth. You can layer up and layer back as well!
5| Include natural elements.
Fall is all about the outdoors, so having a nice array of natural decor works so well. The possibilities are endless for what you can include: hay bales, corn stalks, mums, kale, pumpkins, gourds, wheat, etc. Even dried flowers like hydrangeas, branches, and pine cones, are fantastic to include (and pine cones transition great for Christmas as well!).
Certain natural elements tie in with certain styles better – like dried hydrangeas and branches great for a rustic style. White pumpkins, kale, and cabbage work well with neutral farmhouse styles, while hay bales, cornstalks and bright mums complement a traditional style amazingly!
6| Don’t forget about lighting!
We all typically have an overhead porch light, but fall is such a great time to add in other lighting. Lanterns with battery operated candles are an easy and cheap way to add lights, and think about white lights on some topiaries or evergreen planters. And stringing white lights around the porch packs a ton of punch!
7| Include cozy effects like quilts and pillows.
If you have covered areas you’re decorating, considering including a throw blanket or a pillow. Just 1 or 2 items can totally up the cozy factor on your porch. A blank draped over a ladder or pillow sitting on a chair can add a soft, inviting touch.
8| Include furniture and other props.
There are so many ways you can use furniture and other props on a porch. Of course, if you have a table, a chair, a bench – those work incredibly well. But you can also use a wagon, a ladder, a bookshelf or some wooden crates for places to add decor. Thrift stores are great to find some cheap furniture that will work well on the porch.
9| Don’t forget signs!
There are so many great signs you can include – tall DIY signs, ones that sit on top of a table or bench, a banner that can hang across a door, or one that can go on the wall! You don’t need to go crazy with words, but 1 or 2 well-placed signs really add a finishing touch!
10| When in doubt, copy the picture.
Sometimes it’s hard to put all this together on our own, right? Below are 30 different pictures you can just copy if you want! That just takes all the guesswork out. If you like a particular look, be sure to go back to the original site. There are usually many more pictures from different angles with different elements that just can’t fit in one picture.
And you can always mix and match as well. You might like a few elements from one picture and something else from another. As long as they complement each other, go for it!
30 Fall Farmhouse Porch Decorating Ideas
Are you ready?!? Trust me, I’m taking good notes as well as I’m looking through these pictures! You’ll really see how the top 10 pro-tips are utilized in these pictures.
Let’s get started!
1 | from Modern Glam
If you like this look, definitely visit this site. It’s amazing! My favorite thing about this one is the lighting. I love the round white lights strung from the top as well as the lights in the evergreen planters. This is a great mix of traditional decor with some more contemporary additions with the white pumpkins. Cozy pillows, layered rug under the mat -And that sign adds in the farmhouse look we all love so much. This look checks off all the boxes.
2 | from Such the Spot
This is another post you NEED to see. It’s stunning. The picture does not do it justice, and there are many more angles to see. I LOVE the rustic look of this porch, and that ribbon banner sign. Such a simple, beautiful way to make your porch stand out from the others. She nailed it here.
3 | from Burlap and Blue
I love this very simple, clean look. The purple mums really make the porch pop, and if you are into a more minimalist design, this is great inspiration!
4| from Where the Smiles Have Been
This porch just yells all things fall. The traditional colors here are vibrant and classy. Using very traditional fall decor, it’s really styled to perfection. If you are into a very symmetrical look, this one is a great one to model.
5 | from Our Crafty Mom
This is great inspiration for a small front porch. One Crafty Mom really made the most of this area. Olive buckets and lanterns filled with pumpkins and gourds is a great fall touch, and those pillows on the bench add that cozy touch I was talking about!
6 | from Life on Summerhill
If simple and clean is your style, this is for you. Some wooden pumpkin signs, some mums and a few pumpkins are all you need, especially if you’re working with a small corner area.
7 | from Gingham Gardens
This is a great example of a small corner vignette with traditional elements. The hay bale lifts some of the decor along with a small bench. Including the watering can and birdhouse is also a great way you can use decor that is typically summer and transition it into fall decor.
8| from Love Our Real Life
If you like a real natural, rustic outdoor look, this is a great one to imitate. Using mostly greens and browns, this keeps things very rustic and simple by adding in some white mums in barrel planters and a wood stump table.
9| from Hearth and Vine
I love the ‘fall garden’ appeal to this decor. The hydrangeas carry over well to a fall look, and the plants are an easy way to add in some fall colors without the maintenance of flowers. Be sure to click over to see more intricate details.
10 | from Domestically Creative
I love this twig pumpkin topiary sitting on top of the planter! That’s a great use of decor that’s already there. This vignette does a great job of using traditional decor but adding in some modern touches with the metallic pumpkins, and throwing in some cozy with the fuzzy blanket!
11 | from The Savvy Sparrow
I love the clean look of this porch. A few well-designed, well-placed elements that compliment each other really very nicely – the wood FALL sign, the wooden pumpkins – a great combination! Also, FALL sign is a DIY project, and you can click to the site to get the details on how to make it!
12 | from Pink Fortitude
This is a great example of traditional decor packing a big punch! The scarecrow, the mums, the pumpkins all bring that fall feel. The cornstalks and ladder add some height as well. I love how this spot all comes together.
13 | from Inspiration for Moms
This is a great example of a more modern take on fall porch decor. The white and green pumpkins, the greenery – all give a cozy feel, but the purple mums and buffalo check mat add just the right amount of color to take things up a few notches. Love this clean, updated look.
14| from PMQ for Two
If you like bright, bold colors, this one is for you! Here are some out-of-the-box elements thrown in that work perfectly: the black and white stripe table and planter, the blue stand and blue pumpkin. Not what you traditionally think of for fall decor, but it adds so much interest and vibrancy!
15 | from Hearth and Vine
This is another classy, clean look for fall. A few well-placed flowers, some dried hydrangeas, and a pumpkin topiary. It’s all ya need. P.S. – the topiary is a DIY project so click over to recreate one for yourself!
16 | from Tag and Tibby
This is another simple look that delivers big effects. Wire baskets are included to add some height along with the existing planters. Wheat is another fantastic fall element to include, and the wreath on the door is a great piece for fall, Christmas or winter!
17 | from The Honeycomb Home
This is such a charming area for fall! I love the non-traditional light blue color that the milk can brings to the area, and it works so well with the white mums and light-colored pumpkins. I just want to sit out here with a hot cider on a lazy September Saturday!
18 | from Making Manzanita
I love the coziness of this spot. The baskets on the door are an original take on a fall wreath. The small step ladder is a perfect way to stack fall decor. The neutral colored pumpkins work perfectly with her door color, and by the way, the white pumpkins are a DIY project! Be sure to check those out, too!
19 | from Our Home Made Easy
You can see that this decor is primarily plants, flowers, and a few pumpkins, and the effect is beautiful! You really don’t need a whole lot more than that. And the ladder planter is a great way to add some height and display the fall plants. The chalkboard style FALL sign adds the finishing touch.
20 | from Sand Dollar Lane
This is another great example of styling a small porch area. The dried hydrangeas work perfectly on the door and on the chair, and I love the uniqueness of the picnic basket as a fall prop. Super cozy spot!
21 | from Sugar and Charm
The plant in the corner is the focal point of this design, and it shows that just one amazing, well-placed piece can carry most of a decorative area. There are lanterns and pumpkins for accents, the fall corner arrangement in those rich, fall colors, steals the show here. Just beautiful!
22 | from Sustain My Craft Habit
This porch shows traditional fall decor that’s simple, clean, and cozy! The scarecrows and cornstalks add some height, the pillows and blankets add the cozy!
23| from Liz Marie Blog
You can never go wrong getting ideas from Liz Marie. You can search her site and come up with a million inspirations. Pumpkins and ornamental kale are the primary objects here, with some pumpkin-colored mums thrown in. Just filling your space with these elements has SUCH a dramatic effect.
24| from Carlyle Thornton
This is another minimalist look that packs a big punch, especially if you have a small area. Stacked pumpkins give a pumpkin patch feel, and a layered rug under the mat adds some cozy and a warm invitation.
25|from Grace in My Space
This is another one where you need to go to the site and check out the whole area. First, I love the vintage window with the banner – could easily translate to other seasons for decor, but the neutral colors work perfectly for fall. The neutral theme is continued by using the light colored pumpkin. The farmhouse ‘Give Thanks’ sign is a perfect touch!
26| from Sarah Joy Blog
This is an excellent example of layering. Especially when you have a large area to fill, layering goes a long way. You can see the tall window pane door with the wreath, the table, and the pumpkins and decor on top. On the other side, you have the corn stalks, the wagon (great accessory!), and the crate! Beautiful job of layering up and layering out!
27| from Beauty for Ashes
This is a beautiful vignette with a soft, rustic touch! I love the fabric pumpkins on the floor combined with the chippy ladder and sign. The pumpkin sign is also a DIY project that is super easy to make! It really pulls together the pumpkins as a focal point!
28| from House of Hawthornes
This is a beautiful mix of traditional and cozy! You have your traditional fall colors in the orange, brown and yellow, but that black chair and cushion add some drama as well as a cozy spot to sip some hot cocoa!
29| from Twelve on Main
I love this rustic, minimalist look. Very simple, very rustic, very farmhouse and it all ties together perfectly. You have the burlap bunting across the top (a DIY sign, by the way), the branch wreath that ties in beautifully with the rustic planters and trees and the wooden pumpkin sign. And there’s your farmhouse signage on the all to pull it all together. Perfect.
30| from Taryn Whiteaker
This is a great example of using the colors in your existing decor and including fall decor that compliments it. The neutral colored wreath combined with the burlap banner and corn stalks work so well with the white pumpkins. Very simple design using just a few muted colors, but it is a powerful, beautiful effect!
Decorate Your Porch as It Reflects You
There are so many ways you can do with decor and fall porches. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that do what you love and makes you happy. I’m a firm believer that decor shouldn’t just be trendy or in style, but it should reflect pieces that you love, that are personal, that make you feel proud of how you put it together, regardless of if you think it would fly on Pinterest.
Fall porches are one of the first things people see when they come to your home, or even as they drive by. Sure it’s for them, but it’s for you, too – about creating a space you love and reflects who you are.
I’d love to hear about your favorite decor ideas! Which ones did you love? And if you trying incorporating any of these ideas, please post on Instagram and tag me – or leave a comment!
And if you know of others who might enjoy this, please share! 🙂
If you’re ready to start decorating your house for the inside, be sure to check out these Fall Farmhouse Home Decorating Ideas! I know you’ll love them, too!
PS- If you like DIY, here is a project I did on my porch that is super-easy and almost-free – a DIY Acorn Tree!
More Fall Fun!