As the warm colors and cooler temperatures of fall arrive, what better way to celebrate the season than with a welcoming fall front porch? My favorite way to decorate our porch for fall is with stacks of heirloom pumpkins, rustic lanterns and seasonal plants and flowers.
I like to consider the overall color of my home and indoor décor when decorating for autumn, and neutral tones over deeper fall colors. This year I was inspired by the soft, neutral peach, green and white tones of heirloom pumpkins alongside creamy yellows with a sprinkle of burgundy and terra cotta mixed in.
To begin, I added delicate eucalyptus to the chippy urns on either side of my front door. I love the way this color complements the green tones in the heirloom pumpkins. I stacked pumpkins, both fresh and faux, at the base of the urns using a copper pot to elevate a larger pumpkin to create a sense of height and fullness to this area of the porch.
I extended the stacks of heirloom pumpkins to the porch step, allowing them to spill onto the pathway and welcome guests as they walk up to the front door.
I also added a dark wicker basket filled with Vino Coleus, a dark burgundy plant that I saw at the nursery and loved. This was an easy way to give the porch a pretty pop of traditional autumn color. On the opposite side of the door, I included a French market basket filled with a spray of fall branches with subtle yellow blooms.
Another great find at the nursery was several miniature olive topiaries planted in terra cotta pots. Their soft green-gray color mixed with the rustic terra cotta adds just the right amount of fall color to the porch, and will transition well into any season.
My rocking chairs also got a fall update with some seasonal pillows and a chunky knit blanket for those cool evenings sipping pumpkin spice lattes.
Perhaps my favorite item to use when I decorate for fall, other than pumpkins, is lanterns. Whether they are filled with candles or mini white pumpkins, they add charm to an outdoor porch or an indoor autumn vignette.
The final touch on my neutral fall porch was a fall wreath hung on the front door to welcome our guests as we head into the holiday season.
Karen Snyder writes about home, family and entertaining at Sanctuary Home, where her elegant country style inspires and educates. You can also follow her on Instagram.