Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Fall

Outside of a manufactured home with a garage.

From pumpkins to seasonal flowers, fall decorating is one of the best times of the year to show off natural and vibrant features. Let’s get into some fall decor basics for your porch or patio.

You walk outside to find the leaves have begun to change color and there’s a subtle, yet crisp feel in the air. That’s right, fall is finally here! Fall is one of the most warm and festive times of the year, with family filled holidays and seasonal festivities that make the soon-to-come cold winter not seem so bad.

One of the best parts about fall is all the vibrant decor options that come with it. From the inside to the outside of your home, you can fill the area with brilliant colors like reds, oranges and yellows to create a homey feel. But, there’s one problem. Year after year, fall trends seem to be everchanging with things like different popular color palettes and plant types. While these new styles are gorgeous, we want to get back to the basics! Let’s dive into a few simple, traditional fall decorating tips to make your home exterior stand out.

Decorating Your Patio


Decorating your front porch or patio for the season doesn’t have to mean spending hundreds of dollars on high-end decor pieces. You can achieve a cute and traditional look by using seasonal items or things you already have around the house.

Seasonal flowers like mums, sunflowers and marigolds are a gorgeous and natural addition to the front of your home. Depending on where you live, these flower types are usually in season during the fall, meaning you can buy them in bulk for a cheaper price than other out of season flowers.

Dried plants like hay bales or grains have also come into style for the fall season and can be used to fill in blank spaces that are hard to fill with traditional decor. You can also use items you already have around your home like a small wooden wagon or unused wicker baskets. Adding a fall twist to ordinary items like a plaid blanket or colored ribbon is also a savings-conscious way to bring a seasonal feel to your home.

Must-Have Decor Items

Exterior of a Clayton Built® home with orange and white pumpkins on the front porch.

We talked about a few ways to incorporate simple and cost-effective items to the front of your home, now let’s get into a few must-haves. We’re talking about traditional fall decor, so there are a few items that are essential to keeping your porch festive!

First and foremost, pumpkins. Pumpkins are a fall classic used to create the ultimate autumn vibe inside and out. Pumpkins come in so many sizes and colors, making them the perfect must-have item to create a unique outdoor area while still sticking to the classics.

Second, a wreath. Like pumpkins, fall wreaths also come in range in colors and sizes, making them another must-have fall feature. I know what you’re thinking, wreaths can get expensive! So, don’t forget to check your local hardware store for locally made natural wreaths or consider making a wreath yourself with items like faux leaves, berries, hay or mini pumpkins.

Third, the perfect door mat. Door mats are an easy must-have on your porch this fall. You can create a personalized door mat, or one that has a simple fall touch. Adding fall style to a small detail like your door mat easily adds to the festive feel to the front of your home.

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