Outdoor Fall Decor For Your Porch

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Easy outdoor fall decor inspiration for your porch. Includes sitting area ideas, plants, pillows, and the front door. Add a touch of autumn to your front porch in no time!

white rockers on front porch decorated for fall

I am a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel. When something works, don’t mess with the formula! By using this approach with your seasonal decor, and reusing things you already have, the process is easy and takes hardly any time at all.

Here’s what I update with each new season:

  • the door wreath
  • the doormat
  • something new in the planters
  • pillow covers/throws
  • simple seasonal accessories

Everything else stays the same.

outdoor fall decor on front porch

I love seasonal decor. Adding it to your home is an excellent way to freshen things up a few times a year. Let your personal style lead you, and make the decor elaborate or simple, inexpensive or a splurge. Some years, I splurge more than others! There are times when I just can’t help myself, and that happened this year with the rug and mat in front of the door.

front porch with boxwood in planters

Outdoor Fall Decor Tip

If you want to use things you already have, the front door area is the perfect place to do that. Keep some existing elements, and simply add one or two seasonal items. Many times I reuse doormats, and I rarely change the actual planters.

hello pumpkin doormat over plaid rug

I had ferns in the planters all summer, and replaced them with small boxwood bushes. I used ivy in smaller pots over the summer, and transferred that to compliment the boxwood. The ivy had grown quite full and long, so I wrapped it around the base of the boxwood. I plan to keep the planters through Christmas. (Hopefully the boxwood will survive!)

Author’s note: the boxwood did survive and our Christmas front porch looked great!

boxwood in white planters on porch

How to Make the Door Basket

The color scheme of navy and copper began with the pillow covers. They are from one of my favorite sources and are downright cheap. I usually don’t like to use that word, but in this case, it definitely fits.

outdoor fall decor orange mums on porch

The print on the pillows features leaves with flowers that look a little like acorns…and they just seemed right for the space. Cozy blue chevron throws finish off the chairs. I recently used copper mums on our back patio, and the color they added is amazing…so I decided to carry that around to the front porch. Again, I reused the ivy and containers I already had, and simply changed the main flower. (I did dump some of the potting soil out, and refreshed the pots with new soil.) Another pot of mums in a basket of pumpkins is the final touch.

outdoor fall decor blue pillows on rockers

orange mums with ivy

Front Door Color

This past week, Ohio has been blessed with cooler temps. There have been a few days when, early in the morning, a definite fall chill has been in the air. One morning it actually made me catch my breath. As we wrap up this final weekend of the summer, and head into autumn, I hope you all can experience that feeling of renewed energy. There is just something about cool, fall air that restores the soul.

basket of mums on table outdoor porch

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blue plaid rug | hello pumpkin doormat | blue pillow covers | white rockers | round basket | wood slices | faux white pumpkins | velvet pumpkins | mailbox | navy chevron throw blankets |

*The round, white planters are no longer available…but you could make your own by spray painting small, metal trash cans. Make sure to drill holes for drainage in the bottom.

blue pillow on white rocker on porch

fall outdoor decor on front porch

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  1. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    I adore those white cans with the boxwood’s and those buckets with mum’s and how you used log slices as risers! I love it all. The colors are perfectly fall as well. So cute. Pinned!

  2. Love the fall colors! Also I am a blue fan! Thanks for sharing. Jean

  3. My front porch gets full on sun in the afternoon. It’s still so hot in Kentucky until early October. Any suggestions of what to plant- that has color- besides Mums? Mums can’t take the heat! My Kimberly ferns seem so spring/ summer, but hate to move them as they are doing well!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Lauren…there is a lantana called ‘Lucious’ that is the prettiest shade of orange. It doesn’t self seed and does well in pots. The only other thing I can think of would be blanket flowers, but they are a perennial. You could start them in pots, and then move them to the ground before it gets really cold. I hope this helps!

  4. I always enjoy seeing your seasonal front porch decor!! I think this refresh is my favorite with the one with the yellow throws and pillows a close second! Enjoy and thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the blue and copper! I started using this last fall when you posted your porch. I love seeing all the ways you re-imagine it. And like another reader, I would love to know how you keep your threshold so shiny!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Janet! I guess I never thought about it! I don’t do anything in particular other than clean it along with the sidelight windows. I just take my paper towel with Windex and wipe the threshold too. Thank you!

  6. Ann, So pretty as always. Curious how do you keep the metal step threshold so shinny?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi June! I guess I never thought about it! I don’t do anything in particular other than clean it along with the sidelight windows. I just take my paper towel with Windex and wipe the threshold too. Thank you!

  7. Janice Boucher says:

    Everything looks beautiful Ann! Love your color scheme. Question: What do you do with the Chrysanthemums when they no longer have blooms?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Janice…you know, I hadn’t really thought about it. I usually only have a few mums on the front porch and most of the time when they are spent, I throw them away. I have quite a few on the patio so I may plant them, or give them to my neighbor. Thank you!

  8. Beth Hobbs says:

    Where can I purchased the basket on the door?

  9. Ann,
    Such a classic Autumnal color combination blue with the coppery hues!
    I adore those blue pillow cushions within your rockers!
    Even here on the Prairie, I touched the glass of the patio doors
    this past week and it was cool!
    I agree, there is a renewal of body, soul and spirit with Autumnal fresh air!
    Thank you for always inspiring!

  10. Always love seeing your porch decor. I don’t have a porch but we stopped at the nursery on the way home from church today and bought fall mums for the flower bed. I’m ready to bring all my fall decor up from the basement and change out the decorations in our house. Your porch is just beautiful.

  11. Those of us with heavy fall rains and icy/snowy winters find it hard to decorate so pretty on our porches. You did a great job.

  12. I love it! We just moved and our new home has a porch. I needed the inspiration to get me going!

  13. Looks lovely, you are ready for fall.Love the containers with the boxwood, one of my favorites.The mums are so colorful and pretty.

  14. Love your porch! Makes me want to start Fall decorating. Mine is not as big as yours but I’ve borrowed a few of your ideas. A few years ago I made 2 of the pumpkins with the doilies on top. I made an orange one with a white doily, and a gray one with a black doily. Love them both and get lots of compliments. And it’s so easy! I really enjoy your blog.

  15. Lorri Rauscher says:

    Looks lovely Ann…just think you are ready for Fall . I put out my Mum wreath and I just can’t put away my lovely ferns plants yet. In a few weeks I will do my Fall decorating.In my house I have transitioned into my Apple and Mum theme.

  16. Very pretty, as always! I love a classic look. 🙂

  17. Mary Michelle says:

    Ann, your porch is lovely and looks so welcoming. I like the color scheme. What a cute idea to put the mini pumpkins in the basket surrounding the potted plant.

  18. Ann, How do you keep everything so clean on your porch? We always have spiders move in. Any ideas? I love your blog!!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Anne! In the spring and fall I drag out the hose and give the porch and furniture a good cleaning. It helps get the fine dust and dirt off, and remove any spider webs. For maintenance, I have a little cordless blower that I use to keep it clean. The blower takes care of leaves or anything else that lands on the porch. Hope this helps!