A Fall Front Porch that is Elegant, Simple and Inspiring

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Written By Jim J Neal

A welcoming porch on your front porch is a great way to welcome fall, with its cooler colors and more pleasant temperatures. I love decorating our porch with heirloom pumpkins, rustic lanterns, and seasonal flowers.

When decorating for autumn, I prefer to think about the overall color of my house and indoor decor. Neutral tones are better than deeper fall colors. I was inspired this year by the soft, neutral tones of heirloom pumpkins, as well as creamy yellows with a little burgundy or terracotta.

To start, I added delicate eucalyptus on the chippy urns to either side of my front doors. This color compliments the green tones of the heirloom pumpkins beautifully. To give the porch a feeling of height and fullness, I placed fresh and fake pumpkins at the base of the copper pots.

I extended the stacks heirloom pumpkins up the porch step so they could spill onto the pathway. This would welcome visitors as they approach the front door.

I also added a dark-wicker basket with Vino Coleus, which is a dark-burgundy plant I found at the nursery. This was a simple way to add traditional autumn colors to the porch. A French market basket with fall branches and subtle yellow blooms was added to the other side of the door.

A few miniature olive topiaries were also found at the nursery, which was filled with terra cotta pots. The soft, green-gray color of the topiaries combined with rustic terracotta gives the porch the perfect amount of fall color. They can be used in any season.

My rocking chairs got a fall makeover with seasonal pillows and a chunky knit blanket to keep you warm while you sip pumpkin spice lattes.

Lanterns are my favourite item for decorating for fall. They add charm to any outdoor or indoor fall vignette, whether they’re filled with candles or mini white Pumpkins.

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To welcome guests and to complete my neutral fall porch, a wreath was placed on the front door.

Karen Snyder writes about family, home and entertaining at Sanctuary Home. Her elegant country style inspires, educates, and encourages. You can follow her on Instagram.

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