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5 Dos and Don'ts of Fall Front Porch Decor

Although it doesn’t feel like it, it’s almost that time of year again. Put down that corn on the cob and and start thinking about pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider donuts. Fall is upon us and that means it’s time to get your home decorated for the season. Make a great first impression this season with some helpful Dos and Don’ts of styling your front porch.

David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

1. How to Achieve Coziness

Photo by Sam Henderson

Do use blankets and pillows to cozy up your porch seating. Think fuzzy and furry for a comfortable, inviting feel. Mix different textures to create interest, and stick with warm tones. Don’t overdo it with the cutesy fall signage. A couple fall signs on the porch are totally acceptable, but it just gets dangerous when your guests are trying to read five box signs while walking up your front steps. (Is it fall, ya’ll?)

2. How to Pick the Pumpkins

Do think outside the plain, orange pumpkin. Incorporate gilded pumpkinsin your porch decor for a trendy, glamorous twist on the classic gourd. The metallic gleam will bring some serious elegance to your porch-scape. Don’t box yourself into October by using only Jack-o’-Lanterns. Throw a couple ghoulish gourds into the pumpkin mix if you please; that way, you can simply remove them after Halloween passes without having to redecorate your entire porch.

3. How to Handle the Florals

Do take advantage of fall’s most gorgeous blooms. Replace your summer annuals with flowers suitable for fall weather. Some of the best varieties are: mums, asters, pansies, ornamental kale, purple fountain grass and million bells. Don’t rely on artificial flowers. I’m definitely not hating on all things artificial — I love the felt flower trend — but nothing compares to fresh, fall blooms.

4. How to Design Your Overall Look

Stephanie Frey

Do get creative. Don’t limit yourself to a classic fall look or color palette. Make your porch pop with fall decor that matches your personal design style. Love a crisp, modern look? Search for minimalist fall decor. Not crazy about crimson red and burnt orange? Go with an unexpected, all-white color scheme.

5. How to Choose Decor That Transitions

Do choose a wreath that will transition through the season (unless you’re a perpetual wreath-changer, in which case, keep doing your thing). For example, this magnolia leaf wreath is gorgeous for fall and Thanksgiving, and you could even add a red ribbon and jingle bells to make it work for Christmas, too. Don’t get carried away and try to combine all holiday decor, though. While certain pieces can transition, other pieces can’t. As you decorate your fall porch, mentally prepare for the changes you’ll need to make when winter comes.

Credit: Allie Holcomb King, HGTV


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