Fall Decorating Ideas for Outside

Summer is over! Fall is here. And fall decorating is probably on your to-do list!

I don’t know about you, but autumn and everything that goes with it is my favorite time of year. Fall means trees are turning colors and leaves are falling. The air is beginning to get crisp with those good smells of fall.

It’s time to start thinking of sweaters, hot spiced cider, and pumpkin spice anything!

Decorating for fall! When the seasons start to change, you know it’s time to swap out your décor. Replace the tired summer flowers with some vibrant autumn colors and get into the mood.

Halloween and Thanksgiving will be leading up to the Holiday Season. Make it easy on yourself and decorate to showcase through Thanksgiving and beyond.

Decorating For Fall: Once And Done, As They Say!

Classic fall colors are beautiful, with warm hues of yellow, orange, dark red, and brown colors predominant in the palette.

We’ve gathered some fall decorating ideas for outside the house to inspire you to create a welcoming entry for your family and guests.

Go bold and have some autumn fun with mums, pumpkins, hay bales, and corn stalks! Make your outdoor furniture match the seasonal colors with colorful cushions and pillows.

Entry Gate Fall Decor

The front gate is the first thing guests see when they come over to visit. Let’s make it a festive entry point for them to enjoy on their way in. HGTV featured this gate décor along with the DIY instructions to create it.

Fall Harvest for Fall Decor

Use a product from the harvest for your fall decorating theme. Think about how you could place pumpkins, gourds, and fall foliage to create an exciting and welcoming front (or back) porch. This porch makes you want to linger!

Fall porches welcome visitors to your home. Liz Marie styled her porch for fall, and it’s a showstopper! She calls it an overgrown pumpkin patch look, and it’s beautiful!

Here’s an example of how the homeowner lined the walkway with assorted pumpkins and gourds in varying sizes. They added ivy to make you feel you’re in a real pumpkin patch. Nice touch!

Front porch fall decor lined with pumpkins and gourds
Photo by Shutterstock/Orhan Cam

Bring Other Items In

Shelterness used an old ladder as a basis for the harvest-themed entry. The many different elements include cornstalks, pumpkins, straw, mums. They all come together beautifully for a striking front porch display.

Just a few autumn-inspired decorative accents can bring the season warmth onto your front porch or back patio. Michael Wurm Jr. of Inspired by Charm has designed a lovely porch with orange highlights. He’s got a recipe for an apple pie sangria that I want to serve at my next party! Be sure to have some cozy throws around to snuggle up into, for when it gets cold.

Look at this welcoming front entry. Ashley from Modern Glam decorates with a neutral décor that includes soft colors of cornstalks with pastel and natural pumpkins with copper accents. Her dog sure looks like he likes it!

Add a couple of lanterns to the scene. Jenna with SAS Indoors took lanterns, painted them a matte gray color, and filled them with colorful squash and pinecones. You could add anything that has the colors of autumn. And the best thing is that lanterns are seasonless. You can use them all year round, filling them with what is available. 

Pumpkins Can Be White!

Bring an unexpected color into your porch decorations. This is an example of using all white to create a beautiful fall vignette. Add just a touch of yellow and red to make a striking statement.

white chair, white flowers, white pumpkins by white fence
Photo by Stephanie Frey

Here are some more white pumpkins from Kimberly over at A Night Owl Blog. They are placed around a galvanized metal pail and garnished with cotton balls and wheat stalks. The white and beige colors plus the galvanized metal make a timeless farmhouse style arrangement.

More white pumpkins. Use some wood crates and burlap to create a lovely porch display of white pumpkins and ornamental grass. The aluminum bucket accessorizes simplicity.

fall decorating with white pumpkins
White Pumpkins

Wreaths for Autumn Decor

Wreaths aren’t just for the Christmas time of year. Create a beautiful wreath using the colors of fall. Hang it on your door and make your entry warm and welcoming.

Erin from Style Me Pretty has a DIY wreath from guest Thistle and Honey for the most festive fall wreath.

Decide where the wreath will be placed before you start to make it, so it will fit. Will it be on your front door? Over your fireplace? On an accent wall? Consider the scale and size, and the color palette that will work for your area.

Here’s a simple burlap fall wreath from Toni at Girl Just DIY and Small Home Soul. It’s easy to make and can be converted to fit with the changing seasons.

Look at this striking Indian corn wreath from Kim at Today’s Creative Life. She says all you need are some dried mini corn cobbs, a wreath frame, and sturdy glue to make this stunner.

Wreaths With Seasonal Berries

You can use seasonal berries for while decorating for fall. How about a fall berry wreath for a change-up look for your front door? Sherri from To Simply Inspire posted the DIY for this red and orange berry wreath, and she says it takes only 15 minutes! Sounds good to me!

berry wreath on dark door for fall
DIY Berry Wreath from To Simply Inspire

Stone Gable’s Yvonne loves everything about fall in Lancaster County and loves to share fabulous outdoor fall decorating ideas. The fall outdoor wreath adorns her front door, and becomes the centerpiece for the entry. Yvonne has a DIY instruction post for 7 fabulous outdoor fall wreaths here.

And talking about wreaths, Doreen with Hymns and Verses designed this delightful arrangement for her front porch. Just look at that leaf wreath centerpiece! It speaks to the season, and how we are grateful, thankful, and blessed to be here to enjoy it, decorating for fall.

grateful thankful blessed sign with leaf wreath

Fall Decorating Ideas

We’ve shared 17 awesome fall decorating ideas you can use for decorating your front porch or back patio for the autumn season with you.

Enjoy yourself while decorating. Drink something warm, and welcome your guests in out of the cold. Let us know how your decorated entries look.

Need indoor decorating ideas? We explored 13 fabulous fall decor ideas for decorating your indoor areas for the holidays in this post here.

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