22 Front Porches That Have Us So Ready for Fall

Botanical Beauties
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

We're dreaming of long fall afternoons sipping cider on the porch, bundled in scarves and blankets, reading a great book, and watching the leaves change colors. Never mind if it's January, April, or July because dreaming about fall is a year-round activity.

Each autumnal container garden and fall wreath-clad front door promises the arrival of crisp days and family-filled holidays. With plenty of inspiration for our fall decor planning, it's a reminder that autumn days are never far away on the pages of our calendars. Take a spin through these dreamy spaces, and you'll want to start immediately unpacking those fall decorations (and maybe create a few DIY fall projects of your own). These pretty front porches are all decked out and ready for fall festivities.

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Observe Mountain Views

Mountain Views
Jean Allsopp

This porch is a perfect hillside perch for taking in the fall foliage during its slow turn from green to red and gold. This porch trimmed with cozy blankets and fluffy pillows is an excellent place for a chilly day. Extend your fall color palette beyond warm yellows and browns because flannel in any color is a signature mountain decor feature for autumn.

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Make Stairs Lush

More is More
Helen Norman

This front porch welcomes visitors with pairs of gorgeous pumpkins and kales. An inspiring spot for sitting, add a porch cocktail, and it's easy to waste away the afternoon. The pops of purple add a nice contrast to the lush greenery.

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Try a Classic Entry

Classic Entry
Southern Living

Assorted pumpkins flank two urn-style planters with trailing ivy and autumnal foliage to make an elegant entry. The seasonal colors make a statement juxtaposed with the white brick. Rocking chairs make this space perfect for relaxing and sipping your favorite fall drink.

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Pumpkins Galore

Pumpkins Galore
Helen Norman

Not just for Halloween, pumpkins are the eternal autumn staple. Stacked next to this pretty front porch, whimsical pumpkins and cleverly implemented hay bales replace planters. The twig and berry leaf wreath concludes the list of necessary decor elements.

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Pretty Planters

Pretty Planters
Laurey W. Glenn

We would happily take in every autumn sunset on this cozy porch, an ideal spot for after-dinner drinks or early morning brunch. Vibrant, shade-tolerant plants adorn this lush container garden. An area rug and overhead lighting set the stage for cozy autumn nights.

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Attempt Seasonal Greens

Seasonal Greens
Helen Norman; Styling: James Cramer

Think beyond classic orange pumpkins and embrace gourds in off-white, yellow, and lime shades. It's an out-of-the-box design choice that feels so fresh. The combination of colors and textures brightens up a shady porch with ease. Planted with silvergrass, 'Wasabi' coleus, and sweet potato vine, these containers have a deep chartreuse shade.

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Cue Rustic Elegance

Rustic Elegance
Southern Living

Dress up your home with these picture-perfect elements. A winding magnolia-leaf garland paired with arrangements of ornamental lettuces and kales brings a touch of rustic cabin style to any autumn decorating. The weathered stone patio adds a mysterious charm to this entryway.

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More Mums

Line Your Steps
Helen Norman

When decorating for fall, you can never have too many mums. Carve out a pumpkin and place a mum inside to make a classic "mumkin." This design incorporates mums, Mexican sage, boxwoods, and plenty of pumpkins, including 'Rouge Vif d'Etampes,' 'Howden,' 'Potimarron,' 'Musquee de Provence,' 'Atlantic Giant,' 'Sugar Pie,' 'Galeux d'Eysines' varieties.

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Alfresco Autumn

Alfresco Autumn
Jean Allsopp

This front porch doubles as an outdoor dining room. Add candles, twinkling lights hung overhead, and all your closest friends and family for a perfect night spent in the crisp autumn air. Use a plaid blanket as a table runner as different seasonal decor.

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Plenty of Pumpkins

Plenty of Pumpkins
Helen Norman; Styling: P. Allen Smith

We want to pour a cup of hot cider and sit on this warm and inviting porch for a while. We love the simple and tidy combination of a mini-pumpkin wreath and bookending pots filled with pumpkins. It's perfect for the season.

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Botanical Beauties

Botanical Beauties
Laurey W. Glenn

Fall-blooming plants take center stage on this pretty porch, a space adorned with whimsical textures, vibrant colors, and gorgeous botanical pairings. A wreath complementing the plant's colorful arrangement helps tie the area together. White-trimmed doors and layering stone stairs help ground the space and allow the seasonal blooms to shine.

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Think Cheery Stacks

Pumpkin Topiaries
Helen Norman

Think beyond ground-level pumpkin clusters and take your fall porch decor vertical. These pumpkin stacks use 'Rouge Vif d'Etampes,' 'Red Eye,' 'Long Island Cheese,' and 'One Too Many' pumpkin varieties. Incorporate leafy kale, cabbages, and bay leaves for contrasting color and texture.

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Candlelit Entry

Candle-Lit Porch
Laurey W. Glenn

Could this scene be any more inviting? Candlelight adds autumnal ambiance to this brick porch, an ideal perch for fall evenings. Using the fireplace's hearth as a candle display adds the imagery of a roaring fire without the upkeep.

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Simplicity and Stone

Simple Style
Laurey W. Glenn

Dress up your stone porch with glowing lanterns and pots filled with autumn bloomers, like these gold and crimson mums. The seasonal colors pop against the wood and stone background of the patio. A well-positioned chair near the entrance is perfect for sitting and watching the leaves change.

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Magnificently Mustard

Lowcountry Charm
Ralph Anderson

An on-trend, mustard-hued door assembles an autumnal palette and decor. Containers planted with vibrant crotons pair perfectly with a cheerful smattering of pumpkins. Outlining the door's trim, garland with coordinating pops of yellow unify the space.

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Small-Space Style

Georgia Brick Porch
Photo: Tria Giovan, Styling: Olga Naiman

This small front porch may be short on space, but it's big in style. The cozy plush sofa, antique table, and botanical elements add warmth. Switching plants and flowers out with the changing seasons will keep this area energized.

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Personal Pumpkin Patch

Personal Pumpkin Patch
Helen Norman

When in doubt, add pumpkins. Add a mass of pumpkins in varied hues to your front porch for an easy-as-can-be touch that makes a significant decor statement. Trailing vines add a whimsical touch.

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Festive Features

Festive Features
Southern Living

Mums, pumpkins, and a lovely mini-pumpkin wreath make for a festive, Halloween-inspired front porch. The spirited details, such as the massive spider, complete the spooky entrance. Depending on your style, finding pumpkins in an off-orange shade can complement your home decor.

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Room for a Crowd

No-Fail Tabletop Display
Erica George Dines

In this instance, we're dreaming about the front yard, not just the porch. Assorted gourds make easy and super-seasonal centerpieces for a space primed for a fall party. Setting up picnic tables in the chilly autumn air is a great way to encourage family and friends to spend time outdoors.

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Stylish and Stately

Classic Charleston Porch
Photography: Laura Moss, Styling: Natasha Louise King

Mossy green walls, wispy ferns, and bright orange pillows add just enough flair to take this stately porch through all the seasons. Perfectly designed for every season, this neutral palette makes each decoration stand out. The lantern pendant lighting creates a year-round autumnal look.

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Coastal Perch

Coastal Entertaining Porch
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

From this gorgeous front porch, we would be happy to experience autumn on the coast—in all its breezy glory. The tree-trunk coffee table adds a rustic quality to the space. This simple seaside porch, tied with lush greenery, has room for all your fall decor.

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Pillow Perfect

Pillow Perfect
Southern Living

Spruce up your outdoor space by filling the seats with pillows in autumnal hues. Apples invigorate this space as a substitute for traditional pumpkins. A delicious red apple looks even crisper when you have a red-trimmed window adjacent to your porch.

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