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Bring Fall to your Front Porch!

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October has now arrived and it is bringing its colder weather. The urge to curl up with a good book and a hot drink is setting in. Autumn colors are starting to appear in the trees and it’s time for them to appear on your porch as well! Fall brings rich reds, oranges, yellows and more cozy colors. Listed below are a few ideas for bringing fall to your front porch this season.

  1. Don’t forget about the go-to traditional decorations
    1. Pumpkins, small hay bales, and mums!
    2. These items will bring a traditional color palate of oranges and tans (as well as reds, yellows and others) onto your porch and also emphasize the natural elements of fall. Add dimension by making sure your pumpkins are different sizes.
    3. Pumpkins could also be used as planters! Hollow the pumpkin out and plant seasonal edibles like purple kale inside to add color & texture.
  2. Draw colors from all parts of nature
    1. The bold colors of fall can be found in seasonal flowers, fruits and more! Some examples are listed below.
      1. Mums – oranges, yellows, reds etc.
      2. Black-Eyed Susans – rich yellow (and will attract bees & butterflies!)
      3. Cranberries – deep rich red
      4. Apples – green, red, yellow
      5. And many others!
  3. Set-up cozy seating arrangements
    1. Encourage conversations by setting up seating in groups of 2, 3 or 4
  4. Rocking chairs and porch swings are classic front porch seating options
    1. Make them cozy for fall by adding pillows & cushions and throw blankets in fall colors, patterns or fabrics. Think plaids, flannels and soft textures.
    2. Have a basket or chest to store extra throws in for when the sun goes down and the night gets cooler
  5. A fall themed welcome mat, either purchased or hand-made, is a great way to greet guests and is easy to change as fall passes.
    1. For example, switch a fall mat to a Halloween one and so on. This can carry on throughout the year with the changing of seasons or holidays.
  6. Add a fall wreath or garland. Garland can be used to frame the entryway and a wreath on the front door is a classic choice. You can purchase a pre-made one or make your own. Check your local craft store!
  7. Bring in warm lighting with items like a glass lantern filled with candles or thoughtfully placed string lights.
  8. And remember, there is nothing wrong with keeping things simple! A few simple touches can transform your sunny summer porch into a cozy place for morning coffee during crisp fall mornings.

Hopefully the list above has given you some ideas on how to update your outside space to fit an autumn theme. Happy decorating!