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Five Easy Fall Porch Decorating Ideas

This fall, make your house the envy of the neighborhood without breaking your back or your bank. Here are five tips for sprucing up that front entry area, quickly and simply:

  1. Less is More. Unless you have a truly massive front porch, don’t load it up with mums, pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, corn stalks, and scarecrows. Pick two or three of those things, group them in odd numbers (3, 5, 7 at most) on either side of the door and/or steps, add a fall wreath, and call it done. Too much clutter is kitschy at best, messy at worst.
  1. Cozy Up the Furniture. Transform your existing porch furniture into an inviting autumn sitting area with the addition of a plaid blanket boasting reds, golds, oranges and browns. Any old thing will do (as long as it’s clean and colorful.) How about that stadium blanket you carry in the trunk for tailgating? Or the afghan (throw, not hound) on the family room couch? See? Cozy-in-a-second, and it didn’t cost you a dime.
  1. Keep it Classic. There are some simple materials that unequivocally say “fall”: inexpensive burlap fabric, for instance (try wrapping it around a terra cotta pot and tying with straw twine), and, of course, pumpkins, gourds, and mums. Consider buying the “fake” squash and flowers at your local craft store. The good ones look authentic and will last for years rather than turning to mush in weeks like the real thing.
  1. Use What You Have. You might be surprised at what you find in your garage, tool shed, or potting bench. Wagons, metal tubs, watering cans, and the like add a lot of character to a front porch tableau when paired with some colorful mums, pumpkins, or gourds.
  1. Do the Unexpected for Halloween. Ghosts, witches, and cobwebs, ho hum. Try something new. How about a colony of bats or a murder of crows making their way across your front door area? To see a picture of this idea, and examples of the other suggestions herein, visit our Pinterest Fall Front Porch board.

Wise homeowners keep the look interesting with well-thought-out and targeted efforts. Now, go forth and decorate cleverly!

image courtesy of phoenix4stl

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