There are things you can do to create a simple welcoming fall porch. Even if you have a tiny porch, like we did at our old bungalow.
One of the things I had a love/hate relationship with when we lived in our wee bungalow was the teeny-tiny front porch. Well, it was really more of an old-fashioned stoop. A set of concrete steps with a very small landing at the top, which was only slightly covered by an old metal awning. I wish we had a farmhouse style porch that was the full width of the house. But this was what I had to work with, so that’s what I did. I learned how to create a really simple, yet welcoming fall porch.
How to Create a Simple Welcoming Fall Porch
One of the tricks to making a tiny porch feel welcoming is to decorate it just enough so it feels cozy, but not crowded. Here’s how to do that.
1. Add Texture
The outdoors is a great place to add some texture to your decorating toolkit. For this fall porch, I added some greenery, fake leaves, pip berries and of course the texture of all farmhouse outdoor texture – burlap. I wrapped burlap around the potted mums and also draped it over the chair.
2. Add Natural Elements
In the fall, the most common natural elements to add to decor are leaves, mums and pumpkins. I’ve used all three of those here with huge potted mums, fake leaves and white mums (large ones and baby boos too).
3. Add Autumn Colors
Of course, traditional fall colors are oranges, browns, reds, some yellow and other ‘burnt’ colors. I added all of those with brightly colored pillows, mums, leaves and pumpkins. The red front door doesn’t hurt either!
4. Add A Little Whimsy
One of my favorite ways to include fun in my decorating is to add signs and other typography. On this porch I added a couple of propped signs from inside (a store-bought antiques sign and our special date stencilled sign) as well as the custom chalkboard sign.
5. Make the Written Word Welcoming
Of course your signs needn’t just be decor. They can actually invite and welcome as well, as in the case of the chalkboard sign on this fall porch. I made it in an afternoon from a piece of mdf painted with black craft paint and coated in Decoart’s Clear Chalkboard Coating.
Always make sure to cure a chalkboard when it’s new, so you don’t get ghost letters. To cure, simply rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface and wipe with a clean cloth before writing on it for the first time. If you use water or a wet cloth to clean your chalk board you will have to cure it again.
I’m thankful for our bungalow’s little stoop that I got to decorate with mums and pumpkins and chalkboards. It made be stretch my creative muscles even more than a larger porch would have.
How’s your fall outdoor decor going? What does your fall porch look like?