One of the best parts of autumn is seeing how everyone gets into the spirit of the season by decorating their houses. Decorating your front porch, steps, or door will create a cheerful and inviting facade to welcome guests. Not only is decorating a fun way to mark the change in the seasons, but it’ll also amp up your curb appeal, impressing your friends, family, and neighbors. Try out these six simple tips from our design experts at Carithers Flowers to decorate your front porch for autumn in Atlanta.
1. Celebrate the Harvest Abundantly
The celebration of harvest is all about abundance — not scarcity. So, don’t be afraid to make it seem as if the autumn decorations are spilling of your front porch, as they might spill from a cornucopia. It’s hard to go wrong with sort of a style. To keep it all feeling put together, go for a design that’s symmetrical on both sides of your doorway or steps. Symmetry will prevent the whole arrangement from feeling haphazard or messy.
2. Welcome Guests with Pumpkins
Autumn isn’t autumn without pumpkins — lots of pumpkins! Make your house stand out and easy for Halloween party guests to find with bold house numbers painted on pumpkins! If you’re more of a traditionalist, then you can use pumpkins in your fall front porch design however you see fit. We recommend gathering a wide variety of different shapes, colors, textures, and sizes that’ll make your whole pumpkin arrangement more dynamic. You can even go a little whacky and mix in a few oddly-shaped gourds.
3. Chrysanthemums are a Must-Have
Hands-down, chrysanthemums are fall’s favorite flower. They’re available in tons of varieties and bloom in nearly every color of the rainbow, including all the autumn classics like burgundy, yellow, gold, and orange. Potted varieties are in season and continue to bloom throughout fall, so they make the perfect choice for framing your front door. If you like a little more variety, we also recommend marigolds, goldenrod, sunflowers, and lantana. Add a couple of leafy green plants, like kale or croton to create depth and contrast of all of fall’s fiery colors.
4. Decorate Your Door
Fall-Decorated Porch – photo by Savvy Southern Style
The front door should be the focal point of your front porch display. We always recommend a classic autumn wreath, featuring in-season blooms, fall foliage, and fun accents like miniature pumpkins, pinecones, acorns, and ribbons. Instead of a wreath, hang a basket cleverly filled with autumn fruit or even candy. If your door’s design can’t hold up a wreath, then drape a festive garland to create a grand entryway to your home.
5. Cozy Up Outdoors
It’s time to put your outdoor textiles featuring pineapples, flamingos, and palm trees into storage for the season. Replace them with soft flannels featuring plaid prints in autumn colors. These will make you and your guests want to cuddle up with hot cider and good conversation outdoors.
6. (Leaf) Pile on the Accents
You can easily transition the primary pieces of your autumn decor scheme from October through Thanksgiving by switching out a few festive accents. Throughout October, capture a spooky theme featuring jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, bats, and other witchy delights. After Halloween, replace these with scarecrows, cornstalks, cattails, and hay bales.
Why Not Bring the Festivities Indoors?
Garden Harvest Centerpiece
There’s no reason the decorating has to stop once you cross the threshold, you can bring a taste of the autumn countryside indoors with beautiful fall floral arrangements and festive centerpieces with pumpkins and other accents to decorate your table for Thanksgiving dinner or all season long. For more fall flower inspiration, we welcome you to visit a Carithers Flowers showroom or to order online.