This year I decorated my front porch for fall with a romantic-inspired theme and used lots of fairytale pumpkins and pillar candles.
I rarely host blog hops anymore, but my front porch is one of my favorite spaces to decorate for fall every year so I couldn’t pass it up and figured I would invite some friends to join me! After you read/see all my pics, be sure to click around at the lovely inspiration at the bottom of this post.
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Decorating a front porch without steps can be a challenge, but after 6 years I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t. It’s all about layers and placing things at different visual planes.
If you, too, don’t have steps up to your house, last year I shared all my tips on decorating a front porch when you don’t have steps.
I absolutely love fairytale pumpkins– they are so aptly named and remind me of Cinderella. The candles placed around the pumpkins add the prettiest romantic glow at dusk!
I included a few white pumpkins and light orange-colored traditional pumpkins for some variety and contrast.
I think an endearing way to decorate your front porch is to not leave everything visible at one vantage point. By obscuring some areas, it invites the viewer/visiter to come closer to get a better look. I placed deep red and orange-red mums in several pots around the porch to break up the clusters of pumpkins and to ‘hide’ some areas.
For the seating area, I added some large branches in a vase as a focal point, and continued my clusters of fairytale pumpkins and candles on either side.
I chose a muted romantic color palette of soft orange, peach, cream and brownish-tan for the pumpkins and pops of deep red for the mums and branches.
The early evening light is so pretty, don’t you think? It’s my favorite time of the day when the yard and porch is nearly completely shaded, and the sun casts warm rays while sitting low in the sky.
One quick way to freshen up your front door is to get a couple new door mats. I say ‘a couple’ because I love to layer mats with a more colorful or patterned larger rug underneath a more durable, thicker mat for wiping your feet.
If you are like me, decorating your front porch is a great excuse to weed your garden beds, rake leaves, and lay down fresh mulch so the decorations can shine. I liken this to cleaning house before you bring in new seasonal decor. Inside my house I always pull out couches, sweep and vacuum thoroughly, wipe down surfaces and clear old stuff out, before bringing in the new items, and outside should be no different.
I hope you enjoyed this romantic approach to traditional fall decorating by using fairytale pumpkins and candles on your front porch!
Be sure and check out my friends’ posts below! SO many different and unique approaches to outdoor decorating for fall!