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What’s that I smell? Could it be pumpkin spice? Yes, fall is here. For many of us, once the clock moves to 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 1, we’re all about saying so long to summer and hello to the changing leaves, cooler temps, soup recipes, and sweaters. Finding small ways to create joy at home during busy seasons can be especially appealing, and your front porch or front door can be a fun place to start.
With fall decor in stores and family visits to the pumpkin patch on the docket, we’ve rounded up four easy ways to bring the change of season to your front porch. Cute, catchy doormats, natural fiber wreaths, and some spooky Halloween decor are all on this list, along with a few fall front porch styling ideas to welcome in the season.
1. Layer Up Rugs and Doormats
We love the look of plaid or striped rugs under a traditional natural fiber doormat. Pithy sayings and seasonal graphics offer fun and festive options for your front porch.
Etsy | Hamlin Row Shop
This welcome mat says it all, and it comes in mini, standard, large, and X-large sizes!
If you're looking for an autumnal doormat than can transition easily to winter, this plaid one from Wayfair is perfect.
Nothing's better than stepping out of a chilly fall day and into a cozy home.
Etsy | Olive Creative Company
We love any and all things pumpkin-themed for the fall, from lattes to this adorable mat.
Etsy | Sadler Designs Co
This handmade welcome pumpkin doormat comes in three sizes and is just as cute as it is creative.
This natural fiber doormat comes in two colors and looks great on its own or as a layering piece with other fall front porch decor.
Etsy | Andrea Leigh Designs
Halloween is the best time of the year, so why not bring some of that spooky magic to your doorstep?
At only $13, this is the perfect rug is for layering—just make sure your doormat is smaller than the rug's 2' x 3' size.
This light-up mat from Pottery Barn is bound to wow neighbors, family, and friends of all ages.
2. Add Wreaths and/or Garland
Wreaths can add a classic and festive touch to any front door. These options include a variety of fall colors and natural materials to create a welcoming entrance to your home.
Crate & Barrel
We love the gorgeous gold and deep maroon coloring of this Crate & Barrel wreath.
This wheat wreath from Magnolia is perfectly understated yet still very fall.
We love this faux maple leaf garland from Walmart. It's the perfect way to spice up any entryway!
Eucalyptus is gorgeous at any time of the year, but this rusted faux eucalyptus wreath from Target is especially autumnal.
Bring some spooky energy to your door with this twig wreath adorned with sparkly bats.
This harvest berry wreath from World Market is warm, inviting, and gorgeously neutral.
If you're looking for a garland that's slightly more colorful, this harvest garland with pinecones is a great option.
3. Mix In Baskets & Planters
You can’t go wrong with mums in a planter, but you can add layers by mixing planters with baskets or crates. Try incorporating ornamental vegetation like kale or cabbage and heirloom pumpkins for added fall color and texture.
There are multiple colors and sizes available of these classic outdoor planters from Overstock. Perfect for hardy mums!
If you want to evoke the feeling of apple-picking all the time, look no further than these 6 x 8 inch handled baskets from Amazon.
What could possibly be more autumnal than dark wood crates for the perfect porch storage?
These half-bushel baskets from Retail Resource are big enough to hold anything from apples to little pumpkins.
Etsy | Kenyan Crafts Company
These black and tan baskets are perfect for storage inside or out—or even to cover plant pots!
4. Incorporate Seasonal Accessories
Whether you’re into creating a spooktacular scene or like to keep your porch more generally fall-themed, adding accents like lanterns or creative Halloween decor can plus up your porch.
Let's be honest: real pumpkins on your doorstep can get messy (hello squirrels!). This assortment of faux pumpkins and gourds from Pottery Barn are a stylish alternative.
An editor-favorite seasonal decor item, this pack comes with 100 3D bats that can be used inside or out.
This set of two wooden lanterns can be styled right on your front porch or hung from above from its rope handle.
This faux hay bale is made from straw but can be used year after year to display fall decor on your front porch or steps.
What could be better than a fun fall decor prop? Answer: a fun fall decor prop that smells amazing.
Editor Tip: Trader Joe's often sells these seasonally, so if you're near a TJ's, grab one on your next trip.
Make your entryway into a regular haunted house with these faux crows from Amazon.
These black light-up jack-o'-lanterns from Pottery Barn are another great (real) pumpkin alternative. They come in three sizes.
Add spiders to your spooky collection of crows, bats, or pumpkins with this corner spider web. Under $20!