A guide to the easiest secrets to decorating a large front porch for fall that creates a cozy space that oozes with warmth and charm.
Before we get started, I want to welcome you to a 2023 Fall Home Tour, hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. Marty has been hosting these seasonal tours for my fellow home decor blogging buddies for several years and we all are so grateful for her hard work!
If you’re coming over from Eleanor Rose Home, welcome! Heidi’s home is always filled with such cozy beauty and charm. She shares some pretty great recipes too!
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Ok – let’s get back to decorating a large front porch for fall.
Having a big space is great, but pulling all of the elements together to nail that cozy and charming vibe? Well, that can be a challenge that calls for some thoughtful creativity.
Unlike a small front porch, the sheer size of a large outdoor space will come off feeling cold and stark without the right decorating strategy.
These steps will provide you with tips to get the perfect balance between getting inviting coziness and avoiding an overload of fall decorations.
Use Color To Tie Things Together
Choosing the right colors for your fall porch decor is the secret sauce to creating a porch with a cozy feel. Warm and inviting tones are your best friend this time of year. Think rich, earthy colors in shades of red, orange, brown and yellows.
The colors you use not only set the mood, but can make your porch feel like a big, cozy hug.
Now that you’ve chosen a color scheme, the key is to make everything flow seamlessly. Start by choosing a dominant color in larger spashes and at least two or three accent colors for a little pop.
Neutrals like browns, creams and whites are good for balancing things out and for giving the eye a place to rest amongst all the color.
TIP: Stand back and squint your eyes – if it all looks harmonious, you’ve nailed it!
Use Cozy Seating Arrangements
Creating a cozy porch, calls for cozy outdoor seating arrangements. And it isn’t just about looks either.
It’s about creating an outdoor living space that’s basically an extension of your home. A place where you and your guests can unwind and enjoy the season. Think sipping a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly day with a lap blanket to keep you warm.
Tips for creating a cozy seating area;:
- Create an outdoor living room by using comfortable outdoor furniture. The more comfortable the seating, the more inviting it will be.
- Add throw pillows and blankets. This is especially important if your seating doesn’t have built-in cushions.
- Arrange your seating in a way that encourages conversation. Chairs can face one another, be angled toward one another or be in a circular grouping.
- Incorporate side tables next to chairs for convenience. They can hold drinks, snacks and decorative accessories.
- Adding candles or lanterns will provide a cozy ambiance in the evening. There are many, many good battery powered options available.
- Use seating constructed of natural materials, such as wood or wicker, which will add instant visual warmth.
- Add an outdoor rug to help define seating areas.
- Arrange your seating to take advantage of the best views that your porch has to offer, even if it’s only a view of your front yard.
TIP: Large wicker baskets, turned upside down, make great, inexpensive side tables. Top with a wooden round from a home improvement store for stable display space.
Highlight Your Front Door
Your front door is likely the focal point of the entire front of your home and will be your home’s first impression. The way in which you decorate it can make your visitors feel warm and welcome from the moment they arrive.
Adding a beautiful fall wreath to your door immediately sends a message saying, “Come on in!”.
To complete the area around your door, layer an outdoor rug underneath a welcome mat and flank the front door with flower pots filled with real or faux flowers, greenery, pumpkins or anything else you desire.
TIP: Pull three colors from your wreath to use as the color palette for the rest of the porch for a cohesive look.
Thank you for stopping by for a visit today. Click HERE to come on in for a tour of the rest of my home decorated for fall.
Next, be sure to head over to Southern Home and Hospitality, where my dear friend Kate will share fall decorating ideas from her fabulous kitchen and family room.
After you visit Kate’s lovely home, check out every one else on the tour today. Be sure to come back each day this week to see the rest of the tours!
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