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Simple Rules for Decorating a Small Porch | Fall Decorating Ideas

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Do you have a small porch you want to decorate for fall? Small porches can be challenging spaces to decorate. However, there are just a few simple tips that will help your fall decorations for your front porch be stunning every time. Learn these simple rules for decorating a small porch for fall on a budget.

Simple Rules for Decorating a Small Porch | Fall Decorating Ideas

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Let’s lay the framework for how I decorate my small front porch for fall. In my mind, it is 100% about being budget friendly, beautiful and welcoming to guests.

Those three tenants frame my choices.

Small porch fall decorating ideas with nature.

Whether I’m using front porch pumpkin decor, simple topiaries, dried branches, or a full blown fall theme with hay bales and corn stalks. Each time I consider my fall decorations for our front porch, it must meet my three goals:

  1. Budget friendly
  2. Beautiful
  3. Welcoming to Guests

How do you Decorate for Fall on a Budget?

So let’s talk budget first.

Autumn is one of the easiest seasons to decorate for free. Creation is filled with beautiful colors, drying branches and leaves, and autumn flowers.

It is so simple to step outside and forage for items that you can use as decor. Here are a few of my favorite things from nature that provide free fall decor:

  • Dried Annabelle hydrangeas add green hues
  • Dried Limelight hydrangeas add pink and white tones
  • Dried branches pruned from a tree with berries adds interest and texture
  • Autumn wildflowers can create a simple bouquet or wreath for a front door
  • Golden leaves freshly fallen are whimsical as nature intended

Usually, at least half of my small porch fall decorating ideas are born from free items I find around our property.

Fall porch decorated with nature.

In Michigan, autumn is a very short season. Summer extends nicely through September. But we usually experience extreme cold, or even snow, by November. So one to two months isn’t long to invest a lot of money into for my fall entryway decorating ideas.

After all, free is my favorite number.

Small Porch Fall Decorating Ideas

Next, let’s talk about creating something beautiful and welcoming for guests.

An empty front porch is sometimes necessary to allow for full functionality. If your front porch is especially tiny, then you might not have room to add anything but a beautiful door wreath that doesn’t take up space.

Blank slate small porch before fall decor.

However, I often feel that the most welcoming entrances are those that have a touch of personality. It makes the house feel like a home when you see someone’s personal touches on display.

What do you put on front porch in fall?

So that begs the question, “what do you put on a front porch in fall?”

Thankfully, there are as many answers to that question as there are decorating styles!

Front porch decorated for fall.

Some people prefer a more modern look while others love traditional fall decor. Depending on your personal preference, you can add just about anything to your front porch decor for fall.

Here are a few ideas.

  1. Traditional Harvest Decor
    • Corn stalks
    • Hay bales
    • Carved Pumpkins
    • Warty Gourds
    • Wagons
    • Apples
    • Firewood
    • Flannel
  2. Natural Fall Decor
    • Dried flowers
    • Pumpkins
    • Gourds
    • Corn husk wreaths
    • Mums
  3. Modern Autumn Decor
    • Lanterns/Candles
    • Mums
    • Neutral Pumpkins
    • Simple floral wreaths
    • Urns with pumpkins or topiaries
    • Porch swings
    • Coir doormats

How do you make a small porch Look good?

Now, there are a lot of options to decorating a small porch for fall.

Pumpkins on a front porch

Thankfully, there are some very simple rules that I follow every time to create a look that is welcoming and beautiful.

  1. Create balance with the front door
  2. Work in groupings
  3. Vary height
  4. Stick to a simple color scheme
  5. Know when to stop
Cat on a rocking chair.

This year I decorated my front porch a variety of ways before I found the one that stuck.

Above you can see one option.

This option was my attempt to use a branch that had dried beautifully. However, it was top heavy and couldn’t resist our strong winds, even with heavy weights in the planter.

Free branches in a planter.

So, I ended up cutting up the branch and creating these free door swags.

With that different use of the branches, it freed me up to balance the door more efficiently.

Balanced front door with two planters.

As you can see, I also added a coir mat. This is a welcoming foundation and a great item for functionality as guests enter.

I kept the color scheme simple with green, browns and orange. And then, I added height with the plants and created groupings on each side of the porch.

This simple formula is all it takes to create a beautiful and welcoming front porch for fall, but on a budget!

You’ll also note that it isn’t over done. Many times, we add and add and add because something doesn’t feel right. However, knowing when to stop (or when to take things away) is a big key to success for small porches.

Rocker with blanket and pillow.

A small porch overcrowded with decor quickly becomes a hindrance to guests. Not to mention, for daily use if it’s your main entrance.

So balancing form and functionality is key with porch decor.

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I hope these simple tips for small porch fall decorating have been helpful to you!

A small front porch decorated for fall.

If you want to see more fall front porch decorating ideas, make sure to check out these articles next.

You can also visit my fall decorating archives here.

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~Sarah

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