Text by Bethany Adams
Before your guests ever set foot in your home and see the seasonal beauty within, they’re welcomed by the sight of your front door. To help your home make the best first impression it can and set the stage for the rest of your décor, we’ve collected the most inspiring examples of front doors dressed for fall that we could find. From classic touches to twists on timeless themes, let these welcoming outdoor spaces influence your cottage’s exterior and help you extend a warm welcome to all who enter!
Nothing brings out the classic beauty of natural wood and cream tones than the traditional tones and textures of autumn! Corn stalks are a great way to add height and frame the door, and the seasonal wreath provides both visual interest and a bright pop of color!
Mix It Up
Mums will always be a fall favorite, but don’t hesitate to throw a few unexpected elements in with your home’s exterior display. Tucked among the classic corn stalks, eucalyptus, sunflowers, dahlias, and more add color and depth to this porch’s display. For an unexpected touch, a leopard-print throw pillow cozies up a chair, extending an invitation to curl up with a cup of cider and watch the leaves change!
Living that all-white life? What this stunning front porch lacks in color it makes up for in classic beauty, and we’re fully on board! Consider using neutral plaids, whitewashed decorative pumpkins, and notes of light wood tones to make sure guests are still greeted with the season’s warmth.
A Fairy-tale Fall Cottage
With so many enchanting architectural elements—from the rough-edged stone to the window box to the arched door—this exterior lends itself to an unforgettable fall display! To help its inherent beauty shine, the homeowner opted for simple and classic elements like decorative squash and a grapevine wreath with bursts of cotton.
Twin wicker swings make this the perfect place to enjoy both the weather and good company, and French doors provide the ideal spot for a pair of wreaths. Touches of blue in creative spaces—like a set of planters and buffalo check on the throw pillows—tie in the shade on the doors and add a cheery, unexpected layer to the mainly neutral seasonal additions.
While it’s true that less can sometimes be more, this porch proves that going all out has its charms, too! Don’t be afraid to embrace your favorite seasonal element, like with these exploding displays of mums. A range of shades mixed in and among one another create depth and visual interest, leading the way to a front door that waits with a friendly greeting.
Pay attention to scale and height when planning your autumn porch design! Tall corn stalks and oversize urns are grounded by pumpkins placed on the ground or small-scale items like lanterns. Here, the décor frames the focal point of a leaded glass window, and the homeowner opted to hang a woven basket of wheat below to balance out the composition.