Shared from the 10/21/2017 Charlotte Observer eEdition

Front Porch Décor for Fall

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Photo by Brooke Adler

Whether your home has a spacious patio or cozy front porch, there are limitless ways you can spruce up this outdoor space for fall. Add some pumpkins, accent it with some florals, or adorn it with wreaths and garlands. From traditional to rustic to whimsical, our designers share their ideas for autumn-inspired décor that will take center stage this season.

CREATE A WARM COLOR PALETTE

According to Brooke Adler, owner of Brooke Adler Interiors, the color palette this fall leans more toward warmth. “Some of the top colors are burnt orange, port, and olive,” she says. “It’s easy to knock out the burnt orange with traditional pumpkins, and you can incorporate olive with Hubbard or Kabocha squash—and add in some white pumpkins to break up these colors. Incorporate port into your wreath, pots, or decorative pillows.”

ADD SOMETHING UNEXPECTED

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If you’re tired of the typical orange and black—or your style has more of a modern edge—consider the idea of fall en blanc. “With the rising popularity of white pumpkins and gourds, creating a modern yet festive display is easier than ever,” says Cheryl Luckett, owner of Dwell by Cheryl. “Try utilizing clear lights, white pumpkins, and other white décor to keep things clean and modern.” DRESS UP YOUR PUMPKINS

Monogrammed and decorative painted pumpkins have become popular alternatives to carving. “Metallic paint is always fun and festive,” Adler says. “Use paint to decorate your pumpkin with a fun monogram, festive phrase, or a modern design such as chevron.” Another option is to cut strips of fabric and apply a decoupage medium to adhere to your pumpkin. “I also love the idea of using pumpkins—faux or real—as planters for fall plants and foliage,” Luckett adds.

WELCOME GUESTS WITH COLORFUL WREATHS AND GARLANDS

When it comes to both wreaths and garlands, the good news is that materials are typically interchangeable. “The farmhouse look is in right now and won’t be going away anytime soon,” Adler says. “My favorite is seeded eucalyptus leaves fanned in with clematis and olive branches, sprinkled with small pinecones or acorns. I have seen some beautiful southern-themed ones that incorporate cotton stems, magnolia leaves mixed in with quail feathers and dried flowers, and wreaths incorporating burlap. The goal is for the wreath to look as natural as possible.”

ACCENT IT WITH FALL FLORALS

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Photo by April Waltz Photography/Courtesy of Brooke Adler Interiors

“While mums are a great traditional choice, sunflowers (especially the Mexican varieties) are my go-to flowers this time of year,” Luckett says. “Plant them in late summer, and by the time the early days of fall arrive they are in full bloom. Orange varieties in addition to the traditional yellow option offer a cheery pop to your fall décor.” A beautiful planter can also tie the look together. “A cheap-looking planter will take away from the beautiful floral display,” Adler says. “They can be pricey but really make a difference and can be used with various plants throughout the year.”

MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A SMALL SPACE

If you’re working with a small outdoor space, the worst thing you can do is overcrowd it. “Less is more,” Adler says. “Go with simpler décor, but be sure the items you choose are a proportionate size to occupy the space—undersized items will make the space look smaller and unintentional.” To avoid a cluttered display, consider lining your steps with bundles of mums and pumpkins, or frame the home’s front door with vines or garlands.

BRING THE INDOORS OUTSIDE

“Think about how you can cozy up your porch by bringing in elements traditionally used indoors,” Luckett says. “Items like blankets in fall colors or prints, baskets, and outdoor table lamps can be used to decorate your porch and create a homey feel outdoors.” If you have front porch seating, update it by adding fall-colored pillows. “You may be hesitant to make the investment, but you will use them year after year and can keep them out from September to November,” Adler says. “Another way to do a simple update is to switch out your doormat to something that is more fall-colored or themed.”

EASILY TRANSITION FROM HALLOWEEN TO THANKSGIVING

Mix some Halloween decorations in with your fall display for the month of October, but let your autumn decor shine from September through November. “There is nothing more classic than a beautiful fall wreath, my favorite being the ones that incorporate seeded eucalyptus and dried flowers,” Adler says. “I love flat, stacked pumpkins in various colors and sizes resting on iron planters, corn stalks tied to columns, tall, statement planters with fall colored blooms that vary in color, size and texture, and purposefully arranged warty pumpkins and gourds on front steps that look slightly haphazard.”

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