The air is becoming crisper, days are getting shorter and leaves are changing color – yes folks fall has arrived! In the spirit of all things autumn, it is now time to create an inviting outdoor environment for your guests by displaying autumn-themed décor on your front porch or back patio. Here is a guide on a few outdoor fall decorating tips to get you inspired to create your own fall-themed oasis!



When decorating any outdoor space, it’s important to keep nature in mind. Traditional favorites are items such as bales of hay, layered with pumpkins and mum in rustic wooden baskets. Other plants, such as ornamental cabbage and sunflowers, are also great for filling containers. However, if you stick to the deep rich colors of the season, any fresh flowers or plants will add life, color and fragrance to a space.

outdoor fall decor nature



While taking inspiration from Mother Nature, be sure to incorporate beautiful color into your space. Look to nature for color inspiration. While shades of orange, red, yellow and brown are traditional for autumn, colors such as aqua, pink, purple and black can be used just as easily to give your outdoor space an autumn feel. It’s not just color that evokes a feeling of fall, it’s all the little details and how they come together to make a space feel seasonal.

outdoor fall decor color



Along with the beautiful colors and warm smells of fall, come chilly temperatures. Make your outdoor spaces cozy by keeping pillows and blankets nearby. Not only do they provide added warmth for chilly evenings – but they also add a splash of color and texture as well. Store them in a waterproof outdoor storage box to keep them dry and fresh.

outdoor fall decor cozy



Adding a bit of light to every outdoor space is essential – be it string lights, candles or an outdoor fire pit. With days being shorter and nights coming earlier during this season, having adequate light is both essential and also adds an incredible amount of charm and ambiance to an outdoor space. For the ultimate effect, try a mix of electric light and real flickering flames.

outdoor fall decor lighting



Let’s start with the obvious. Pumpkins and gourds instantly add fall ambiance. Whether you’re using real or faux, stretch your creativity and style your pumpkin in fun and whimsical ways. Depending on your preference, stick to using simple and chic touches. Other accessories, such as acorns, leaves, branches and wheat can add instant harvest appeal to your outdoor space. Often available in your own backyard, these items are an inexpensive way to add natural texture.

outdoor fall decor accessories


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