Fall Inspiration: Outdoor Decorating Ideas
It's not too early, I promise.
I could not be more ready for fall, but after a brutally hot summer, can you blame me? Decorating your interior for the season is a given, but what about the exterior? Get your outdoor spaces fall-ready with these lovely decorating ideas:
A Fresh Take on an Autumn Wreath
H. Camille Smith
Steering away from the traditional, this moss-covered beauty incorporates autumnal ribbon roses, silk fall leaves and acorns. The pop of green is refreshing and unexpected for fall, which makes it a great choice for the front door.
Welcome Guests With a Custom Doormat
Design a doormat that makes your feet happy. For this project, visit your local craft store to find a plain doormat to decorate. You can download the Autumn Daze template or choose your own stencil to use.
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Decorate the Front Porch
Create a display that will last all season long. For visual appeal, vary the height of the straw and lanterns and stick to a color theme.
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Bring a touch ofÂ ambianceÂ to your porch with lanterns. For maximum visual impact, group the lanterns together and be consistent with your choice of pillar candles.
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Prepare for the Cooler Nights
We’re not too far away from those chilly evenings. Put together a basket of blankets for guests to wrap around them as the sun starts to set. End the perfect night with a bonfire and s’mores.
Spruce up the Garden
It’s time to think about adding fall color to your garden or planting your fall crops. Yellow, red and orange mixed with green makes for a lovely color combination. Clear the pathway and add a festive wreath to the entrance.
Don’t Forget About the Garage
Most people don’t think about decorating the garage for the season. Vinyl decals work well to show your festivity without being permanent. You can select decals that will last the whole season or opt for a Halloween theme instead. Find more ideas for cool silhouettes here.
Garage Door Pumpkin Patch
Decorate your garage doors this Halloween with vinyl decals. All you need are some sheets of adhesive vinyl, scissors and a little bit of time! We cut out a majestic buck looking out over a pumpkin patch while a colony of bats soars into the sky behind him. If your garage door rolls up and down, be sure to cut the vinyl at each seam in the door so the panels can move freely as the door opens.
Create a Cozy Hangout
Complete with throw pillows, blankets and a fire pit, this is the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows. Long after the sun fades, the deck makes for a great entertaining place to reminisce with friends and family.
Try Something Different With Pumpkins
Pumpkins are a staple of the season, so why not display them in a unique way? Turn your pumpkins into planters and fill them with succulents. You can showcase them in your garden, on your front porch or wherever your heart desires.
Let the Plants Do the Talking
Your home’s front entry does not have to be completely decked out. As the saying goes, a little goes a long way. Simply, let the landscaping take the center stage and add some planters along the walkway.
Entry Garden With Autumn Accents
Fall containers, window boxes and hanging baskets complement established plantings at this country-style home. Mums, ornamental kale and grasses, and decorative accents like cornstalks, dried flower wreaths and country-style ornaments complete the inviting harvest display.
Photo by Janet Loughrey
Hang Festive Lanterns
Mini pumpkin lanterns are a cute way to light up your walkway or garden pathway. You won’t need many supplies to make these carved darlings.
Wow With an Outdoor Tablescape
Get ready to impress with an incredible outdoor dining experience. Just look at the view! Setup a picnic table with fall décor, sip some wine and enjoy the company, you’re going to be here awhile.
Feed the Birds While You're at It
Birds will start to look for reliable sources of food when the weather cools down. Include a gourd bird feeder with your outdoor decor. Continue making feeders throughout the winter months to make sure the bird population sticks around your yard. This is a great project for kids; take a look at the instructions >>
Sprinkle in Some Cabbage or Kale
You don't have to like the taste of it to decorate with it. Flowering cabbage and kale will bring bright hues to your autumn landscape. Try combining these eye-catching plants with sweet alyssum, viola, nemesia, and garden mums. Best of all, flowering cabbage and kale stand up to temps as low as 5°F and light snows. In areas where frost comes early, buy these plants in the largest size you can find, because once the cold air hits, they'll stop growing.