Traditional Fall Porch: Autumn Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Looking for some outdoor fall decorating ideas? This year, I’m going with a more traditional fall porch than I have in the past and I’m loving it. Heirloom pumpkins, simple green wreaths, and mums create a subtle but festive fall porch!

Well, as is typical of California during this time of year, we are in a full-on heat wave! It’s so hot in fact that as I was arranging pumpkins and photographing the porch, it was in the high 90’s! 😉

Nonetheless, I’m feeling very fall-ish and enjoying the decorating (and pumpkin spice drinking and candle burning!) And the porch is definitely a favorite area to decorate.

I love that it sets the tone for the season and for the interiors. And this year’s fall porch is much more traditional than anything I’ve done in the past! Frequently, I’m doing more muted tones, and last year I used richer tones of magenta and plum!

But this year, I really wanted to go with a more traditional feel. I’ve still put my spin on it, mixing in lots of white and green heirloom pumpkins and green wreaths to create a slightly subtle take on traditional autumn colors. 


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Hello and happy fall from Hudson!


french country style fall porch decor with wreaths mums and pumpkins

Usually I choose more ‘seasonal’ type wreaths, but I wanted to go much simpler this year. I used an uncomplicated wreath made of eucalyptus. Then I added some rust colored ribbon and called it done! I actually love the green wreaths so much I’m wondering why I haven’t used them before?!

This wreath is gorgeous, affordable and oh-so versatile! I’ve used it indoors as fall decor in the past, as well as on the porch at Christmas.


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heirloom pumpkins and lanterns on fall porch decorating idea

Since I was using the more traditional rust colors in the mums and the ribbons, I didn’t want to use a lot of orange pumpkins. Instead, I focused on mostly white, with a few of the green Jarrahdale, and some of the muted fairytale ones.


heirloom pumpkins lantern on fall porch

A few mums in orange and white as well as my favorite lanterns added color and warmth.


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In the large barrel on the left, I filled the planter with some natural grasses surrounded by mums.


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I hope you’re all enjoying your fall (and hopefully getting more seasonal weather than we are!) and that this gives you some ideas for decorating your own porch!

I think magazines and Pinterest tend to give us the impression we need corn stalks, hay bales and 101 pumpkins in order to decorate a fall porch, but nothing could be further from the truth!

Simple wreaths, a few mums and some muted pumpkins make for a subtle but still festive porch – and it was super simple to put together!


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And now I hope you’ll visit some of my friends below who are also sharing some gorgeous fall porch decorating ideas!

Shades of Blue Interiors | Our Fifth House | Mint Candy Designs


Rooms For Rent Blog | Almafied | Live Pretty on a Penny


Craftberry Bush | Little Glass Jar | Maison de Cinq


City Farmhouse | Stacy Risenmay | The Nester


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more fall decorating and inspiration below!

Simple Fall Decorating with Subtle Autumn Colors 

Simple Fall Kitchen Decorating in the Warm Colors of Fall 

Easy & Elegant Fall Mantel using Soft Autumn Colors 


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  1. Tonya G Stoltzfus says:

    I had already decorated my porch in the regular colors…I saw yours and I am completely starting over! Have to have mine look like yours! It is gorgeous!!!

    1. Oh my gosh you are the cutest!! Thank you Tonya, you seriously made my day! 🙂

      Happy fall!


  2. Lovely ideas as always! Your beautiful Golden adds another layer of beauty and love.

    1. Aww thanks so much Karen! He loves to pose for the camera haha!


  3. I love the gorgeous terracotta posts and the pumpkins! So so beautiful!