Front Porch Decorating
Front Porch Decorating
Fall is here in full force. Even though the days continue to be sunny and quite warm, the mornings are crisp and the nights cool down considerably. The rain is… inevitable. So it’s time to put away all the deck cushions and start to think of hunkering down for the next two seasons.
And with that change of weather and change of our daily activities comes another thought-we get to change our décor! By this I don’t mean a full renovation (but that’s always a good project to embark on in the Fall as well) but just to update our décor for Fall. Indoors, we may be changing the throws in our living room or putting away the white dishes and bringing out the pottery or changing the cushions or linens on our beds. But for today’s blog I’d like to entice your eye with some eye candy about bringing our front porch into the season.
For summer we tend to use light airy colours in our planters and summer foliage but for Fall we can bring a more rustic, earthy element to our outdoors. Sourcing locally, you can go to a farmer’s market and find pumpkins and gourds in all colours. These are ideal for Fall decorating. Just pick a few of your faves and use them surrounding Fall plantings or planters- my faves are the white and grey pumpkins. They come in all sizes. Or put one or a grouping of three on a step. (Design tip: did you know when you place items in odd numbers it is more appealing to the eye?)
It is a good idea to remove the summer annuals from your planters and replace with winter plantings such as winter pansies. I keep my grasses in my front planter year round but change out the other plants in the planter. This really helps change the interest in a front porch-scape.
As the leaves start to fall they can add another layer to our exteriors and the pumpkins and gourds tie in beautifully with these as well.
You can make a Fall wreath or even three cobs of colourful corn can be displayed or tied together with raffia for an earthy Autumnal decoration.
Using a bucket or old watering can with a leaf garland or other Fall foliage would be a great addition to a front porch.
Another Fall favourite is hydrangeas. They can be left to dry and they still keep a rich colour and can be very eye catching in an urn or other display vessel.
What are you doing this season to change our your front porch. Send us a picture and let us see!!