One of the best ways to participate in the fun of fall is to decorate your front porch, steps, and door with a seasonal display. Outdoor autumn displays add to the season’s beauty and give your Kalamazoo home a warm, welcoming, and cheerful look. With these simple tips from our design experts at VanderSalm’s Flowershop and Garden Center, you’ll instantly increase your curb appeal, impressing your neighbors, friends, and family with your home’s festive exterior.
1. Fall Flowers
Mums and Pumpkins
Chrysanthemums are fall’s favorite flowers. They grow in several variations of blooms — from buttons to spider chrysanthemums — and they bloom in just about every color of the rainbow, including all of autumn’s favorites like yellow, gold, bronze, orange, copper, and red! Potted chrysanthemums are perfect for this time of year. Since they’re in season in the fall, they’ll bloom abundantly until winter. Just be sure to bring yours inside before any frosty weather. To create a visually interesting floral display, consider mixing potted mums with other potted flowers and plants like goldenrod, sunflowers, marigolds, lantana, leafy croton plants, and purple-green potted kale.
2. Cozy Textiles
If you have outdoor furniture on your front porch, now’s the time to switch out your summery pillows and cushions for ones featuring autumn-style prints and fabrics. Look pillows and cushions in plaid printed flannel and wool featuring autumn colors like apple red, dark green, gold, and navy. Add a few warm blankets to the pile, so you can snuggle up with a mug of hot apple cider on a chilly day and enjoy a pretty autumn day!
3. Pile on the Pumpkins
Fall wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins — lots of them! Don’t be afraid to go a little crazy when it comes to adding pumpkins and gourds to your autumn decorations. You really can’t have too many (unless they’re blocking your doorway). Select several in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures to add visual dynamic to your design.
Although carving pumpkins is popular for Halloween, we recommend leaving them intact to ensure they last throughout the fall season. Instead of hollowing them out, you can spray them in metallic silver or gold or paint them with fun designs, using festive seasonal stencils. If you’re hosting a party or dinner, stack a few and paint them with your house number to help your guests find your home with ease.
4. Front Door Fun
Fall Porch with Apples
Don’t forget your front door. To create a welcoming display, this should always be the focal point of your design. You can do playful decorations, like this basket of sweet hospitality or hang a more traditional wreath featuring autumn flowers, miniature pumpkins, pinecones, and fall ribbons. If your door’s design can’t accommodate a wreath, then you can highlight it by draping a garland of flowers or foliage around the frame.
5. Be Abundant
Festive Fall Porch
Harvest, a favorite theme of fall, is all about abundance. So, why not decorate abundantly too? You can create a cornucopia look on your front porch by mixing all sorts of different autumn decorations like flowers, other potted plants, pumpkins, and autumn accents like cornstalks, hay bales, and scarecrows. To keep everything looking put-together and balanced, go for an arrangement that maintains a line of symmetry around the focal point of your design, which is probably the front door.
Decorate with Fall Flowers Indoors, Too!
There’s no reason the festive fun has to stop at the front door! You can celebrate the season with fall floral arrangements designed especially for your home. You can bring the beauty of an autumn stroll to the center of your dining room table with our beloved Sugar Maples arrangement. This bouquet features chrysanthemums in all the favorite colors of fall (yellow, bronze, and green) accented with orange roses, sunflowers, hypericum berries, and eucalyptus. This bouquet feels just like walking through a forest of changing leaves!
To view our complete selection of autumn floral designs, we welcome you to stop by VanderSalm’s Flowershop and Garden Center or browse our selection online!