Cooler weather doesn't mean the end of outdoor decorating. "Design should never be done," says Alyssa Kapito of . "Changing things up seasonally is fresh and festive and keeps your home from feeling tired. Even small details that are thoughtful can be very inviting."
Think beyond the stoop and line the front walk with pumpkins, mums and stalks of corn. Don't forget up top either. Mini gourds on ledges put a seasonal spin on traditional window boxes.
What you'll need: fake pumpkins ($17, ), mums ($12, )
You could turn the porch lights on, but glimmering jack-o'-lanterns offer an even better welcome. Copy these leafy garlands using a free template or try one of our other carving ideas.
What you'll need: autumn leaf garland ($30, ), leaf stencil ($2, ), tall planter ($66, )
Decorating a pumpkin with your house number guides both trick-or-treaters and Thanksgiving visitors alike — or mark the spot on the silhouette of your favorite state.
What you'll need: fake pumpkin ($13, ), acrylic paint set ($18 and more, )
Mixed metals can make even gourds look glam. Use silver and gold leaf to dress up an otherwise plain exterior.
What you'll need: silver and gold leaf ($19, ), fake pumpkins ($28, )
Affordable mums are the ultimate fall plant. Mallory of used a mix of containers to set off the rainbow of blooms.
What you'll need: blue flower pot ($13, ), wooden flower pot ($9, ), yellow chrysanthemum seeds ($14, )
A soft gray and muted blue color palette is especially gorgeous in the fall, since it works with nearly all the hues of autumn. Here, ivory-hued pumpkins and white mums work harmoniously with the sophisticated exterior.
What you'll need: acrylic paint set ($18 and more, ), fake pumpkin assortment ($28, ), white mums ($29, )
To add a little more interest to standard urn planters, blogger Kim Wilson added an initial to each. The gold complements the hardware on the door and also stands out against the black surface.
What you'll need: urn planter ($33, ), gold paint ($4, )
These tall container gardens by plant and floral designer Christina Rose of makes a grand impression. "I love the simplicity of two planters flanking the door, making it a focal point," Rose says.
What you'll need: antique urn planter ($95, )
These tall potted grasses prove fall plants can be just as exciting as summer ones. "I recommend natural plants like ornamental mustard, natural wheat grasses, different variations of ornamental kale and pops of color with small chrysanthemums mixed in," she says.
What you'll need: black urn planter ($52, )
"Filling containers with natural autumnal textures can bring a pop of color to your doorstep and reflect an inviting atmosphere," Rose says. For this exterior, she added a third, low planter that puts the focus on the different colors and textures within.
What you'll need: antique urn planter ($95, ), antique flower box ($19, )
Skip carving altogether and fill a bench with mini pumpkins. Lined up, the gourds add the cutest dose of curb appeal you'll ever see.
What you'll need: wooden bench ($108, ), fake pumpkins ($10, )
This blogger added a bright red bench to her front yard, which offers a cheery spot to admire the autumnal foliage. We also love that the big front door wreath is noticeable even from far away.
What you'll need: wreath ($50, ), red bench ($200, )
While climbing vines would make anything look incredible, here they frame a vintage-chic vignette by Daune Pitman of . The rustic texture of the reclaimed French apple crates and chicken crates nod to the wood door. Orange and white pumpkins keep the look from seeming too dark.
What you'll need: fall wreath ($44, ), apple crates ($55, ), white pumpkins ($28, )
If you don't have enough room on your porch for a big display, simply relocate it to the front yard, like Heather of . It creates a natural focal point and provides support for heavier elements.
What you'll need: hay bale ($6, ),
pumpkin assortment ($28, ), red chrysanthemum seeds ($6, )
This blogger picked up the silvery-gray finish of her front door with her autumn decor. Birch branches in the urns, metallic-painted pumpkins and white pumpkins are cool and chic.
What you'll need: pumpkin assortment ($28, ), metallic paint ($23, ), metallic wreath ($105, )
Here's proof that October's exterior decor doesn't have to be creepy or kitschy. This blogger simply added a burlap "boo" sign and a few cornstalks, which nod to the holiday while still working with her neutral-toned home.
), wreath ($73, ), wooden ladder ($25, )
The always-creative updated her front porch in the most budget-friendly way possible: by painting thrift store-sourced wicker chairs bright yellow. Of course, the floor mat, pillows and potted plants also helped liven up the space.
What you'll need: wicker chair ($272 for two, ), seat cushions ($60 for two, ), green outdoor rug ($40, )
This exquisite entry has classic appeal. "Adding some potted boxwoods are a great way to spruce up your front porch for fall," Kapito says. "Boxwoods are all-season plants, so they'll look great even as the weather changes." She also recommends terracotta planters, which look great with virtually any exterior style.
What you'll need: boxwood cone tree ($42, )
Those with spacious porches will be inspired by this idea by Kylee of . She made this exterior area as comfy as an interior by incorporating chalk-painted furniture. Just think of the storage and display possibilities!
What you'll need: blue paint ($6, ), square cedar wreath ($52, )
Another great mix of pumpkins and mums, shown here at , only this time arranged asymmetrically. Did you catch the tiny pumpkins dotting the transom window?
), orange pumpkins ($17, ), black lanterns ($18, )