As fall rolls into towns across the country, you may be looking for ways to spruce up and decorate your front porches. Using the season's rich colors, you can create a warm and welcoming space to greet your guests as they arrive. If you have a large porch, consider adding a seating area for guests, and then try some decorative touches.
Invest in some quality wicker chairs and a side table, and decorate the area with outdoor cushions in warm fall colors, such as orange, gold and red. If you don't have room for a seating area, a door wreath is a great option for bringing the same bright colors into the space.
Hay bales are another fall decorating favorite. Stack bales on either side of the steps, near your mailbox or by your front door. Add visual interest to the grouping by adding scarecrows, sunflowers, leaves and faux ravens to the mix. Solar-powered lanterns are also a great choice. They charge themselves throughout the day and then emit a warm glow at night. Place them along your walkway to light the way for guests as they approach your door.
Add color to your porch through terra cotta planters. These reddish colored pots come in a variety of sizes and can be used to hold any number of fall's richly colored flowers. Place small planters along each porch step or use them to frame the front door. If you want something a little out of the box, consider using corn stalks as a decoration. You can prop a bundle in the corner or even tie several bunches around a porch post.
Turn decorating into a family affair by asking each family member to select a pumpkin and arrange it on the porch. Pick a day to carve them together about a week before Halloween. Place battery-operated lights inside each pumpkin and watch as the jack-o-lanterns cast an eerie glow across your porch.