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11 Best Cozy Front Porch Ideas for Fall

Who loves porch sitting? Get ready for the best cozy front porch ideas to help you enjoy your outdoor seating areas this fall.

Whether your porch is large or small, these tips will help create a warm and inviting space to cozy up and sit for a spell.

In addition, to these 11 ideas, you will see how to cozy up your porch in the evenings.

Pinterest Challenge

Today I’m joining Cindy at County Road 407 for her Monthly Pinterest Challenge. This month’s inspiration photo comes from Sugar Maple Farmhouse and has many cozy elements that I know you will love.

If you are joining me from Kristin at White Arrows Home, I’m so glad you stopped by. I know you loved her great Fall Porch Decorating Ideas.

Welcome To My Cozy Front Porch

Y’all know that I love a big front porch. In fact, I consider our porch to be the entry of our home. Once you pass through the front doors, you are inside the living room.

Therefore, the front porch is where we welcome our guests, and we designed and decorated it as an extension of our living area.

We have added several DIY projects that help to create a cozy feeling on the white farmhouse porch.

I love how the DIY address sign is enhanced by the shed leaves garland and corn stalks.

In addition, Rudy loves to take center stage on the front porch. He blends perfectly with the corn stalks, fall leaves, pumpkins, and mums surrounding the front doors.

Address Sign, DIY Shutters, DIY Planters for a cozy front porch idea.

How Do You Create A Cozy Front Porch?

First, the definition of cozy is: “giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation”!

Therefore, creating a cozy feeling on a porch requires comfortable seating with plenty of pillows and blankets for cool fall weather.

Adding rugs, subdued lighting, and plenty of florals and pumpkins will help up the cozy factor.

So let’s break down each element.

Rudy on front porch decorated for fall

Rocking Chairs

Rocking chairs are just an invitation to have a seat and sit a spell. Am I right?

We have filled our front porch with several Kennedy Rocking Chairs for comfortable seating and to help create a welcoming environment.

With the addition of throw blankets, they are easy to rearrange to meet the seating needs of our guests.

Cozy rocking chairs and throw blankets by front doors

Throw Blankets

In addition to comfortable seating, another front porch idea is to add a few throw blankets. You will linger longer and feel more relaxed when you are not cold.

This is especially important during the cooler fall days. You will see several throw blankets scattered around the porch all year long.

The gold chunky throw blanket is cozy, and the color enhances the other porch decor. In addition, the blankets add lots of texture to the porch decor.

Planters filled with pumpkins and corn stalks for cozy front porch

Front Porch Idea – Cozy Rugs

Adding rugs to your front porch is another way to create that cozy, warm feeling.

They also help to create seating areas as you will see around the porch swing.

At the front door, I’ve layered the front door rug with a warmer-colored leaf rug for fall.

Can you see Rudy in the photo? LOL! He blends right in with the rug, doesn’t he?

Rudy by doors decorated for fall

Front Porch Ideas – Fall Wreaths

Wreaths are no longer just for Christmas! Most people tend to have a wreath on their door year-round.

Therefore, adding a fall wreath to your door is another way to make your home feel welcoming to guests.

I rarely add wreaths to my doors because I love the view from the french doors. However, I almost always have wreaths hanging on either side.

Last year we installed these DIY door shutters, which make a perfect resting spot for the wreaths from Floral Treasure.

DIY Planters with pumpkin, corn stalks, and mums.

Candles & Subdued Lighting

Nothing ruins the atmosphere more than harsh lighting. Therefore, I love adding plenty of candlelight to the front porch.

This can include battery-operated candles or real candles.

Rocking Chairs, Throw Blankets for front porch sitting.

We also installed dimmers light switches on the lantern shape lights by the doors.

Porch lights with dimmers increase the coziness of the front porch
Porch lights with dimmers increase the coziness of the front porch

Porch Swing

Who can resist a porch swing? You can definitely begin the relaxation process after only a few minutes in a swing.

A large front porch allows me to have a swing in this seating area by our master bedroom.

However, if your space is more limited, opt for a bench or a love seat for additional seating.

Swing draped in DIY Corn Stalks Garland for fall decor.

Fall Porch Ideas – Corn Stalks

I recently shared how to make a corn stalk garland, and I love the cozy feel it gives to the swing.

Corn stalks are a great way to decorate for fall. They really warm up a porch, and if you’re lucky, you can get them for free.

Place a bundle beside your doors or wrap them around a porch post. This video shows how I’ve used them to fill my planters.

In addition to the corn stalk garland, I shared these cute corn stalk topiaries for inside the house.

porch swing with corn stalk garland and fall throw pillows


While we are on the subject of fall decor, you have to have some pumpkins.

I love using both corn stalks and pumpkins on the porch. Because our fall can be warm, I use a mix of both natural and faux.

I have only added a few real pumpkins this year because the temperatures have just started to dip.

This trio of real pumpkins makes up the centerpiece for the coffee table, along with an urn filled with marigolds.

I wrapped a garland of faux berries around the pumpkins to pull the centerpiece together.

A trio of real pumpkins and an urn filled with marigolds make a great centerpiece for the coffee table.

The DIY Faux Galvanized Planters are filled with corn husks, faux autumn ferns, and faux pumpkins. The evening sun is intense, and real pumpkins would not last long in these planters.

11 Best Cozy Front porch Ideas for fall

Mums For Front Porch Decor

Another front porch decor idea is to add mums. However, just like the pumpkins, you must wait for cooler temperatures.

In addition, their blooming season is limited; if you purchase in full bloom, you will not be able to enjoy them for long.

I couldn’t resist adding one that was blooming. However, the others that you see here will look great before long.

Farmhouse Front Porch decorated for Fall with Tall planters, door shutters and address sign


Don’t you just love pillows? It’s one of the easiest ways to update a space on a budget.

Notice how the fall pillows draw your attention to the porch swing.

My best advice is to purchase pillow covers whenever possible. Switch out the pillow fillers seasonally, and you can easily store lots of pillow covers.

Seating area with porch swing and vintage wicker, diy coffee table and large rug.

String Lights

I love adding subdued lighting. We talked about candlelight and adding dimmers to your outdoor light fixtures; however, adding some string lights or twinkle lights also helps.

The porch is surrounded by Edison bulb string lights that are dimmable. I love how pretty they make the porch look.

In addition, I have twinkle lights on the swing garland.

The subtle addition of these tiny lights makes the porch feel cozy as we watch the sun disappear.

Evening view of front porch swing decorated for fall

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11 Best Cozy Front Porch Ideas for Fall

Christy @ Our Southern Home

Monday 10th of October 2022

Rachel, Your porch is so welcoming for fall. I love studying the photos to see all of your fabulous treasures. I think that Rudy is the most adorable fall accessory!


Monday 10th of October 2022

Christy, You are so sweet. Yes, Rudy is the star of the tours. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 2nd of October 2022

It's litterally impossible to pick which one of these fabulous spaces I love most, Rachel. I love all the texture you added and how you created little vignettes of cozy goodness from one end to the other. It's all really beautiful. Loving and pinning as always sweet friend, CoCo


Sunday 2nd of October 2022

CoCo, I really appreciate you for your encouraging words.


Sunday 2nd of October 2022

Love your porch Rachel!


Sunday 2nd of October 2022

Stacy, I appreciate this.

Lora Bloomquist

Saturday 1st of October 2022

Your porch is so beautiful and welcoming! I absolutely love the swing garland; it's like a frame for your pretty scenery. What a fun place to be in the evening!


Saturday 1st of October 2022

Lora, I really appreciate your kind comments.


Thursday 29th of September 2022

Rachel, your front porch is so perfect for fall. I’d be happy to have half your space. All your details add to the warm and cozy atmosphere. Love the pillows, throws and rugs. Love the cornstalks, too. Your sweet pup looks a lot like ours. They do blend in to fall colors.


Friday 30th of September 2022

Carol, Thanks so much for your kinds words.