Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.
It was a long time coming, but the seasons here in North Texas seem to have finally clicked into place. Mark the transition with a much-needed front door update. Whether your home’s entry consists of a grand wraparound porch or is just a simple doorstep, you can create an inviting entrance for your family and friends to enjoy this season.
With so many fall objects and colors to choose from, it can be overwhelming to nail down a cohesive look that fits the existing style of your home. Follow these steps for your chicest, most inviting entryway yet.
The first step to creating a fall-ready doorstep is to define your color scheme. For a traditional, rustic look, go with shades of orange, brown and red. Combine gray and white with black details for a more modern approach. Another option is to use a mix of jewel tones. These shades, including emerald green, ruby red and amethyst purple, dominate chic fall wardrobes, so why not incorporate them into your décor? Highlight these luxe colors with neutrals such as white or beige wherever you can.
In order to make less work for yourself, keep your front door décor transitional. Halloween is quickly followed by Thanksgiving, so instead of tying your door décor to a Halloween theme (skeletons, bats, witches and so on), go for a more general fall theme that will last you through Thanksgiving. A few pieces might even last through the holidays with just a few minor tweaks. Pumpkins, gourds and leaves are classic yet versatile fall décor accents. Make traditional elements your own by using an interesting color palette or unique configurations. This fall, I love the idea of decorating our pumpkins with our house number using glitter.
As always, a front door is not complete without seasonal foliage. If you’re not the gardening type, fake a green thumb with a pumpkin topiary. All you have to do is stack successively smaller pumpkins on top of each other, either on a planter or on the ground. It helps if your pumpkins are of the more flat variety! For those who enjoy getting their hands dirty, plant species that not only add color to your doorstep but are also hardy enough to withstand cold weather. English ivy and ornamental cabbage are two of my fall go-tos. Other options for instant foliage include hay bales and large vases filled with bare branches. These additions will lend some autumnal texture to your entryway, however when the holidays roll around, you could remove the hay and winterize the branches by glitter-dipping the ends or wrapping them with tiny twinkle lights.
A tried-and-true way to bring the fall season to your doorstep is with a handmade wreath. Wreaths can be made out of all kinds of materials, from burlap to twigs, and can be personalized to fit the style of your home. Even if you choose to buy a wreath instead of making one from scratch you can add a personal touch by gluing on fallen leaves from a tree in your front yard or sticking on figures made by your kids. Cornhusk figures are a fun project to tackle with kids this time of year!
For those with a porch, be sure to continue your chosen décor theme there as well. If you have a porch swing or an assortment of weatherproof furniture, incorporate fall-appropriate pillows and cozy throw blankets. Pillows in a stylish, yet durable fabric such as burlap are perfect choices. Personalize these pillows by painting a stencil on them. Make the most your pillows by taking advantage of their two sides: Put a Halloween motif on the front and a Thanksgiving design on the back!
Take these ideas and run with them, and soon you’ll have the most stylish doorstep on the block!