Fall front door trends – 6 ways to adorn your home with seasonal style

Interiors experts offer insight into their favorite looks for front doors in fall

Fall front door
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Start off the new season by exploring fall front door trends that will boost your home's seasonal curb appeal.

Fall front door decor moves on subtly every season, though fall trends outdoors always hint at a cozy and inviting mood inside.

Our experts have provided their tips and favorite interior design trends, from inviting color palettes, to the use of natural and rustic elements, to help you create a welcoming front door design that captures the seasonal spirit. 

As the leaves change colors and the temperatures drop, there's one thing that stays consistent, and that's the popularity of these fall front door trends. 

Introducing these trends to your fall front door decor isn't about embracing a seasonal craze that will look out of place next year, but rather about incorporating and adapting  timeless new twists to classic designs. This starts with creating a theme for your fall decor, whether rustic, modern, or woodland-inspired, so that you can create a cohesive and inviting aesthetic.

1. Double wreaths

spring porch with easter wreath

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This season, as usual, fall wreaths are the forefront of fall front door trends, but what has changed is that we are seeing exciting new ways to display them.

'I've noticed a new fall front door decor trend of hanging two matching wreaths, either side by side on double front doors, or one above the other on single front doors,' says Lucy Searle, Editor in Chief, Homes & Gardens

'Assuming the proportions of the wreaths are right – in other words, they don't overwhelm the front door by being too big – this can be really impactful and eye-catching. A double-wreath effect, I think, looks best when there is very pared back fall porch decor around it, because then the wreaths can be the clear focal point.'

Lucy Searle
Lucy Searle

Lucy Searle has written about interiors, property and gardens for over 30 years, starting within the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-1990s. In 2018, Lucy took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. She was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where she has also taken on the editorship of the magazine, which is the UK's oldest interiors magazine at 103 years old. Lucy is a serial renovator and also owns rental properties in the UK and Europe, so brings first-hand knowledge to the subjects she oversees.

2. Unconventional wreath shapes

Rectangular wreath

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Another eye-catching fall trend for front doors is non-typical wreath shapes.

'If you want a contemporary approach to the fall wreath, one trend is new wreath shapes, such as this rectangular wreath (above), available at Etsy. The contemporary trend, however, doesn't have to mean it's limited to modern homes – the floral arrangement you choose and foliage you add can still give it a rustic appeal, while the ribbon you pick can complement the color of your front door or surrounding fall porch decor or the fall decor inside the entryway.'

You can make a fall wreath to suit your style by using a bare rectangular wreath frame, like this one from Amazon, adding your own foliage and flowers. Our other, favorite fall wreaths are just below.

3. Choose fall door colors

Green front door with traditional stain-glass and christmas wreath decoration

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If you are considering repainting your front door for fall, there are the classic fall color schemes, such as yellows, oranges as reds, but this season there is also a shift into darker, more understated fall colors that are still equally eye-catching for front door ideas.

Jonathan Faccone, interior designer and the founder of Halo says, 'I would suggest dark colors, such as navy blue or forest green as they can provide a warm and classic look for your home's entrance. If you're looking for something more modern, consider choosing an exotic wood finish such as walnut or rosewood. For instance, you can incorporate a wood panel with different colors and materials that will make your front entrance look unique.'

Make sure you choose a color scheme that complements the rest of your home's

Jonathan Faccone
Jonathan Faccone

Jonathan Faccone is a full-time real estate investor and developer. He is the Managing Member of Halo Homebuyers, a real estate home-buying company based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and doing business throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Halo Homebuyers has been named one of the best home-buying companies in NJ by Clever, Upnest, Houzeo & Real Estate Witch.

4. Add metallic accents and textures

yellow front door porch with spring wreath, traditional lantern, stained glass, patterned tiles

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Another emerging fall front door trend is the use of metallic elements to enhance the warmth of a space. If you want to make a slightly less drastic change to your front door than painting it, then Mohammad Ahmed, founder of The Home Guidance suggests, 'Consider updating door knobs or adding rustic knockers. Often overlooked, these subtle changes can elevate the entire aesthetic.'

Copper, gold or brass accents can be incorporated in door handles, knockers, letterboxes, house numbers and even decorative lanterns. These hues are not only an elegant and unifying touch, but they also can also bring out the hues in outdoor lights and rustic front door decorations. You can also pick other metallic decorative elements to suit these themes, for example by finding a copper-colored ribbon for your wreath.

5. Add in seasonal decorations

fall front door decor, statement wreath and pumpkins

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Vintage-inspired or rustic decor is another fall front door trend that's also a timeless way to create a stylish seasonal display. You can hang items such as antique outdoor lanterns either side of your door, layer different sized pumpkins or large candles to bring a warm ambiance, or create decorative displays either side of the door by combining all these different elements.

'Decorative components can be made from baskets or crates. Put seasonal flowers, gourds, and little pumpkins in them. These rustic accents will add character to your front porch,' advises Kerry Sherin, consumer advocate at Ownerly.

Alternatives to natural decor are also becoming increasingly popular this season; Items such as glass and wicker pumpkins and LED candles with leaf imprints are some of our favorites. These top picks below are on trend this season.

6. Supersize your decorative door mat

fall porch ideas with mums and checked rug

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Door mats can be a fun and highly customizable way to welcome fall to your front door area, and one of the most popular door mat trends this season is layering your door mat on top of an outdoor rug.

Jason Farr, Founder of Aviara Pavers INC recommends you find 'warm-toned door mats like rustic brown, deep burgundy, and rust with leafy prints on it.' 

You can then layer these with more neutral colors. 

7. Include natural elements

fall front door decor, hand tied eucalyptus bouquets

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One of the staple outdoor fall decor ideas around front doors is to use natural elements such as plants and, pumpkins, gourds, garlands, pinecones, and cornstalks to give your front door a rustic and authentic feel. 

But what's on trend when it comes to this type of fall front door decor?

Firstly, finding plants for fall colors is key. This means displaying plants that enhance your fall color schemes, including fall flowers that complement your front door or door mat color. Find rustic pots for your fall planters to enhance the display.

Victoria Meadows at Victoria Meadows interiors recommends, 'For an eye-catching front door, go bold with potted mums in jewel toned plums and magentas. Mix in white pumpkins for an understated nod to the season.'

When it comes to displaying other natural elements, you can create carefully curated and designed display baskets. This can be done by filling a basket with hay bales, wooden crates, and seasonal produce like pumpkins, to create a seasonal centerpiece outside your front door.


How do you stage a front door for fall?

Depending on what kind of aesthetic you are trying to create with your front door, you should choose eye-catching colors and accessories to adorn your door. Paint it a warm color, line the door frame with a garland, add some lanterns and candles to your porch and invest in a fun door mat with seasonal patterns.

You could even consider creating your own fall decorations such as wreaths to add a personal and customizable touch to your front door.

Remember, fall front door trends will vary based on your personal preferences as well as regional styles, so by following our general guide should help you find colors and decorative items that suit your home. This is key to embracing the warmth of the season and creating an inviting atmosphere to lead into your fall entryway decor.

Lola Houlton
News writer

Lola Houlton is a news writer for Homes & Gardens. She has been writing content for Future PLC for the past six years, in particular Homes & Gardens, Real Homes and GardeningEtc. She writes on a broad range of subjects, including practical household advice, recipe articles, and product reviews, working closely with experts in their fields to cover everything from heating to home organization through to house plants. Lola is a graduate, who completed her degree in Psychology at the University of Sussex. She has also spent some time working at the BBC.