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The Ultimate Guide to 12 Exterior Fall Decoration Trends of 2023

October 5th, 2023 | 8 min. read

The Ultimate Guide to 12 Exterior Fall Decoration Trends of 2023

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With autumn approaching, it's time to bid farewell to the scorching Texas summer and embrace the crisp, cozy vibes of fall. And what better way to celebrate the season than by transforming your home's exterior with the latest and most exciting fall decoration trends of 2023?

As your trusted San Antonio home remodeling company since 1989, Southwest Exteriors is here to help you elevate and enhance your home both inside and out.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll dive into the top 12 exterior fall decoration trends that will not only make your home the envy of the neighborhood but also provide you with creative and fun DIY projects to enjoy.

So, let's dive into the world of fall decor, one trend at a time!


1. Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Kicking off our list is a timeless classic - pumpkins. This year, take your pumpkin game up a notch by opting for different shapes, sizes, and colors.

Beyond the traditional orange, embrace muted hues like white, blush, and even teal. Arrange them on your porch or steps for an inviting and festive look.

You can also carve or paint them for added charm. This activity is not only perfect for some family fun, but it adds a personal and unique touch to your home. 

Orange pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns with fall foliage sitting on a porch front.


2. Mums the Word: Burst of Fall Blooms

Chrysanthemums, or mums for short, are the epitome of fall blooms. Pot them in decorative containers and place them around your entryway for a burst of color.

Mix and match various shades like deep maroons, vibrant yellows, and rich purples to create an eye-catching display that's both vibrant and inviting.

Mums are a durable and hardy flower, allowing them to withstand cooler temperatures. This makes them perfect for the fall season.

A small pot with multiple colors of mum flowers with a small pumpkin sitting at the foot of the pot.


3. Rustic Wreaths: A Cozy Welcome

Welcome guests with a rustic wreath that screams "fall." Incorporate natural elements like twigs, pinecones, and dried leaves into your wreath for a cozy, cabin-in-the-woods vibe.

Don't forget to add a personalized touch like a monogram or a cute autumn-themed sign. Hang it on your front door to instantly set the mood for the season.

A front door with a fall wreath and welcome sign.


4. Harvest Welcome Signage: Personalized Greetings

Swap out your regular welcome mat for a seasonal one that screams "harvest time." Personalize it with your family name or a warm greeting to make your guests feel right at home.

A personalized welcome mat adds a touch of hospitality and warmth to your front porch.

A rustic small wooden sign with orange pumpkins that reads "welcome friends" in a quirky font.


5. Fairy Lights Galore: A Magical Ambiance

Don't let the shorter days dim your outdoor charm. String up some warm, inviting fairy lights around your porch, patio, or even in your trees. These lights create a magical ambiance perfect for those crisp fall evenings.

Choose warm white or soft amber LED lights for a cozy glow.

You can also wrap them around railings or drape them through trees for an enchanting effect.

A mason jar with a handle in front of fairy lights laid out around the jar.


6. Cozy Blanket Throws: Embrace Hygge Vibes

Wrap your outdoor furniture in soft, comfy blankets. This not only adds warmth but also gives your space a snug, hygge-inspired look.

Choose blankets with autumnal patterns like plaid, leaves, or acorns. Plump cushions and throw pillows in coordinating colors add an extra layer of comfort and luxurious style.

You can find rustic fall blankets at your local thrift stores or find inexpensive fall blankets at stores like Walmart and Five Below. 

A black and white plaid blanket laid out on a porch with gourds and pine cones.


7. Wagon Wheel Decor: Rustic Charm

For a charming and rustic touch, consider incorporating wagon wheels into your exterior decor.

Hang them on the wall, use them as plant stands, or even create a unique table centerpiece. Their weathered look adds character to your space, evoking a sense of nostalgia and rural charm.

Hay bails stacked with pumpkins and fall leaves in front of a rustic wagon wheel.


8. Cornstalks and Hay Bales: Farmhouse Chic

Elevate your decor with cornstalks and hay bales. They provide an authentic farmhouse feel and can be creatively arranged around your front entrance.

Pair them with pumpkins and mums for a complete fall look!

Consider placing hay bales as seating or as a platform for your pumpkin display. Cornstalks add height and drama to your arrangements.

Stacked hay bails with pumpkins and halloween decorations and two scarecrows with watering cans for heads.


9. Halloween Haven: Spooky and Fun

If you're a fan of Halloween, don't miss the chance to go all out with spooky decorations.

Think jack-o'-lanterns, faux spider webs, and eerie silhouettes in your windows. Just be sure to keep it family-friendly for the kiddos in the neighborhood.

You can also create a DIY haunted house on your porch, complete with creepy decorations and a fog machine.

The front entryway of a home with pumpkins, hanging ghosts, and a voodoo doll wreath on the road.


10. Fall Foliage Garland: Nature's Beauty

Adorn your railings and fences with fall foliage garlands. You can find these pre-made or get crafty and make your own with faux leaves, berries, and pinecones.

The result is a lush, autumnal look that captures the season's essence. Intertwining fairy lights into the garland adds a touch of sparkle during the evening.

Fall foliage garland against a wooden background.


11. Outdoor Fire Pit: Cozy Gatherings

As temperatures drop, adding an outdoor fire pit to your patio or yard won't only keep you warm but it also creates a cozy gathering spot for friends and family.

Roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories are a must! Choose a fire pit that fits your outdoor decor and consider adding seating or Adirondack chairs for a complete outdoor lounge area.

A group of millennial-aged men and women sitting around a fire pit sharing pizza during the evening time.


12. Porch Swing or Rocking Chairs: Relaxation Station

Finally, invest in some comfy outdoor seating like a porch swing or rocking chairs. They're perfect for enjoying your pumpkin spice lattes while taking in the fall foliage.

Add some plump cushions and throw pillows for extra comfort. Add a throw blanket or two for those cooler evenings.

The front entry way of a home with a black rocking chair, blanket, and pillow with fall pumpkins, mums, and black rain boots at the foot of the front door.


Elevating Your Exterior For The Fall Season

And there you have it, the ultimate guide to the top 12 exterior fall decoration trends of 2023. From rustic wreaths to cozy blankets and everything in between, there are endless ways to spruce up your home's exterior this season.

At Southwest Exteriors, we understand the importance of making your home beautiful, inside and out. Whether you're looking to update your home's exterior or embark on a full-scale remodeling project, our team is here to help you achieve your vision.

So, grab your pumpkin spice latte, put on your favorite flannel, and let's get decorating! Your home will be the ultimate fall oasis, and you'll be the go-to spot for cozy gatherings all season long. 

With these trends, your home will be transformed into a fall wonderland, welcoming the season with open arms and creating memories to last a lifetime.


Want to completely transform your home's exterior this season? Schedule your commitment-free consultation with Southwest Exteriors today!