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Fall Curb Appeal

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

How to Upgrade Your Home's Exterior to Last Through Thanksgiving

It’s the month of Halloween, and as fun as this time of year can be (who doesn’t get a kick out of those adorable kids’ costumes?!), it is fleeting in terms of decor. Unlike Christmas, which tends to stretch out for well over a month and often incorporates a more general winter aesthetic, Halloween is very specific, and once it has passed, the decorations are practically yelling to be taken down.

With Thanksgiving right on the heels of October, though, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to completely redecorate for only a few weeks before doing it again for the December festivities. So today, to help you get the most bang for your buck, we’re sharing our go-to tips for giving your home instant fall curb appeal. You won’t have to worry for a second about the transition between holidays, and your exterior will be chic as can be.


Add Plenty of Lighting

Though we often think of exterior lighting in relation to those warm summer nights or the magic of the winter holidays, incorporating lighting into your fall decor is actually the perfect way to welcome those cooler evenings. After all, is there anything more cozy than glimpsing those glowing lights coming from someone’s porch as the leaves crunch under your feet? Instead of turning to carved pumpkins, though, consider using a variety of other lighting instead. Candles, lanterns, and string lights are subtle touches that can give your home that warm and inviting vibe we all crave this time of year.


Emphasize the Season

While it may be tempting to opt for spider webs and hanging bats, try to avoid Halloween-specific decor and instead emphasize the season as a whole. Think about what you love about fall (coziness and gratitude, for instance) and use it as your muse. Adding a few fun pillows or flannel throws to your front porch will definitely help usher in the new season, and with plenty of whole pumpkins (versus jack-o-lanterns) thrown into the mix, you’ll have an entryway that is sure to wow.


Stick to Classic Colors

One of the easiest ways to make your decor last beyond Halloween is to stick to a classic color palette. Neutrals, soft greens, and rich pinks, reds, or oranges feel timeless and lasting (as opposed to the black, orange, and bright greens and purples so prevalent in Halloween decor). Not sure how to pull this off? Use plenty of greenery and plants in addition to your pumpkins - fall essentials like mums or corn stalks give an instant dose of fall, but still add longevity to the overall look. By keeping things feeling natural, you’ll easily transition into Thanksgiving without a hitch.


Embrace Texture & Layers

One of the best things about fall is the abundance of texture and interest the falling leaves create. They crackle under our footsteps, dance in the wind, and add a fresh blanket of color to the ground. So, rather than including only “gather” signs or a beautiful wreath, to get the most out of this season, you’ll want to replicate that same abundance of texture. The key here is to layer - use a wide variety of pumpkins, flowers, hay bails, leaves, and more to create a picturesque setting that feels like a continuation of the surrounding environment. Remember - ultimately, it’s about the season, not each individual holiday.


Ready to give your front entrance an infusion of seasonal color and style? Then take a look outside for inspiration and decorate accordingly. With a bit of fall curb appeal, there’s no doubt your home will feel ready for both trick-or-treaters and a turkey day family gathering.

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Designs by D

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