Vibrant foliage, cooler weather, and pumpkin spice lattes – what’s not to love about fall? Use these four tips to freshen up your porch this fall. Then sit back, relax, and admire the colors of the season. Don’t forget a cozy throw, a good book, and a mug of your favorite fall beverage.
Tip #1: Clean Up
Find alternative homes for everything from garden hoses to kid’s toys. Sweep debris away from your porch floor, walls, and ceiling. Make sure to clean your entry door, too. Wash all areas with a solution of all-purpose cleaner and water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. Remedy any mold growth using a solution of one-part bleach to four-parts water. You can strengthen it as needed.
Now for your outdoor furniture. Start your cleanup by using a soft-bristled brush to wipe away any dust, leaves, or other debris. Wood, metal, and plastic furniture can be sprayed down using a garden hose with an attached spray attachment and an all-purpose cleaner. Consult manufacturer’s instructions for recommended fabric cleaning methods. Allow all materials to air dry.
Tip #2: Celebrate the Season
Create a welcoming entry with monogrammed wreaths, a welcoming door mat or vintage sign, and baskets of seasonal items. Traditional fall favorites include colorful pumpkins, gourds, and mums. Surround the door with pumpkin and gourd topiaries. Line the walkway leading to your front porch with mums in a single or contrasting color. Drape garland, homemade or store-bought, around your entry door.
Tip #3: Paint Your Entry Door
Refresh your front door for fall by adding a coat of paint. You can find a variety of inspiring ideas, trending colors, and step-by-step instructions on Pinterest. If the door is damaged or nearing the end of its useful life, consider replacing it. When replaced with steel, this home improvement project has a 91.3% return on investment, according to the annual Cost vs. Value report.
Tip #4: Install Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting is key to enjoying your porch in the fall. It helps to increase home safety and security. Wall sconces, hanging pendants, and task lights transition well through the seasons. Install motion-activated driveway lights that illuminate your garage door at night as well. Wi-Fi compatible light fixtures are now widely available online and at local home improvement stores. Regularly check all bulbs, replacing them as needed.