5 Ways to Update Your Curb Appeal for Fall

5 Ways to Update Your Curb Appeal for Fall | Diary of a DIYer

Happy first day of fall, everyone! I hope the season’s off to a good start for you.

I wrote about the value of curb appeal a while back, but now that the seasons have changed, it’s time for an update.

As a homeowner, you know the importance of keeping up your outdoor façade. While you transition from summer flowers to autumn leaves, here are 5 ways to update your home’s curb appeal for the fall.

Start with the Entryway

From Halloween to Thanksgiving to a Sunday family dinner, your front porch will be getting some major traffic. Make it the focal point of all your curb appeal efforts. If the space allows it, add a rocking chair and small table. Incorporate any of these items into your porch design this season:

  • Orange and yellow mums
  • Pumpkin
  • Hay bales
  • Wreath
  • Scarecrow

Lawn Maintenance

While the mowing may go down to a minimum come fall, you still want to make sure you take care of your lawn. Rake your leaves as often as necessary to keep your lawn looking neat. Use them for compost or décor – after you jump in the raked up piles, of course.

Whatever your leaf maintenance method is, make sure you get rid of them before the end of the season. Piles of leaves can weigh down and kill parts your lawn so take the proper steps to winterizing your yard before winter rolls around.

Stay Frugal

Don’t be afraid to skimp on buying new decorations this season. Actually – I challenge you to spend nothing (or next to nothing). Look at the resources available to you. Live in a rural area? Find someone on or near a farm getting rid of dried cornstalks. Have a pile of raked leaves? Take the best looking ones and use them for decoration.

Use Warm Tones

Just like the leaves changing colors, shift to warmer earth tones to update your curb appeal. Golden yellows, oranges and reds make great accent colors amongst deeper browns. Luckily this isn’t a hard task. Use nature as your inspiration and go from there.

Light the Way

Having proper exterior lighting is a must in any season, especially in the fall when it gets dark before you know it. Get festive and install colored lightbulbs in your porch or garage lights. If you have post lighting, wrap dried cornstalks around it. Safety should always come first though, so make sure whatever you add doesn’t obstruct the light from doing its job.


What are your favorite ways to decorate your yard for fall? Let me know in the comments below or reach out on Facebook.

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