Fall Front Porch Ideas: White + Black

I have been really excited to decorate our fall 2021 front porch this year!  Since we just had our exterior brick painted white and got our new black front door last year, I could see a color palette forming already.  So, I came up with a crazy idea to spray paint a DIY wreath and fake plants white – and the rest just started to fall in place.  So, who’s ready?  Fall Front Porch Ideas:  White + Black.


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Want to see how use the core items throughout the seasons:


Fall Front Porch Ideas: White + Black

I wanted to start off by saying that you can use the core of this black and white front porch decorating idea for all seasons.

CORE items:

  • black planters
  • ivory (neutral rug)
  • darker doormat
  • white wreath
  • white plants/flowers

Customize it:

Then you can just “customize” to fit each season that rolls through by:

  • adding seasonal ribbons/bows 
  • changing out seasonal colors (orange, red/green, yellows,)
  • adding/removing seasonal decor (pumpkins, Christmas lights, patriotic flags)
  • changing doormat words (boo, merry Christmas, hello spring)
  • using different floral picks in wreaths for each season
  • adding floral bushels to planters (spring tulips, red poppies)

Ok, let’s get to the supplies I used for the Fall Front Porch Ideas:  White + Black.

Fall Front Porch Ideas: White + Black

I found all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, At Home, or made them DIY style.


*I found my welcome mat at At Home, but for some reason it’s pulling up only grey online – sorry.  You might have to visit the store in person if you want this exact mat. 

Ok, let’s get to creating your very own cozy Fall Front Porch Ideas:  White + Black.


Fall Front Porch Ideas: White + Black

Step #1:  Black Planters

The first thing you will want to do is start with a pair of black planters. 

Then you will add some white plants or flowers to the planters, and place them on either side of your front door.

TIP:  You can always spray paint “tired” planters black, and “faded” fake plants white.

Click here for Spray Painting Fake Plants White.

Sometimes you just gotta use what you already have on hand 🙂


Now, I know what you’re thinking.  What if I don’t have a black door or white brick?

Don’t worry, it will still have a similar effect.

As you read along, you’ll be able to tell how each step adds that “extra contrast” – to pull the white + black look off.


Step #2:  Add Layered Doormats

The next thing you will do is add your layered doormats.

  • My ivory border rug is ~3’x5′ (true measurements – 2’7″ x 4’2″) 
  • My black welcome mat is 18″x30″

So you can tell from the picture below that the border rug has a gray-ish look to it. 

  • When choosing your layered doormats, just make sure that the larger one is lighter, and the smaller one is darker.


TIP:  You can always use a runner as your larger rug – if you want to cover more of your porch floor.

Now, just add your black (or darker) welcome doormat.

Can you begin to see how it’s coming together?  I love it!


Step #3:  Add White Wreath

Next, you will go ahead and add your white (or ivory) wreath to your front door.

  • The bigger the wreath, the larger the statement.
  • The smaller the wreath, the smaller the impact.

I already had the 18″ grapevine wreath on hand, so my wreath is a little smaller.

Click here for How to Spray Paint a Wreath White.

Just do what fits your budget and what you have access to!


Now that we have all of the “core” items set  up, it’s time to add in some fall colors and decor.


Step #4:  Add Fall Ribbons to Wreath

I chose this neutral gold dot ribbon to make the larger accent bow for our wreath.  

Click here if you want to learn how to make the perfect bow.


Then I added this gold harvest color ribbon on top of the dot ribbon – just to bring out more of the autumn colors and warmth.

The gold dot bow has 4 larger loops, and the gold harvest bow has 4 smaller loops – just to add dimension.


Then I tied it to the wreath with jute string, and hung it using the jute string. 

This just keeps it all looking natural.



Step #5:  Add White Pumpkins

Now that you have your fall ribbons added to your wreath, it’s time to add some fall decor to your porchscape (LOL – love this quirky word)!

And since I was going with this black and white theme, I just had to use white pumpkins as well.

I bought 4 small, 2 medium, and just placed them symmetrically on either side of our front door.


So, I really liked the way the fall front porch looked like at this step.  And if you do too, you’re done!

But….. if you just like a LITTLE extra, follow to this last step.


Step #6:  Add Fall Ribbons to White Pumpkins

To finish off this fall front porch, go ahead and add some fall ribbons to your white pumpkins also. 

I simply made a gold harvest bow with only 2 loops this time, and tied it off with the gold tulle.

Then I just taped it on with packing tape (but use whatever works best for you).


The fall bows will give them a little extra “warmth” and will bring out the color in the “welcome” script better.






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