The deep, rich reds of maple leaves. The bright oranges of Halloween pumpkins. Fall is one of the country’s favorite seasons to change into—full of colorful inspiration for decorating, accenting and lighting our exteriors.

Here are three easy fall decorating tips that are reaching peak popularity:

ONE: Add an exterior flourish with fall plants.

Mums celebrate (and magnify) fall.

Use orange and gold mums to brighten up your entrance in hanging container planters or along your front steps. Bring them in as pops of color to add healthy personality to flowering kale and ornamental cabbage. Ready to expand your palette of reds, oranges and creamy whites? Think in pink as well.

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Pansies warm up your welcome.

Whether in bright yellows or cooler violet variations, pansies are always in demand as a fall color complement and an entryway highlight. Position in terra cotta pots leading up to your front door. Don’t stop at pots. Add flourishes to patio containers and window boxes and accent with straw bales.

Artificial greenery has real curb appeal.

Feature artificial greenery as a garland strung through a porch or stair railing or decorative doorway framing. Pop in an artificial sunflower to enliven any plant arrangement. It’s hard to beat as a no-maintenance accent you can reuse every year.

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Define the season with these accessories.

Think beyond plants. Homeowners across the country are getting creative with fall tie-ins, incorporating complementary elements like these.

TWO: Add a touch of the season.

Say it with gourds.

A growing trend is to creatively and inexpensively dress up front and back porches. Bring your exterior living areas to life by filling a large lantern with gourds of different shapes and colors. Vary the texture by adding pine cones and small pumpkins into the mix.

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Personalize your pumpkins.

As a festive alternative to carving your pumpkins, try painting them. Recruit the family and neighbors and make it a pumpkin-painting party. You can print out a design stencil and get some inspiration here.

TOPIARY TIP: Stack different-sized pumpkins together and embellish with leaves as yet another festive way to surround your entrance.

Adorn with corn.

Gather a few husks of colorful corn and group them together with wire string to create an awesome wreath for your front door. Or skip the arts and crafts and arrange a handful of husks in a straw basket as a decorative element.

WELCOME TIP: Swap out your bright summer welcome rug for a fall-oriented or Halloween-themed mat. Brown and tan are popular complementary fall colors.

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THREE: Get creative with furniture and other décor.

Homeowners are infusing the personality of autumn into their exteriors with furniture and accessories. These add-ons are as close as your local home improvement or discount superstore. You might even have a few of them on hand.

  • Dress up a bare bench with flower pots, decorated pumpkins and hay.
  • Highlight your porch with a vintage red wagon.
  • Create colorful, comfy seating by draping hay bales in plaid blankets.

Illuminate your autumn decorations with simple lighting additions

Shorter days call for more ways to highlight your home once the sun fades. While you’re at the home improvement store, you’ll find the perfect finishing touch to your autumn decorations: outdoor lighting.

  • Brighten up your entry with lanterns—specifically eco-friendly, battery-powered solar candles, which keep supplying light during storms and blackouts. Line your walkway or stairs or group right at your entry as a neat way to frame your front door.
  • If you have trees in your front yard, position spotlights at the base and direct them up toward the leaves. Put the lights on a timer to save energy.

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It doesn’t take much to synchronize your exterior with autumn—just a love of fall colors and a bit of creativity.

Ready to throw the perfect fall get together? View our highly popular outdoor entertaining tips here.