***Today’s post is a guest post, done by Alison Lee, our very talented Marketing Intern.  She has a great eye for design.  Let’s see her tips and tricks for getting your home decked out for fall.***

Look out Trick-or-Treaters, this house has got style! If you’re searching for a guide to developing your own elegant fall exterior, or just composition inspiration, look no further! In this post, we will discuss 6 simple steps to putting together your own elegant fall exterior that will have all passersby in awe.

1. Pick a Color Scheme

Picking a color scheme for your exterior will help keep it looking classy and put together! You could go for fool-proof classics like white and gold, warm autumnal shades of orange, or a combination that will be an elegant compliment to your house’s color (such as the purple and white shown below).

Image (left) via Boho Chic Cafe; Image (right) via The Lily Pad Cottage.

2. Pick your pumpkins

Pumpkins are a must for any fall exterior! Let the color scheme you chose in the previous step guide you to making your selections.  Not finding the perfect pumpkin?  Create your own!  There so many great pumpkin hacks out there, like this one with sequins and this one with tissue paper.

Image (left) via Home Stories A to Z; Image (middle) via Pottery Barn; Image (right) via Sanctuary Home Decor.

3. Create a pumpkin topiary

This is an easy DIY project to add simple elegance and a beautiful touch of fall to your home’s exterior. It’s as simple as stacking the pumpkins up on each other, and then decorating the gaps!

Image (left) via Thistlewood Farms; Image (right) via Place Of My Taste.

4. Bring in natural elements

To go along with your pumpkins, choose additional natural elements that will complement their color scheme, as well as bring that elegant fall feeling to your exterior. You can never go wrong with mums, as they practically scream “fall” and are a beautiful addition to any entrance (plus, they are pretty low maintenance)! Corn, wheat stalks or small bales of hay, are a neutral yet festive addition as well.

Image via The Lily Pad Cottage.

5.  Add lighting

Lighting is essential for a fall exterior.  It brings a feeling of warmth to your set-up, plus helps guide anxious Trick-or-Treaters to your door. Lanterns, fairy lights, or the pumpkins themselves, are all great ways to incorporate elegant lighting to your exterior.

Image via Hey Wedding Lady.

6.  Top it off with a wreath and garland

A festive wreath and garland that ties in with your exterior theme will bring everything together harmoniously!

Image (left) via Grandin Road. Image (right) via The Company Store.