Subtle & Sophisticated: Fall Decorating Ideas for your Front Entry

If you're a little late to the party when it comes to decorating your outdoor space for autumn, don't fret — there's still plenty of time before you start doling out candy to the wee ones. And while I do enjoy a little autumn flair, I'm not one for gaudy, over-the-top embellishments. These five images are superb examples of subtle and sophisticated fall decorations, offering a little inspiration to dress up your front entry just in time for Halloween.

1. No surprise that decorating guru Mary Carol Garrity would nail it. Her Greek Revival home is decked out with a pair of swags of wispy, colorful fall branches. But it's the matching cast-iron urns topped with metal orbs that seriously turn the sophistication up a notch while making the black door pop. From Sweet Something Designs.
2. If you haven't noticed, perhaps I have a thing for urns, and this might be my favorite idea so far! Using a urn for the base, bay leave wreaths are sandwiched between stacked pumpkins for a vertical pumpkin topiary. Ornamental flowering cabbages and kale round off the stoop. Helen Norman for Southern Living.
3. This home uses the front door color as inspiration for the decorating palette. Yellow and green gourds fill the baskets while bluish-green pumpkins line the steps. Yellow and green oak leaves, along with a spray of wisteria, finishes off the color theme. Christina Schmidhofer for Sunset.
4. This autumn decor from Terrain could easily be translated to one's front entry. A thick rope suspends a variety of gourds that you could alter for your front porch or even above your door if it was on a smaller scale. Via Scissors and Spice.
5. A simple harvest wreath for the front door with tiny pumpkins lined in a row on the ledge above the door. An ordinary design, but the pumpkins add an element of fun. Image from Two Inspire You on Etsy, via Meu Cachixo.

What's your fall decorating style? Do you lean more subtle and sophisticated or do you prefer pumpkins and plastic baubles abound?

(Images: As linked above.)