As much as we try to avoid it, now is the time of the year when the nights get a bit cooler and the crisp fall air begins to make its way across the country. But now is the perfect opportunity for you to transition your outdoor living spaces from summer to fall with a few minor tweaks. With weather and decor in mind, you can follow these simple steps to create a warm, welcoming fall patio.
Is your outdoor space filled with bright hues of turquoise, peach and yellow? It’s time to swap the tropical vibes for warm cozy colors like burnt orange, golden yellow and rich red. These colors embrace the tones of fall, and they will make your outdoor patio seem like the perfect oasis for the season. Switch out your rugs, pillows, seat cushions and decor. The rustic feel is perfect for fall. Accent the space with large candles in glass vases for lighting.
Bring in warmth
Fire features are the perfect addition to an outdoor living space for fall. While you can easily purchase a few space heaters to keep your patio toasty, an actual fire feature adds a whole new element. Try these ideas:
- Built-in fireplace: Why not have a fireplace outside instead of a regular fire pit? A permanent fireplace is a safe and striking addition to an outdoor space. If you are opting for a built-in, make sure that you place it accordingly so there is plenty of open room for seating. If you have a dining table outside, plan it so that you can enjoy a meal without getting cold. Consider this as well if you are constructing a built-in fire pit.
- Chiminea: These small, yet effective fire pits are a great option for people who would like to have the option of moving their fire feature around the patio. Although they don’t give as much warmth as larger fire features, chimineas are perfect for intimate settings.
- Gas fire pit: That smell of burning wood adds warmth to the air, but it can be a real pain to add wood to the fire constantly. Instead, you can opt for a gas fire pit, which can add a modern appeal to your outdoor living space. You can get gas fire pits in virtually any shape or size, so you can plan the entire area exactly how you want it.
If you have a green thumb, now is the ideal time to plant fall flowers outdoors. Add small planters around the space with yellow, orange and red arrangements, and utilize green shrubbery for a natural and calming aesthetic. Fill vases and containers with branches that add an earthy feel, but don’t need sunlight or warmth to keep their appeal. Once the season begins to really settle into fall, don’t forget about gourds and pumpkins as decor in your space. These are simply elegant and will add a cozy feel to your outdoor area with very little effort.
A basket of comfort
If you have an outdoor entertainment center and chose to spend much of your time watching television outside, you may want to consider having a basket or bin of blankets for chilly nights. You probably won’t want to keep these items outside because of bugs and dust, but a lockable chest will keep them protected from the elements. You may even want to toss a couple cozy sweaters in there for those extra cold nights next to the bonfire.