Extend the time you get to enjoy the great outdoors by updating your outdoor space with some essential pieces that will cozy up your patio for Fall.
We experience a LOT of rain here on the west coast of Vancouver Island. On the plus side, this means that we live in a town surrounded by beautiful Pacific Northwest rainforest. On the down side, it means that despite our very mild fall and winter temps (it rarely dips below freezing here), we can’t always spend as much time outdoors as we’d like.
For years now we have dreamed of an outdoor covered area that we can use throughout the year, and now with this house, we finally have it! I’m super excited to have a very cozy outdoor patio space to spend time on this fall (and maybe even winter), and today I’m sharing my tips for cozying up your deck or patio to extend your outdoor season into the fall and winter months.
Today I’ve been joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their fall outdoor spaces. Be sure to check those out at the bottom of this post!
We have several jobs to do to finish of our outdoors, but last week my husband and our neighbour managed to get the long section of the fence finished between our homes. We plan to fence along the back and the other side, and then add in an underground sprinkler system (ourselves) as well as landscape the backyard. We’ll be working away on those jobs for the next several months as time allows, which can be few and far between when combined with both our busy work schedules and our boys’ busy sports schedules. There are definitely things about building a house from scratch that I didn’t really think about, and starting from absolute scratch in the yard is one of them. But we’ve done it before, and we’ll get there in due time. For now, we are definitely enjoying that we have one finished are outdoors; our cozy welcoming backyard patio!
There are a few key things that you can do to warm up your patio or deck and make it a cozy, welcoming, space to spend time outdoors in during the fall months, and I’m sharing my favourites with you today.
Create an Outdoor Room
Where we live, having a covered outdoor space is probably the most important factor in allowing us to extend our time outdoors into the Autumn. We are super thrilled to have added this vaulted outdoor patio to our house plan, as it was definitely a big priority for us to have a covered outdoor space. But if you don’t have a covered area, there are alternatives that you might be able to consider adding such as a stand alone hard roofed pergola or shelter. But even if this is not an option, you can still create an outdoor room by incorporating comfortable seating, a source of heat, warm lighting, and several of the other suggestions below.
Heat things up!
Adding a heat source is the second largest priority for extending our outdoor living into Autumn. We invested in a good quality outdoor fire bowl and it creates enough heat that we can stay cozy during long evenings spent visiting outdoors (along with wearing a hoodie and covering up in a cozy throw blanket). Another option would be to add an outdoor patio heater or two, which is something we might invest in during the months ahead in order to further extend patio season into the winter months.
Since we built this house from scratch, we were able to design our exterior spaces with the exact amount of lighting we wanted to be able to enjoy them during the sundown hours. We had a large outdoor chandelier installed in the center of our vaulted ceiling, and we also have exterior wall sconces on the back of our bedroom wall as well on the shed in the yard. We also had in-soffit pot lights installed all around the exterior of our house. But sometimes you want lighting that is a bit more subtle and ambient. Having string lights under and across a roof line, bringing out candles, and using lanterns are all ways to add warm and ambient lighting to your outdoor patio space.
The quintessential fall decor item and even more perfect for decorating our outdoor spaces. I picked several up and have them dotting our front entry porch as well as our back patio. They add an instant jolt of cheerful warm colour and definitely speak to the season we are in.
Refresh your pots
Mums are some of my favourite fall flowers for their instant fall colour and overwhelming bloom, plus they are readily available at nearly every grocery store and big box store and often are fairly inexpensive. But you can also refresh your summer planters with winter kale, grasses, pansies, mini pepper plants, and other cute fall blooms to instantly update your patio space for the season.
Bring on the textiles
A complete MUST is adding in some cozy throw blankets. I used ones I already owned, and added a couple of cozy fur blankets, as well as a couple of plaid wool throws. I kept my blue pillow scheme, but brought in a cute ‘pumpkin’ pillow to give it a little extra fall touch. We’ve already enjoyed evenings out here by the fire, and the blankets and throws definitely have helped transition our outdoor space from summer to fall.
Warm it up with color
As I mentioned, I kept my blue and white pillow scheme but added in some throws, flowers, and pumpkins in warmer colours. You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of new things; adding in some warm tones in flowers most certainly go a long way! Pair that with the warm orange glow from the fire, and you automatically feel a few degrees warmer!
Natural elements such as wood, wicker, and jute all give off a rustic warmth that is hard to surpass. I keep many of these elements year round, but adding in some wood side tables (try a stump like this DIY one!), or a couple of rustic woven lanterns is a quick and simple way to add warmth to your outdoor room.
Last week I shared our Modern Farmhouse front porch all ready for fall…
If you saw something you loved, I’ve gathered some similar finds for you below!
As I mentioned, today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Fall Seasonal Simplicity Series: Outdoor Spaces hop. Be sure to check out all of the beautiful inspiration by visiting their posts. All the links are just below the images.
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