One of my favorite ways to relax at home is to sit (and sip!) on our backyard patio. We spend a ton of family time in this space, gathering to chat, read and sometimes play a game or two. We recently transitioned this space to get continued use through the chillier fall and winter months. Today, I’m sharing some ideas and inspiration on how to create a cozy fall patio.
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How to Create a Cozy Fall Patio | Textiles
Though they can definitely be used year-round, I find that textiles are an especially important element in fall decor, both inside and outside the home. In transitioning our cozy fall patio, I made sure to incorporate layer upon layer of texture with a rug, pillows, throws and accessories.
Aren’t these poufs fabulous? I found them at World Market. Because they’re designated for indoor/outdoor use, they hold up well against humidity. They, unfortunately, are no longer available, but World Market has several other outdoor poufs that might fit seamlessly in your outdoor design.
Another way to add texture to a porch or patio is through the use of an outdoor rug. Our chevron outdoor rug is from World Market. I love the neutral but striking color scheme. It’s super versatile and would go well with so many different colors and styles of patio furniture.
The ivory macrame outdoor pillows pictured above are also a World Market find. World Market is one of my favorite places to shop for textiles. They seem to offer so many outdoor-friendly options.
I haven’t had much luck in finding throw blankets that are designated for indoor/outdoor use but that hasn’t stopped me from incorporating throws into my cozy fall patio design. I just make sure to choose throws that can be tossed in the washing machine. I avoid fabrics that would collect small pieces of grass and dried leaves, like chenille. We also leave our patio blankets just inside the door in a basket and grab them as we head outside. This lightweight gray throw works great for us.
How to Create a Cozy Fall Patio | Warmth & Light
Since daylight hours aren’t quite as plentiful in the fall and winter months, we wanted to be sure to incorporate ample lighting in our cozy fall patio space. We did so by adding a few strands of cafe string lights. They work perfectly for our purposes! Not only are they charming, but they give off plenty of light and allow us to read our favorite books outside after the sun goes down.
An equally important consideration in designing a cozy fall patio is heat. An outdoor propane heater was the perfect addition to our space. It puts off tons of heat and is sleek and stylish enough to fit right into the space without being an eyesore.
How to Create a Cozy Fall Patio | Decor & Accessories
Of course, I couldn’t overlook the fun stuff when it came to designing my space. Mums were the obvious choice when it came to adding life through plants and flowers. I set mine in olive buckets for a touch of farmhouse flair.
And then I made a quick trip to Whole Foods to grab some gorgeous heirloom pumpkins. I love them so much. Don’t you? They’re so whimsical with they’re muted fall colors and squatty, plump shaping.
I also used faux pumpkins and garland to create a centerpiece for our outdoor table. The vignette is completed with some yummy, pumpkin-scented candles.
The faux botanicals I’m using aren’t marketed for indoor/outdoor use but since they’re under a covered area, they do just fine outside.
I styled my cozy fall patio with some spiced cider and caramel apples just to show you how welcoming a touch it might be if you happen to be hosting a football or bonfire party this season. I can only speak for myself, but this little touch makes me want to cozy in and stay for awhile.
I hope you’ve picked up an idea or two. I can’t recommend enough that you take a stab at transitioning your favorite outdoor space for fall. We’ve gotten so much extra use out of this space already this year and it’s contributed greatly to our fall fun and happiness!