Fall is here and many of us are taking advantage of the spectacular weather to host outdoor gatherings again with safe social distancing in place. In order to make the most of entertaining in your backyard oasis this fall, there are several key pieces that should be part of your decorating plan. Here are our ideas for top additions to your fall patio.
For Cozy Warmth, Add a Fire Pit
This is our top pick for your fall patio. If you do not already have a fire feature in your backyard, now is the time to remedy that lack. There are plenty of options for a mesmerizing and warmth creating fire feature, such as a fire fall, a fire urn, a fire bowl or a fire table. Or perhaps your existing fire pit has seen better days. This is an ideal time to refurbish it with new fire media, gas jets or glass surround.
Add More Flames with a Fireplace
For a more permanent solution to adding a touch of warmth in your backyard consider installing a gas fireplace. Available in sizes from small to large and plenty of different styles, a fireplace instantly becomes the focal point in your outdoor living room. It will look gorgeous for years or even decades to come, preventing the need to replace it, as you might need to do with a fire pit. An outdoor sofa or collection of plushly upholstered chairs in front of the fireplace creates a space where everyone will naturally gravitate.
Outdoor Lighting Illuminates the Way
For the safety of you and your guests, you will want to ensure there is plenty of lighting throughout your outdoor space. Pathway lights, hanging lanterns and even outdoor table lamps are all options. For a more romantic glow, consider hanging string lights between trees or wrapped around porch posts.
Front Porch Seating Area
Don’t forget about the outdoor living area in the front of your home. After all, it provides the first impression to guests as they drive up. Fall is the perfect time to do it up in holiday style with pumpkins strewn about, baskets of pinecones, galvanized buckets filled with mums and, of course, a fall-inspired wreath for the front door. A simple bench provides a cozy place to sit; be sure to prop up pillows and drape it with soft blankets to keep the chill at bay. Sit out front with a hot beverage and your neighbors just might be take it as an invitation to stop by and chat for a while.
Create a Cozy Nook
Front yard or back, a cozy nook for snuggling up to peer up at the night sky or just take in a cool autumn evening is a perfect fall addition. A classic Adirondack chair with a fluffy outdoor pillow is a great place to start. Add a small side table to hold your drink and a fall-inspired arrangement of leaves and flowers and perhaps a small painted pumpkin or gourd.
We hope you find inspiration in these picks for the top additions to your fall patio.