Fall Refresh: Outdoor Patio & Deck Ideas

Outdoor Patio

The changing season is the perfect time to refresh your home decor, including your outdoor patio. Putting away the summer toys and decor means you’re tucking them away until next year and getting ready for a new season of outdoor entertaining, cozying up around the fire pit, and enjoying an afternoon sun nap on the deck. 

Here are some easy ways to give your outdoor space a fall refresh.  

  1. Add throw pillows around the fire pit. 

If you haven’t been using your fire pit in the summer, it’s time to get it out and ready for crisp, cool nights around the fire. Creating an inviting space means using decor and accessories to make it look like the space is comfortable and useable. One way to do this is by placing throw pillows around the fire pit. Whether you have bench seating or sofa seating, adding some throw pillows next to where you’ll be sitting will ensure everyone will sit and stay awhile.

Designer tip: Look for moody colors, like the mustard yellow, deep red and burnt orange of fall leaves.  

  1. Use a textured outdoor rug to define a space. 

The fall season is a great time to finally purchase that outdoor rug you’ve been thinking about. A rug with texture, like jute and other natural materials, will hold up in the weather and also look great for fall. A rug defines a space. Arrange it so that the front legs of each furniture piece are placed on top of the rug. 

  1. Hang some wreaths on doors. 

One way to make your outdoor space feel more festive is to hang a wreath. A wreath is a must for a front door, but looks great in a backyard space too. The fall season is the perfect time to embrace seasonal decor and a wreath is one way to celebrate the season without cluttering up your furniture. 

Designer tip: Stick with a wreath that’s not too specific to a holiday so you can keep it up all season. 

  1. Style a basket with toys and blankets for kids and/or pets. 

Heavy-duty decorative baskets are a stylish way to add storage to your outdoor space. As you’re storing away summer toys, refresh the space with new ones for fall. For kids, get out things like chalk games, sports equipment, and picnic sets. Add some blankets to the basket for cooler nights. If you have pets, a smaller basket with chew toys and blankets is ideal for keeping your space neat. 

  1. Prep your outdoor dining space for al fresco family dinners. 

Make sure your dining table and chairs are ready for guests. The fall season is perfect for entertaining outdoors. Clean off the surfaces and brush off the cushions so everything’s clean and ready for use. Plus, make sure you have proper lighting, like lanterns or string lights near the dining area. As the evenings get darker, you’ll want some practical lighting options for when you’re dining at night.

With just a few new pieces, your outdoor patio space will be ready for the season ahead.

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