Reading Time: 4 minutesYou don’t have to close up shop on your back patio just because the weather is getting a little chillier. There are many ways to prepare your outdoor space for the fall season. Autumn is an incredible time for outdoor entertaining especially if you have a pit for bonfires. Wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket, make some butternut squash soup and bake an apple pie. Here are some fantastic décor tips to revamp your back patio for fall:
Patio Furniture UpholsteryIt’s fundamentally important to make sure your patio furniture is properly upholstered for the unpredictable autumn weather. Contact a professional upholstery service like Prestige Decor to ensure your outdoor furniture will be protected from the elements. We have a wide range of over 100,000 upholstery fabrics so you can customize it to fit your unique design style.
Jack O’LanternsIf you’re not a huge fan of Halloween decorations, keep it classic with a jack-o-lanterns. Carving pumpkins is a time-honoured October tradition for the whole family. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s a fun way to release your inner child. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty you could always spray paint a pumpkin. It’s a simple spooky touch that goes a long way.
ChalkboardA chalkboard, whether it’s a painted wall or a stand-alone piece, is a cute addition to any back patio. It’s a great way to welcome guests, feature a menu for a dinner party or showcase an inspirational quote. The best part is it can get wet without getting ruined which is perfect for unpredictable fall weather.
PlantersFind out what flowers are in season to keep your planters colourful. We recommend mums, which bloom from late August until November. They come in a variety of vibrant shades like yellow, red and bronze.
LightingOne of the downsides of autumn is the fact that it gets dark a lot earlier. This means it’s crucial to set up new lighting pieces on your back patio. Get your Christmas lights out of storage early and set them up on a fence, bushes, beams, railings or whatever surface you have available. String lights add a lovely ambient feel. For an even more autumn-y look, place fake leaves in warm colours in between the bulbs on the lights. If your back patio features a lot of wooden décor, string up some copper string lights to turn it into a rustic paradise.
LanternsLanterns are a great way to lighten up dark corners of your back patio. For the autumn season, add some fake foliage, berries or leaves and it’ll blend in with the rest of the nature.
Fake CandlesIf you want a candlelit atmosphere without worrying about the wax and wicks freezing or getting rain damage, fake pillar or tealight candles are a much better option. Place them on a tray and turn them on for any evening outdoor hangout. They’ll make you feel warmer despite not giving off any heat.
Table ClothIf you have a dining table and chairs on your back patio, dress them up for fall with an autumn-themed table cloth. Contact Prestige Decor for more information about our selection of thousands of water and weatherproof fabrics like Sunbrella for all the surfaces of your back patio. If it’s patterned or a solid colour, just ensure it blends with the other design elements. This will tie in the décor while protecting your furniture. It’s a win-win!
Outdoor Table TopperDon’t stop at just a table cloth, amplify your autumn decorations even more with a themed table topper. The possibilities are endless but we recommend incorporating succulents, moss and small gourds. It’ll be a great conversation starter at any dinner party.
Basket of BlanketsBaskets are an essential on any back patio in the fall. Place a bunch of aesthetically pleasing blankets and quilts in a wicker basket so guests can wrap themselves once it gets colder. For some Canadian charm, throw in a Hudson’s Bay Company blanket or one in your family’s tartan.
Throw Pillows and CushionsHaving weather-proofed patio cushions or outdoor cushions is crucial. Get customized instant-dry patio furniture cushions so weather doesn’t dampen your décor. Here are some benefits of instant-dry cushions:
- Guaranteed five years of keeping the same shape
- Water flows through the cushions so they will remain dry
- Moisture will not be absorbed
- Mold or mildew growth will not occur