Listen closely. Can you hear it? Your back yard is calling your name.
As cooler temperatures usher in the crisp smells of autumn, and leaves transform into blinding hues of orange and red, it’s time to get out there and enjoy your outdoor living space. But wait … you say you don’t really have one?
No need to panic – with our fall design tips for sprucing up your deck or patio, you’ll have a gorgeous, relaxing and party-ready space for friends and family in no time.
Define your space
One of the easiest things you can do to create definition around your patio or deck is by adding structural elements. This could include things like walls made of bamboo or tall grass, flowing curtains on existing structures, or decorative screens used for privacy and texture.
In addition, place potted plants like mums and asters along the base of your structural elements or along the edges of your patio or deck. Create container gardens and layer them with coral bells, ivy and shorter ornamental grasses. Strategically placed fall plants can accentuate seating or dining areas while adding warmth and color.
And as a side note, if your patio furniture is looking worn or damaged, fall is the perfect time to replace them. Take advantage of end-of-season clearance sales and get a new set while prices are low.
Add light and color
Once you have your area defined and layered, it’s time to decorate and illuminate.
First, let’s talk about lighting. No matter what your budget is, there are plenty of options that can transform any evening activity into a magical experience. Tiki lights, for example, are inexpensive and can be found in a wide range of styles. And they’re easy to install – as are light strands, which can be placed overhead or along fences or structures.
Permanent lighting along walkways or in flower beds can provide illumination year round, as well as an added safety feature for guests and family members. They can also create depth and drama to your landscape and trees.
As for adding color … that’s easy with outdoor pillows, cushions, decorations and lanterns or candles. Get inspired by nature’s palette, and add pops of gold, burgundy or pumpkin. Cushions are also usually on the clearance aisle this time of year … so go wild!
Warm it up
Nothing says fall quite like an element of fire. Whether it’s a heat lamp or a fire pit, the warmth will keep you and your guests cozy when the sun goes down.
Portable fire pits are an easy addition to any outdoor setting, and can be found in multiple sizes and shapes. But if you really want to make a statement, built-in fire pits can take any run-of-the-mill back yard and make it feel exotic, decadent and enticing. Styles and shapes are limited only by your imagination. Add some large stones and built-in seating, and you’ve got yourself an outdoor oasis at your beck and call.
Once you have your defined space, your heat, lighting and splashes of color and texture, there’s only one thing left – good friends and a good time. So we’d love to hear from you: what are your favorite things to do that make your back yard a fall paradise? Do you have any design tricks you’d like to share with us? Let us know, and we might use them in a blog.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or you’d like us to help you transform your outdoor space for fall, give us a call. Now … get outside and enjoy!