Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you need to head indoors just yet. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor spaces and soak up some fresh air. Here’s how to make the most of autumn and get more out of your backyard.
Get Ready to Gather
Time with those you care about is time well spent, and a backyard or patio is a great place to gather if your house is on the smaller side or if you just want to take in the outdoors with your guests. Make your open-air space feel like an extra room by extending the styles and comforts from inside your home to the outside.
A comfy patio conversation set is the perfect place to cozy up on a fall afternoon, and with the addition of a few throw blankets, you can enjoy evenings outdoors as well. An outdoor area rug offers an easy way to define the space, and a pergola makes it feel even more like an extension of your home.
If you’d like to eat alfresco, opt for an outdoor dining set, and you can add a grill or pizza oven for a complete dining experience.
Heat Things up When the Weather Cools Down
As we get further into fall, adding a heat source to your outside space is a must in most parts of the country. You can choose from a few different options to warm things up and extend your outdoor time.
Patio heaters come in free-standing and tabletop varieties with varying heat levels (given in BTUs). Lower-BTU options, putting off 8,000 BTUs and under, are great for warming smaller spaces, while commercial-grade units, which put off 18,000+ BTUs, are ideal for heating larger areas.
Fire pits offer another excellent heating option. After all, there’s nothing cozier than circling ’round a fire on a crisp fall day — or night. Fire pits come in wood-burning and gas varieties, and you can choose a stand-alone option or go for a plus-furniture combo. A fire pit patio set comes complete with the pit and seating, while a fire table offers a place to rest drinks and more.
Don’t Forget to Accessorize
Easy outdoor extras can transform a space from standard to stunning. Elevate your area with outdoor décor that reflects your style.
Pillows are a simple way to dress up any area, while a planter with blooming mums can add a pop of color. Outdoor lighting, such as lanterns or string lights, will bring a warm, welcoming glow. And don’t leave yard games to the summer months! The pool might be closed, but there’s still time for ladder ball, bocce and more.
Autumn offers a break from the summer sun and a chance to take in the changing scenery of the season. With a few easy updates, you’ll be set for fall get-togethers and quiet, cozy evenings at home.
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