Fall might be upon us, but you don't need to run away from your patio. There are numerous ways to have a charming and efficient patio in the cooler autumn months. Patios are a wonderful place to relax with friends and family during the warm season. The lower fall temperatures draw most of us indoors rather than out.
It is possible to use the patio every now and again if you take the appropriate actions. The following are a few tips to help you prepare your patio for the fall season.
Create an Outdoor Room
It 's hard to enjoy the patio during the chilly fall days and nights. You can cut down the wind chill by enclosing your patio and keep it warmer.
Depending on your budget or preference, you can use glass walls, curtains, screens or blinds made of natural materials like bamboo, wood, etc. That way, you can enjoy unobstructed views of your environment while sitting outside in winter be shielded from the coldness outside.
Another way is to add an outside canopy with walls but this option will be more expensive.
Warm Up The Decor
If you have the space and the budget, you can change your furniture to match the season. Darker wood and warmer colors will put your guests in the right mood.
If your budget is tighter, don't let that stop you from making some changes. It's pretty easy to give a new feel to your outdoor space by adding a few inexpensive items.
The colors we are going to see this year are brown, orange, gold and red. Simply add colorful cushions, blankets and rugs in these colors and you're set.
Add a few pumpkins and other fall vegetables in your yard and your porch to create an inviting feel to your home.
Heat It Up!
The next thing you can do to prepare your patio for winters is to install an outdoor fireplace or firepit. It is important to have an optimum heating system to keep you warm all through the night, to enjoy the evening planned on a cold autumn night.
Check these great fire pit ideas from Pioner Settler.
Choosing a moveable fireplace or firetable is a much cheaper option and is trendy.
You can also use a gas or electric heater. You can find one for less than $100 online. They can be mounted on the walls, the ceiling or come as standing units.
Enhance your Lighting:
As it gets dark outside earlier in the fall, it is better to add additional outdoor lighting to the patio so that it will be more welcoming.
There are a lot of ways to improve your lighting, but an increasingly popular way is to hang string lights above your patio. They are pretty cheap and easy to install.
Look at these ideas from Woo Home.
You can also illuminate the patio seating areas with Tiki torches and portable lanterns. This will not only light up and warm up space, but will also create a romantic and inviting atmosphere.
Indulge in a Hot Tub!
A hot tub might not be the first thing that comes to mind at this time of year. A permanent fixture takes time to plan and install and is best done in the spring. But what about an easier alternative?
Hydrotherapy has been used for thousand of years to relieve stiff joints, improve blood circulation and more. We know the ancient Egyptians were already using baths for healing. Its relaxing properties don't need to be proven and it's said to improve sleep.
You know how every town in Iceland has a communal pool where people go to relax and socialize. This made the New York Times wonder: 'Can the secret to the country’s happiness be found in its communal pools?' and we believe it's probably true.
And the good news is that it's now possible to find a good inflatable hot tub for about $400. Not a cheap treat but when you think of all the good it can do, it seems pretty reasonable.
Are you ready to indulge in the ultimate relaxation on your own backyard?
As we just saw, to cosy up your patio for fall can be as simple as adding a few pumpkins and a few rugs, blankets and cushions. This is simple and inexpensive and will warm the atmosphere instantly.
If you have a bit of a budget, you can invest in a patio heater. The additional time you'll be able to spend outdoors as a result will be worth it an hundredfold.
And of course, there's the hot tub if your budget permits it!
Let us know what YOU will do to cosy up your patio.