The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Fall is here so it's time to stash your outdoor furniture in the garage and wait for summer's return, right? Wrong! There are plenty of ways to extend the use of your outdoor living space into the fall. Read on for some tips.
Gone are the days when you could enjoy the sun until 8pm or later. But that doesn't mean your nights should end earlier. Light up the night by stringing cheerful twinkle lights in your trees or along the rail of your deck. Hang outdoor candle lanterns from strategically placed hooks or simply place a few on end tables or the outdoor dining table. Line your garden with solar-powered lights, a low-maintenance light source that soaks up the sun's rays during the day and creates a peaceful glow after sunset.
Cool nights are no match for you! Stash a weatherproof box on your patio filled with cuddly blankets to keep you warm on chilly evenings. Or place a beautiful and brightly colored rug on your patio to serve as a barrier between your bare toes and the cold patio. Explore the endless options available if you want to warm yourself by the fire. A freestanding or built-in fire pit, a patio fireplace or a free-standing chiminea will all keep you toasty when the fall breezes blow.
Nothing says fall like football and when the season hits, many families are divided between the sport-lovers parked on the couch and the nature lovers spending days outdoors. Time to bring the family together again! Consider putting a durable and weatherproof television on your patio so you can enjoy your team and the great outdoors at the same time! These televisions can be hooked up to your home's wi-fi so you don't have to figure out how to make your patio cable-ready.
Fall leaves are gorgeous and provide a stunning backdrop to your outdoor living space. However, the bloom is probably off those summer flowers you carefully planted back in May. If they're quickly turning brown, it's time for a fall garden! Consider scattering a few pots around your patio that contain cool weather loving vegetables, like kale and broccoli, or flowers that bloom in the autumn, like zinnias. Ideally, some of these should be planted in August. But with a little pre-planning, the additional color you can add to your patio will make it feel inviting even into the cooler fall months.
If you are interested in sprucing up your back yard, visit an outdoor decor and lighting company such as Alive With Items.