Autumn decorations on front porch

Transitioning your patio for the arrival of fall is more than just physical maintenance. Autumn is a prime time to embrace the rich hues of nature and integrate them into your patio design scheme. With the weather cooling, you and your family will be spending more time outdoors than ever. Take the opportunity to transform your backyard living area into the autumnal paradise with these creative inspirations.

 

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins of different sizes

Pumpkins are the staple of the fall season, making them the perfect decorating essential to give any backyard an autumn flavor. Head to your local pumpkin patch to browse for some farm fresh gourds. Be sure to seek out a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes for variation. Once you’ve brought home your pumpkin haul, it’s time to get crafty. While the kids enjoy carving up their pumpkin patch picks, you can accessorize your outdoor living space like a pro. After removing your table cover and setting the flatware for a fall feast, a handful of mini pumpkins added to an autumn bouquet makes for a great centerpiece. You can even paint your pumpkins to feature your family’s monogram, street number, or favorite sayings for some personal flair. Even the most low maintenance of families can get in on pumpkin decorations thanks to their versatility and simplicity. 

 

Paint with All the Colors of the Wind

Painting table

Fall is the best time to refresh your outdoor space with a pop of fresh paint. After a season of harsh sun, your patio furniture and exteriors could use some touching up. Embrace fall-inspired hues such as burgundy, orange, and mustard yellow for your most eye-catching furniture pieces and accessories. Even your front door can be a canvas for an autumn makeover thanks to a fresh coat of outdoor paint. No matter which backyard piece becomes your new project, be sure to lay down a heavy-duty tarp to use as a paint tarp. No one wants their patio to look like a Pollock piece.

 

Personalized Perfection

Everyone wants their patio to be unique no matter the season. Why not embrace the arrival with some patio personalization? Adorning your backyard accessories with your family’s monogram or crest is a simple but bold way of expressing your family pride. From custom table covers featuring your favorite football team to painting monograms on pumpkins, there are endless possibilities when it comes to making your backyard a personalized paradise that’s a perfect fit for Fall. Do you have a stash of blankets you pull out for chilly nights around the firepit? You can even personalize those to show your family pride. By utilizing a coordinating autumn color scheme in your customized outdoor décor, you create a cohesive visual scheme that will make your patio uniquely yours.

 

Spooktacular Traditions

Glowing jack-o-lanterns

Whether you’re a Halloween superfan or just enjoy handing out candy to trick or treaters, no autumn decor is complete without a touch of All Hallow’s Eve. If you’re looking to transform your patio into a Halloween haven, you’ll need some ghoulishly delightful inspiration: 

 

  • Carved pumpkins are a classic centerpiece of the Halloween season. Have a carving session with the family and put your creations on display for the neighborhood to enjoy. Just don’t forget to put a tarp down for your carving- no one wants pumpkin slime littering their backyard.
  • Adorn your front porch with artificial cobwebs, friendly sheet ghosts, and a witch’s broom to create a spooky yet simple environment for trick or treaters to enjoy. 
  • If you’re looking to go all out for the creepiest holiday of the year, consider investing in animatronics, fog machines, and light projectors so you can have the most haunted yard on the block.

 

Fall Foliage 

Autumn wreath on front door

The natural beauty of Fall is encapsulated in the kaleidoscope of colors of the falling leaves. Incorporating these eye-catching icons of autumn into your outdoor decor is a simple way of celebrating the season without spending a dime. After you’ve raked your yard clean with the help of an outdoor tarp, pick through your haul for the most well-preserved leaves with the boldest colors. You can use your findings to create beautiful leaf wreaths, garlands, and even outdoor candle holders. There are countless possibilities for using fall leaves in your decor, both indoors and outdoors. Before you toss your foliage into a leaf bag, stop and take a moment to consider the aesthetic possibilities.