7 Game-Changing Ways to Cozy Up Your Porch for Fall
Add Ambient Lighting
The “fall-back” time change means most of our entertaining is done after sundown. Enter perfect Insta-worthy lighting. Just as is recommended indoors, it’s great to have a variety of lighting sources at different heights outdoors. Candles (unscented if you’re serving food) and sconces work great together; consider having the sconces on a dimmer switch to really set the mood.
Autumn Up Your Palette
It goes without saying that blankets and pillows are musts in cozy outdoor spaces. They also happen to be the cheapest and easiest things to swap out. In honor of the changing leaves, change your palette to hues of burnt orange, yellow, brown, and soft red.
Put a Rug Underfoot
If you don’t already have one alfresco, the fall season is a perfect time to get one. Cement and stone surfaces cool off especially well in October and November, and your feet are first to notice. Synthetic and woven rugs are fine choices, but if you really want to up the cozy, bring a plush indoor rug outside for the night and layer it on top of a natural jute one.
Bring on the Heat
Is there anything more “fall” than s’mores and hot chocolate around a fire pit? We think not. Whether yours is built-in or portable, wood-burning or gas, there are three must-haves when hosting a fireside soiree: plenty of seating, plenty of blankets, and plenty of booze.
Create a Sleeping Porch
If we’re being honest, sleeping porches are kind of amazing year-round. But if we had to pick our favorite season for sleeping alfresco, it’s hands down in the fall. These versatile daybeds are great for curling up with a book during the day, and bundling up in a plush down blanket at night with the sound of the crickets as your lullaby. If you don’t have one already, what are you waiting for?
Plants are an essential component to outdoor living spaces year-round. Not only does greenery make a room feel complete, it's also scientifically proven to improve things like mood and concentration (much-needed in preparation for cold, dark winters!). In the fall, go for hardier choices that don't require as much sunlight. Palms and bamboo are great if they're location-appropriate, and things like ferns, ivy, and begonia are perfect potted options.
Block the Breeze
If you live by the beach, you know that wind chill is a thing. But it shouldn’t be the type of thing that spoils your nice outdoor evening. Enjoy the cool weather without the cold gusts in your outdoor living room by adding an easily adjustable windshield. These built-in accordion shutters are great, but curtains would work just as well.