Summer’s gone, and with it all the pool parties, long beach hours, and cold lemonade and ice cream on your porch. While it is true that it’s getting colder, that doesn’t mean that you have to lock yourself inside until spring, does it? Fall is a beautiful season, and its colors and smells can take you back to childhood when you loved playing in piles of leaves. Celebrate the season and express your joy for the upcoming holidays by decorating your porch and patio with fall colors and details.
Warm up the atmosphere
Your body will not fail to notice how fast the temperature goes down, but if you wish, you can warm up the entire porch by choosing to install (or even make) an outdoor fireplace. This will enable you, your family, and friends to spend some quality time outside, breathing fresh air and not worrying about the cold at all. Keep a stack of blankets at hand so you can wrap it around your shoulders if need be, and enjoy a beautiful day or an evening at your porch.
Coat your home with stones
Painting your home has really become a drag; sun, rain, and the wind damage the color pretty soon, and doing it all over again every other season is bad for your budget (and patience). When you’re thinking about fall redecorating of your home, give exterior wall stone cladding a try. Choose natural slate stone in shades of rusty brown to match the season, and transform your home completely. Not only will it look a lot better, but it doesn’t absorb water and it’s resistant to frost, which makes it perfect for rainy falls and chilly winters.
A touch of color
Fall brings out the most beautiful colors in nature, shades of brown, yellow, orange, and red are combined perfectly and make even the most common backyard look like a masterpiece. Try recreating that magic yourself by placing cushions with fall themes on chairs, and adding pots of orange and red flowers on your patio. Tie a bunch or dry twigs together with a bright ribbon and add a dried flower or a plastic pumpkin next to it, or fill a plain empty lantern with pumpkins, gourds, and pinecones.
Foliage, twigs, and a little something…
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fall decoration of your home; luckily, nature provides us with plenty of things we can use to beautify both our living rooms and porches. Go for a walk to a nearby park or countryside and collect as many of the beautiful leaves as you can. When you get back, make a wreath using those leaves, some twigs, and plain old corn. What is more, you can pick up even small, dry branches, place them in vases, and decorate them with Christmas lights. Be innovative, make gilded pumpkins, and use burlap to make lovely rustic bows which you can attach to practically anything.
You can use something simple and unexpected to make wreaths as well, like an ordinary rake. Prop rake upright on your porch and place leaves, corncobs, dried flowers, and burlap stripes in bundles around rake tines. What you will get is a simple decoration, sculpture-like even, that celebrates countryside and harvest. You can add pheasant feathers and some berries as well, and a small chalk written sign on your door that says: “Welcome, friends”.
You don’t have to cover everything in orange and brown, or stack an enormous pile of pumpkins around your front door to welcome fall; a few simple, well-placed details will make all the difference. Your family will love it, you will be happy whenever you look at your patio, and all your guests will want to spend a few moments longer on your porch, just looking at the atmosphere you created.
***Guest Blogger: Derek Lotts is a writer and an eager learner. He likes to believe that he found his place on the internet, searching for and sharing ideas. Décor and home improvement topics have always been his favourite. You can follow him on Twitter for trendy updates on interior and exterior design.