October is here and we finally are starting to get some of those fall temperatures in Dallas and Fort Worth Area! There is a lot to love about fall — football, changing leaves, pumpkin-flavored lattes (if that’s your thing), and so much more. Despite the crisp breezes, fall is a wonderful time of year to enjoy your outdoor living space. 

At Compass Outdoor Design, we specialize in designing and building custom outdoor living spaces in Dallas and the surrounding area. Our patio designers have created various patio spaces that homeowners can use year-round. In today’s post, our patio contractors will share some tips to get your outdoor living space fall-ready.

Hang  Some String Lights

While you probably have lighting incorporated into your outdoor living space, there is something about string lights. String lights add warmth and a festive feel to outdoor spaces at any time of the year. You can create a uniform look by hanging string lights parallel to each other, tightly securing them over your gathering space. If you want to create a more relaxed, care-free look, drape them over your furniture, run them along the floor, or hang them loosely over nearby branches or fences. Even on the chilliest fall nights, the soft glow of twinkling lights adds warmth to your patio space.

Incorporate Garland and Wreaths

Garland and wreath probably make you think of Christmas, but they are a great way to bring some nature to your outdoor living space this fall. The warm and inviting colors and designs of this nature-inspired decor. If you want something that will easily transition between Halloween and Thanksgiving, consider an oak leaf wreath or garland. You can find real, fresh wreaths and garland, but if you want decor that will last you may want to choose faux leaves. 

Add Some Lanterns

Lanterns are a festive addition this time of year and create a picturesque fall setting. Whether standing alone or as a table centerpiece, lanterns offer numerous ways of incorporating light into your decor. You can add the same lanterns to your outdoor space or choose a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes to bring a luxe look to your patio. 

Bring Out Some Throw Blankets

If your fall bucket list includes bonfires and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or spiced cider, throw blankets are a must-have! Have a few near your outdoor furniture to keep warm on crisp fall evenings. Keep a storage box or wicker basket if you have a covered patio and fill it with fleece, woven, or knit blankets for easy access. 

Throw In Some Throw Pillows

If you are on a budget, decorative pillows can really change the atmosphere’s mood at a low cost. Red- and neutral-colored throw pillows can help fully embrace the spirit of autumn. Place pillows on the outdoor furniture, such as dining chairs, patio sofas or accent chair. You can even drape a throw blanket over a seat as a final touch. If you want to leave your cushions out all season long, opt for outdoor furniture covers that protect your fabrics from inclemate weather conditions, especially if you don’t have a covered patio. 

Add Some Pumpkins and Gourds

Pumpkins and gourds are perhaps the most popular fall decor and they are a great way to add a festive touch to your outdoor living space! Place them near the entry door, on countertops, tables, and near other focal points. To amp things up, place fall-toned plantings near a stack of hay and some corn stalks. If you do not want to have to deal with rotting pumpkins, opt for faux pumpkins, gourds, and other fall plantings that can be used year after year. 

Hang Out By Your Outdoor Living Space

The anchor of your outdoor living space, the fall is the perfect season to cozy up next to your outdoor fireplace. If you are hosting guests, place some chairs around the fireplace and don’t forget wooden skewers to roast marshmallows for smores You can add a natural aspect by incorporating a sleek and modern log holder nearby to display freshly cut wood in a contemporary frame. To further incorporate aspects from nature, place a sleek log holder nearby to display freshly cut wood in a contemporary frame.

These are just a few of the many ways you can spruce up your outdoor living space in preparation for the fall! By following the tips above, you can make your patio cozy, festive, and inviting. If you are tired of your boring patio space or want to add a custom outdoor living space to your backyard, contact the patio contractors at Compass Outdoor Design! If you are interested in learning more about how we can transform your backyard into a space that can be enjoyed year-round, give us a call at 214-224-0461.