Hello, Fall!

Our past few posts featured some lovely outdoor spaces. But the recent cooler days (not to mention fallen leaves on the porch) may have you wondering how to make the most of your “fifth room” before winter sets in. Below you'll find a few easy tips to add warmth and coziness to your deck, porch, or patio. Better yet, these ideas work just as well in any living area.

 

Texture

Fall in Bloomington is particularly beautiful. If you've ever spent a sunny afternoon out at Lake Monroe or Lake Griffy, you're familiar with the rich and colorful trees. You can easily borrow from the feeling of the landscape itself with textured pillows, throws, and rugs. Consider layering different textures to mimic the variation found in one of fall's best features: foliage in transition.

Image: Style Files

Image: Style Files

Image: DIY Network

Image: DIY Network

 

Warmth

Let's be honest: Some people just resist being outside as the days and evenings turn chilly. In addition to offering a favorite autumn sweater, adding visual warmth through lighting accents, such as string lights and votives (and maybe even a flame-free DIY fire pit, too) creates an enticing — and cozy — environment.

Image: Brooklyn Limestone

Image: Brooklyn Limestone

Image: Sunset.com

Image: Sunset.com

See more outdoor lighting inspiration here.

 
image: apartment therapy

image: apartment therapy

These DIY votive holders work well in outdoor both and indoor spaces. Apartment Therapy has even more ideas here.

 

PATTERN AND...COLOR!

Perhaps the easiest way to get your outdoor space feeling Fall is through autumnal patterns and, of course, our favorite —color! Buffalo checks and other plaids make an even bolder impression in rich, warm palettes. And — dare we say it — usher us into the holiday season ahead. 

Image: Howtodecorate.com

Image: Howtodecorate.com

image: designsponge

image: designsponge

Image: sua casa sua festa

Image: sua casa sua festa

 

Adaptable to any home, these ideas are also well-suited for personal interpretation. They work in just about any decorating style. What's your favorite aesthetic for fall? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!