8 simple ways to add cozy style to your porch and outdoor spaces for fall with tips for lighting, warmth, and an easy color palette.
What started out as an Operation: Take Down the Summer Porch Curtains somehow turned into Operation: Cozy Up the Porch for Fall. And I’m not mad about it…
The last time I shared our back porch all gussied up for summer, we made it light and breezy with inexpensive mosquito net curtains to help with the crazy bug situation.
But now that the temps are cooling down and the bugs have gone away, we added some warm, cozy vibes to keep us enjoying this space for months to come.
If you want some tips for adding cozy fall vibes to your outdoor spaces, here are some of my faves…
8 Ways to Add Coziness to Your Porch for Fall:
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1. Add a propane powered fire pit.
We sprung for this gas fire pit I found on Amazon, and it has made the cooler nights so much fun for roasting s’mores and reading in the evening glow.
2. Put out a couple of mums and pumpkins.
I just picked these up at Walmart in the garden and produce sections, and they’re so stinkin’ cute I can’t stand it!
3. Hang a few lanterns for ambient light.
My brother is a blacksmith and forged these railroad spike hooks for me. I love the rustic vibe they add with lanterns.
I bought about 10 of these lanterns last summer to use for a family reunion, and they have constantly come in handy ever since for dressing up in all seasons.
They look great on table tops, hanging on this porch, on our hearth, on porch steps, beside benches, anywhere.
4. Bust out the plaid throw blankets and textured throw pillows.
I love having them handy for curling up out here with coffee and a book on the chilly days. And there’s just something extra cozy about plaid in the fall.
5. Utilize copper in tableware.
As soon as this little one is born in the next week or two, I’m totally celebrating with a Moscow Mule. But even if they’re filled with plain non-alcoholic cider, I love the warmth copper mugs can add to a table.
6. Stick some pumpkins on a tray with a few leaves for an easy centerpiece.
7. Put up string lights for a glow in the evenings.
These string lights stay up on our porch because I looooooove the glow they create when we eat dinners out here.
We keep the overhead lights off because they create just enough ambience all on their own. We use these Command hooks that make them easy to remove if we ever need to though.
8. Stick to a neutral color palette to make your outdoor space versatile.
I love that we used all neutral outdoor furniture and rugs for this back porch so that our transition from summer to fall made it really easy.
We really didn’t have to change much or spend much at all from how it looked in July, and yet it makes those little fall touches seem to stand out even more.
I can’t wait to come out here and wrap our new little bundle in a cozy blanket to sit by the fire as our nightly escape together as a family of 4. I just know there will be so many happy memories created out here this fall.
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Got any other tips for adding coziness to your outdoor spaces? Drop them in the comments below!