Outdoor Living Ideas for Fall: Lighting, Decor

While jumping in the pool could be a little chilly in November, the cooler weather gives homeowners the opportunity to enjoy their outdoor living space from the patio. Fall is the perfect time to add on different features, lighting and decor that can help you create the perfect atmosphere for family and friends to gather and enjoy each others company this holiday season. Use the outdoor living ideas below when you are planning how to use your outdoor living space this fall.

Fire Features

With the dip in temperature this time of year it is always fun to add an element of fire to your backdoor living space. It adds warmth and creates a focal point to enjoy against the night sky. When we think of fire features we often think of the classic fire pit or fire place, but while these classic features are fun to enjoy there are many kinds of fire features you can enjoy in your back yard.

Fire and Water Features – Features like these incorporate both elements into your outdoor living space. Place fire bowls that also have water pouring from them around your pool. Not only are the aesthetically pleasing but incorporating the water pouring into your pool provides a relaxing sound.

Rectangular Fire Pits – Fire pits will always be a favorite for roasting marshmallows and gathering with friends, but sometimes circular and square pits limit who all has access to the fire. By using a fire insert with a rectangular design you can create a larger area with a sleek modern design.

Classic Chimney – Who said a fire place is only for the inside? Use a classic brick or stone chimney design for a fire place outside. You can recreate your living room but also enjoy the crisp fall air and beautiful night sky.

Outdoor LightingThe long summer nights are over and if we want to enjoy our outdoor living areas even early in the evening we need a way to light them up and make them warm and inviting. Flood lights are great to provide us with the ability to see at night but there are so many fun ways to illuminate your outdoor living space.

Globe String Lights – We often think string lights are only for Christmas decorations but they don’t have to be. By using globe string lights, it brings that patio restaurant feel to your own backyard. Not only is it enjoyable for the nice fall weather but you can keep them up all year long. String them over your pool to add a different look entirely.

Paper Lanterns – Paper lanterns are fun to have because they can be used all year round or you can add to the festive atmosphere by using different colors. This fall switch things up from the usual oranges and browns and use colors like forest green, olive, plum, and dark blues.

Re-purposed Chandeliers – Re-purposed chandeliers found at thrift stores are a fun way to make your outdoor living area feel fancy and festive. Paint them or just use their original colors. You can hang them from posts around your flower beds or on your patio for added light.


Decorating for fall and the holidays is one of the best times! Since we are more inclined to entertain during this time and the weather gives us a perfect excuse to cozy up by fire next to the pool, why not go all out in decorating?!

Metallic Colors – Spruce up your outdoor decorations with a touch of metallic paint. You can paint pumpkins or spray paint pine cones and string them as a garland. The possibilities are numerous. An added bonus is that metallic colors can easily take you into the winter months as well.

Flowers – Whether they’re potted plants or in a vase flowers are the perfect addition to your outdoor living space decor. For planters think cabbage or kale for dark purples and greens and mums and sunflowers for planters.

Pumpkin Planters– Instead of putting those flowers in a regular pot use a pumpkin! Cut off the top and empty out the insides, then either place a container with the flowers in it inside, so that the flowers don’t have to go when the pumpkins are done or fill it with dirt and put the flowers right in.

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