If you have a patio, you might as well make it as cozy as possible so you can enjoy it during the fall season. Patios are well-loved in the spring and summer, but as the temperatures drop, they tend to start collecting dust as people migrate to indoor lounge areas to stay warm. But if you turn your patio into a chilly weather-friendly spot to hang, it'll get more use.
There are lots of ways to cozy up your patio so it feels inviting, warm and comfortable for you, your family and your guests. You can start with deciding what your patio actually needs, like a new area rug, additional lighting, a throw blanket, a fire pit or even new furniture pieces. Even if your patio doesn't technically need anything, there's always room to add some fun fall decor that'll add some warmth to the aesthetic, as well as warmth for your body when it's cold outside.
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What to Consider When Purchasing Cozy Patio Decor
Type: The possibilities are practically endless when it comes to purchasing patio decor to make your space feel cozier. Soft furnishings like throw blankets and pillows can help keep you warm and comfortable when spending time on your patio, and equipment like fire pits and heaters can also keep you warm. If you're looking to cozy things up with some lighting, string lights and lanterns can help. If you want to go the route of adding accessories to your space, a hanging planter or an area rug can do the trick.
Cost: As with all things shopping-related, you can spend a little or a lot on warming up your patio. Of course, the big ticket items are fire pit tables, patio heaters and area rugs, with the less expensive items being throw blankets, pillows, planters and other accessories. Lighting is usually a middle-of-the-road option in terms of price — it just depends on the type of lighting you want to purchase. String lights and table lanterns are cheaper than wiring outdoor wall sconces.
Style: A perk of outfitting your patio for cooler temperatures is being able to match your new purchases to your style. If your patio already has a certain vibe, then that's probably what you should stick with. If not, the home decor world is your oyster. Generally, the style of your home furnishings will flow into your outdoor space as well, so you probably won't go with a boho theme if your indoor aesthetic is midcentury modern.
Scroll on to see our top picks for decor that'll bring some fall warmth to your patio.
1. DII Woven Throw Blanket
You can't go wrong with a cozy throw blanket to make your patio ready for chillier temperatures. This basketweave blanket is super soft and lightweight, and it's made of 100% cotton. It's a great blanket to use to stay warm outside or draped over a couch or chair and displayed as decor. The throw is machine washable, which is essential when you're dealing with outdoor elements. The blanket measures 50 inches by 60 inches with a 3-inch fringe. It comes in 12 color options, including orange to match all your pumpkin decor.
2. Hampton Bay Patio Heater
Bring the heat to your outdoor space during the colder months with Hampton Bay's propane patio heater. Made from durable stainless steel, the heater offers a sleek, modern style that'll let you spend time outside even when it's cold. It produces 48000 BTU, enough to heat up to 200 square feet, and features a piezoelectric ignition and control valve to allow for temperature adjustment. Once assembled, it stands 7 feet and 3 inches tall. Propane gas is sold separately.
3. Best Choice Products Wicker Fire Pit Table
If you're in need of a coffee table and some heat, consider this fire pit table instead—especially if you want an easy way to roast marshmallows. Glass rocks create an elegant fire ambiance. The fire pit comes with a glass wind guard to keep it going when it's windy outside, and it also makes it a bit more childproof. For more table space, you can remove the wind guard. It works with a standard 20-pound propane tank that is tucked away inside the table. Pictured here is the 52-inch model with 50,000 BTU (available in gray or brown), but there's also a less expensive 28-inch model with the same amount of heating power.
4. Bee & Willow Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow
A throw pillow can make an outdoor space feel more lived in. This faux raffia throw pillow has elegantly embroidered accents on weather-resistant fabric, making it a great option for both indoor and outdoor couches or chairs. Throw a couple of these pillows on your outdoor furniture and top it off with a throw blanket to prepare for what fall has in store. The square pillow with 100% polyester fill measures 19 inches by 19 inches.
5. P.F. Candle Co. Cedar & Sagebrush Soy Candle
Not only will this cedar and sagebrush scented candle bring some fall-like decor to your outdoor coffee table in its amber-hued glass jar, but it'll also bring the fall smells. The candle is made with the finest ingredients, including clean-burning soy wax and a mixture of fragrance oils. The burn time for this 7.5-ounce candle is about 40 hours. The candle is also available in an amber and moss scent.
6. Brightown Outdoor String Lights
You will love the ambiance these dimmable and energy-saving string lights add to your patio. Whether you're hosting a party, a family dinner outside or you just want to set the mood, these connectable string lights deliver a cozy vibe. Certified to be weather-resistant, these lights will work with your decor and your weather year-round. Each string comes with 50 clear bulbs and two spare replacement bulbs. Choose from 25 feet, 30 feet (LED), 50 feet or 100 feet of string lights.
7. Pearlstar Solar Table Lantern
A great candle alternative, this pretty lantern could serve as a centerpiece for a coffee table, or, if purchased in multiples, could add pathway lighting to your patio. Made of metal, the lantern is durable and can withstand inclement weather conditions. The top of the lantern is a solar panel, and when it's placed in direct sunlight and the switch is turned on, it'll automatically turn on at dusk. The inside of the lantern features a flickering flame effect. You can buy this model in a white or black finish, and it measures 5.91 inches in diameter and 4.33 inches high.
8. Sol 72 Outdoor Adeliza Chevron Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
Add some fun to your patio with this area rug's modern chevron pattern. It features shades of gray and a worn finish, which works well in any season—from the warm spring and summer months through fall and winter. Made from durable synthetic fibers, the rug is resistant to water, stains, fading and shedding. The backside of the rug has an anti-slip backing to help it stay put. The area rug comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes including rectangle, square, round and runner.
9. Salvador Brown Hanging Indoor/Outdoor Planter
Add some greenery to your patio with this hanging terracotta planter. This beauty is hung with heavy jute rope that weaves in and out of three durable loops to keep the bowl secure and even. It can be hung alone or in a group with other planters. It's safe for outdoor use, but the company recommends bringing it inside during inclement weather and when it's not being used. The pot measures 13 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 6.5 inches high and weighs 6.25 pounds.
10. Better Homes & Gardens Ventura Boho Wicker Egg Chair
If you feel like your patio is missing some seating but you aren't sure what, this wicker egg chair can provide a stylish, fun and cozy place to sit. The chair has comfortable deep seating with cushions made of 50% recycled materials. The frame is rust-resistant, making it a great chair to add to your existing outdoor furniture, or you can buy the matching set, as it's part of the Better Homes & Gardens Ventura Outdoor furniture collection. The egg chair is available in brown/off-white, cream and gray. Once assembled, it measures 36.61 inches long, 41.73 inches wide and 58.46 inches high and has a weight capacity of 250 pounds.