With the arrival of autumn’s cooling winds, landscapes explode into glorious hues of gold, crimson and tangerine. In recent years, decorating for the fall season has become just as popular as decking the halls for Christmastime. By adding focal points of autumnal scenery, your home will emanate a warming welcome to your guests throughout the duration of the season.
Make the most of the front entry to your home. Select an adornment for the door, such as a bunch of dried Indian corn tied together with raffia or a seasonal colored ribbon. A festive fall wreath studded with pinecones, silk leaves and blooms in autumnal hues provides another option for highlighting your front door. If there are steps that lead the way to your door, arrange potted mums or pumpkins along the sides of each step. Homes whose front entryway is framed by a porch railing have the perfect venue for exhibiting a row of pumpkins. Flank each end of the railing with cornstalks. A seated scarecrow on a porch chair makes a heartwarming and whimsical sentry. For an additional decorative touch that can be swapped out with each season, consider erecting a garden flag post, perhaps curbside at the mailbox, to display a flag of autumn graphics.
Be sure to decorate the patio or deck for backyard barbecues and cocktail entertaining around the fire pit. Home and garden centers are treasure troves for your patio decorating needs. Outdoor furniture cushions, toss pillows and table umbrellas are now marked down for clearance. Select seating cushions and pillows for the chairs and benches in colors or patterns that showcase the fall palette, which includes orange, yellow, red, maroon, purple and earth tones. Matching table umbrellas will extend the look upwards. Terra cotta pots brimming with pinecones create simple, inexpensive and low maintenance centerpieces for the tables. Baskets or wooden bowls filled with apples provide edible seasonal decorations during entertaining.
Arrange clusters of potted plants in the corners of conversational areas and around the borders of the patio or deck. Boldly colored mums, purple asters and Montauk daisies are popular seasonal choices. Fountain grasses that are now sprouting forth their purple plumes add height and dimension to the arrangement; ornamental cabbage and kale provide texture. Pumpkins, which are now available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that include the trendy white hue, can also be grouped with the plants. A decorative iron rack will ensure that extra firewood stands ready for feeding the fire pit. When the daytime barbecue extends into a chilly evening of conversation around the fire, keep a few throw blankets in solid fall colors on hand to offer guests. For added evening ambience, drape strings of miniature orange lights around the perimeter of the patio.
Your local home and garden center and craft superstore offer all of the inspiration that you need to embrace the season by setting the mood to celebrate autumn, from its first welcomed appearance in September all the way through the Thanksgiving holiday in November.
Photo Credit: Chris McClanahan (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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