Whether it’s early spring, late summer, autumn or, of course, a mild winter, for sure Mother Nature needs a little help with warmth if you love entertaining and enjoying your outdoor patio or lawn. However, with certain additions, there’s hope for extending your patio use into late fall. Some require a larger investment such as a roof or heat lamps, others a kinder on the pocket, like candles. Or, if you live in a warmer climate, a few design tricks for “warming up” your patio for the season have also been included in the following ideabook. Here’s to functioning patios regardless of chilly weather!
Add a rooftop. Whether you choose a permanent, year-round construction or a seasonal canopy, a roof over the patio will help to contain heat in the cooler months. If possible, wire it with lighting to prepare it for fall’s earlier setting sun
If you do add a roof, circle it with curtains. You can easily block a breeze when it becomes too chilly, plus, aesthetically, their addition will give your covered patio a tropical cabana feel
Build a fireplace. This one is fairly obvious, and will change the way you experience your patio
If a fireplace is too large an investment, or your patio simply does not have space, light each seating area separately with small, portable candles. You’ll benefit from similar warm lighting without shelling out big bucks
With all the cool gadgets these days, you can even create a small firepit directly on your patio table. Just be careful when reaching for the salt!
Heat lamps can warm a considerable area, helping your whole patio stay cozy despite dipping temperatures
If standing heat lamps seem too large and daunting, consider a more discrete version, like this heater installed in the ceiling
Though you’d never know from simply looking at the photo, these wooden floors are heated. Heated floors can do wonders for a patio, keeping your toes and space extra snug
If you’re one of the lucky ones who lives in a warmer climate, you may not need to worry much about chilly temperatures invading your patio. However, you may want to visually warm up your space for the winter season. Peppering your patio furniture with blankets and pillows will help it appear extra cozy
In dryer climates, consider adding a rug beneath your furniture, especially for stone floors, which can be cooler. The rug will more comfortable on bare feet and ground the look as a whole
Warm up your furniture withupholstered cushions. Blogger Cococozy, who designed this patio, upholstered the cushions in heavy-handed linen backed with Sunbrella to withstand the rain and snow of cooler months (she actually leaves her cushions outside all season long)
Tip: Cococozy suggests propping outdoor pillows on their sides when not in use: If it rains or snows, the water will drain out instead of build up inside the pillow
Texture adds visual warmth. I love the clever use of tall grasses in front of this cement wall
Add texture through tablespaces and mantle decorations. Even the look of rattan furniture helps to warm up the space
This patio has it all going on: comfy cushions, a cozy rug, throw pillows galore and loads of warm texture
Of course, the ultimate addition to a “fall” patio? A hot tub. The perfect spot to relax, star gaze and enjoy a cool, winter evening
It might sound crazy, but couple of frozen water bottles
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