We are well into fall, and now is the perfect time to get your patio ready for fun gatherings of friends and family. Even if you don’t have the space for a fire pit, everyone can still have a good time playing games, catching up, sipping cider, and more.

Read on for some pro tips on how to optimize your patio space so everyone can enjoy each other’s company.


Find the Right Style

First off, consider the style of patio furniture that would look best for your space.

When choosing furniture designs, it’s important to take your overall aesthetic into consideration. Is most of your outdoor space tailored to a traditional look? Or would modern flair be a better fit?

Picking a style is an important first step that ties together with picking a color. The style you choose will likely even influence the furniture colors you pick.


Compare Color Options to Fit Your Aesthetic

Next, pick a color that looks beautiful in your patio space. Like with choosing a furniture style, the overall aesthetic should be taken into consideration. Do you want bright or bolder colors, or do you prefer a more subdued, neutral look?

This is where you can get really creative in your outdoor living area. Choose outdoor furniture colors that speak to you! If you have a tough time deciding, consider looking at material color swatches to view options in person.


Add Comfy Seating

Now that you have the style and color settled, you can add chairs so everyone has a place to sit. Consider the space you have and look at options such as Adirondack chairs, rockers, and classic deck chairs.


Adirondack Chairs

Adirondack chairs are the quintessential picture of outdoor relaxation. The contoured seats and large backs truly let you relax as you lean back and enjoy the company of friends and family. If desired, you can add ottomans, so you and your guests have a place to kick your feet up while relaxing together.




Rocking Chairs

Outdoor rocking chairs allow many fond memories to be made on your patio. As you rock back and forth, you can enjoy sharing stories, catching up, spending time with friends, or just taking some alone time with a drink and a good book. Pair with a matching side table for a place to keep essentials within easy reach.




Deck /Garden Chairs

Adding standard deck chairs will ensure that everyone has a place to sit without overwhelming your patio space. The right chairs can match with the style and color you’ve chosen, plus many chairs also include contoured seats and backs for ideal comfort.  

These three types of chairs are just a few options for you to consider for your patio. Be sure to do your research and browse other options such as outdoor couches, sectionals, lounges, and more!


Cushions and Blankets

For maximum comfort, add cushions and blankets for relaxed seating and comfy warmth. This is especially ideal for the cooler fall months when gatherings go late.

When considering how to coordinate pillows, cushions, and blankets that match your color scheme, seeing what others have done may help give you ideas. Check out this Pinterest page for tips on how to arrange pillows in your patio area.


Look for Tables that Help Welcome Guests

No patio hangout area is complete without tables to give everyone space for their essentials. As a centerpiece to coordinate your seating around, consider a longer coffee table. Also known as conversation tables, coffee tables are a staple for hosting games, snacks, drinks, and more at outdoor parties.

Smaller side and end tables can be nicely mixed into your patio seating area and give convenient resting places for coffee, hot cocoa, cider, and more. Coordinate these with your central conversation table and sprinkle among your seating for the perfect hang-out zone.  



Add Ambient Lighting

During the fall, nights get longer, so you’ll need to ensure that your outdoor patio area has plenty of warm lighting to help everyone stay cozy.

Once you have your furniture in place, add lanterns, string lights, walkway lighting, and more to help your patio décor shine brilliantly this fall.

For some additional lighting inspiration for your patio and beyond, check out this article.  




Make Your Patio Area Unique

With so many options for getting your patio setup ready for fall, we hope this guide has helped you get started. Ready to invite friends over and show off your unique patio setup?


Have other suggestions for a perfect fall patio? Share your ideas in the comments!

October 20, 2023 — Gabi Slucki