13 Easy Ways to Extend Your Outdoor Space Into Fall

From quick furniture updates to spilling container gardens, we've got 13 easy ways to take your outdoor space from summer to fall in a snap.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Fall-Perfect Patio Makeover

Just in time for the brisk, fall weather, this pergola-covered deck was outfitted for the season with comfy cushions, cozy throws, earth-tone hues and clever DIYs.

Increase Outdoor Seating

Maximize your outdoor seating with a modular sectional sofa. With different configurations, you can shape the modules to best fit your outdoor space. To get the most bang for your buck, opt for solid, neutral upholstery and a construction that's low maintenance.

Chic and Multipurpose

Keep your furnishings multipurpose to maximize use for your outdoor area. The carved, wooden occasional tables on each end of the sectional are also sturdy enough to double as extra seating for impromptu guests.

Pillow Swap

Change up the look of your outdoor sofa with a simple swap of seasonal pillows. Once the bright blues and yellows of summer are over, take the less-is-more approach by layering neutrals and evergreens. This mix works year-round and evokes the feeling of fall.

Simple Dining

Before the weather becomes too cold, take advantage of alfresco dining with practical furniture groupings. Round tables make for better conversation, as guests can chat fluidly across from one another or when seated side by side. Instead of buying matching sets, try pairing vintage chairs with new, modern tables.

Indoor-Outdoor Fabric

Give a designer look to simple outdoor chairs with cushions made of indoor-outdoor fabrics in classic prints. The taupe and black-stripe upholstery looks and feels just like indoor furnishings, but it’s made with acrylic to withstand the elements.

Spray-Paint Update

Add extra (budget-friendly!) seating outdoors by hunting flea markets or thrift stores for bamboo or rattan chairs. Customize them with a coat of primer and a glossy, colorful finish.

Game Night Chalkboard

Make your outdoor space multipurpose and interactive with an oversized outdoor chalkboard for keeping score on game nights. This can be made at home with pressure-treated lumber, chalkboard paint and a few handy tools. Get the How-To

Fall Foliage

Bring touches of life to your outdoor space by adding plants in groupings. The key to a well-layered container garden is a mix of tall grasses, cascading plants and leafy, low-sitting groundcover. When arranging containers, try to stick with odd numbers for a well-balanced look.

Integrated Planters

Homeowners with advanced DIY skills can incorporate greenery into their outdoor space with integrated planters. These can be incorporated directly on the exterior of a home between pergola posts or even into bench-style seating.

Pine-Green Tones

If you're stuck on what accent color to paint your exterior doors and shutters, stick with evergreen tones that work well with a wide variety of hues and also mix well with autumnal palettes.

Painted Pergola

Give pergolas or arbors a high-design update by painting them in the same hue as the home's exterior trim. This will create a cohesive look that makes the exterior structures look more like an extension of the home.

DIY Lighting

Keep your outdoor space lit after hours by repurposing an indoor chandelier as a solar-powered fixture. For a cohesive look, update the body of the chandelier and the finish of the walkway lights with spray paint before hanging. Get the How-To

Revitalize a Faded Deck

If your deck has faded, it's easier than you might think to bring it back to life. Simply rent a pressure washer from your local home improvement store to remove caked-on grime and dust. Once the wood has thoroughly dried, add a fresh coat of paint with an extender pole.