10 Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Deck
There are so many reasons to get excited about autumn: sweaters, crisp mornings, a warm mug of hot apple cider, and, of course, football. Enjoy all of these delights in your favorite outdoor living space, your deck.
A deck is a perfect place to watch fall leaves change under picture-perfect blue skies. As the air cools, you can light a fire table or use a patio heater. As the days get shorter, add lighting or candles to lengthen your enjoyment of your deck. Make your deck your go-to spot for fall and invite over friends and family to watch a game, eat some comfort food and play a rousing game of cards. Makeover your deck or porch décor to reflect the season.
10 Creative and Stylish Decorating Ideas for your Deck for the Fall Season
The only thing that could make it better is a few special touches to elevate your deck for fall. Include a few spooky touches to celebrate Halloween. You might even DIY some unique décor.
Here are 10 deck and porch decorating ideas to get you started.
1. Create a Cozy Fall Deck Seating Area
Make your seating cozier for fall by adding a few weather-resistant throws and adding festive orange, yellow or purple pillows. Next, add a simple bench with easy DIY fall décors such as baskets full of pinecones or galvanized buckets with mums or gourds. Finally, add an outdoor rug with great texture to frame up your seating.
If you have a second-story deck and an under-deck ceiling, you can create a space that’s cozy and dry from season to season. Add stylish furnishings, an outdoor television, and double your entertainment space!
2. Start with Classic Fall Deck Décor
What says fall better than classic pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, Halloween props, and haystacks? Add a festive fall wreath in oranges and yellows, and your deck will pop with color (this is also great for your front porch). Or choose a contrasting color combination such as orange and lime green or plum and yellow.
Use the beauty of nature by including dark spiky grasses, vibrant fall flowers, fluffy Magic Carpet spirea, and ruffled kale in rustic containers around the deck. Leave in some of your summer plants that still look healthy and transition to the new season by adding fall and winter plants: sweet potato vine, creeping jenny, and nasturtium, to name a few. Plantings keep your pots from looking barren between seasons. Of course, your potted plants will need less watering due to cooler temperatures, but still, keep the pots elevated so they don’t trap water on your deck boards.
3. Add Farmhouse Style to Your Deck
Tackle a DIY project by filling an old wheelbarrow with plants to decorate your deck. Other fun farmhouse décor includes vintage signs, burlap, and antique outdoor furniture. Next, fill baskets with an assortment of fall elements such as white pumpkins, orange pumpkins, green gourds, and various leaves. Finally, create a centerpiece for your outdoor room with pinecones, a lantern, and a checkered runner.
4. Go Traditional with Mums and Pumpkins
Nothing says fall more than the classics: a pumpkin patch and mums. Layer a display with various sizes and shapes, and choose complementary fall colors to frame up your space. On the other hand, a large array of the same color can create a spectacular showing. Some mums planted after fall will bloom again in the spring.
5. How Can I Make my Deck Look Nice?
Making your deck look nice is only limited by your imagination and style preferences. You might go for something upscale with patterned décor contrasting colors or something more fun and spooky like carved pumpkins, yarn spiderwebs, and fake hands reaching from potted plants. Whether you prefer a comfy hammock or a sleek Adirondack chair, create a spot you’ll enjoy again and again.
6. How Do I Decorate my Door in the Fall?
Door décor may begin with a beautiful hanging or wreaths but takes a step up with the vertical addition of a garland or cornstalks. If you have topiaries around the door, string some fun lights or leaf garlands on them. You could also add a pretty bow with black and white gingham or festive orange hues. Finally, add beautifully painted or carved pumpkins to a pedestal, and you can create a focal point and create curb appeal for Trick-or-Treaters.
7. How Do I Decorate my Backyard Patio in the Fall?
Extend your décor from your deck to your fall patio with a garland, grapevines, or cornstalks. Weave in fairy lights to create a path from one area to another. Add some fun copper accents to give the space a bit of shine: craft seating or additional areas for décor with haybales.
You can also plant a fall garden to connect the patio and deck. Border gardens should feature tall plants in the back, mid-sized plants in the middle, and smaller, low-growing specimens in the front. Choose vibrant plants such as coleus, ornamental okra, and red leaf tree fern.
8. How Can I Make my Deck More Inviting with Fall Decorations?
Group your displays to avoid clutter and to give your space a more defined look. Incorporate some gingham pumpkins, patinaed planters, and lanterns to add charm. Curate an autumn planter with variegated greens and red and magenta coleus. Don’t forget to buy a new welcome mat!
9. Transition to Cooler Nights with Candle Lights
Shorter days mean cooler nights. Enjoy your deck far into fall with a patio heater or other safe heating source. Make the space more inviting with lovely lanterns and candles in autumn scents. Having a fire pit near the deck — or on the deck, if you have a fireproof mat — also adds warmth to the season.
10. Enhance Outdoor Deck with Store-Bought Decor
While using natural elements can be lovely, it’s also time-consuming and lasts only a season. Buying décor that you use year after year may be a bit easier. Make sure you have space to stow away your faux pumpkins and leafy garlands. An under-deck drainage system could help you turn your two-story deck into extra storage!
Happy fall, ya’ll! Have fun with your design ideas and make your deck your-go to spot all season.