With the official start of fall only a few days away, now’s the time to swap out those summer decorations for something a little more festive. Just because temperatures are cooling down doesn’t mean you can’t continue to use your outdoor spaces! Follow these tips and you’ll have a cozy area on your deck, porch, or patio to enjoy for weeks to come. Don’t forget to do a little seasonal cleaning as you swap décor.
Leaves, Leaves, Leaves
We all look forward to the colorful announcement of autumn, but there are different ways to incorporate this in your design. Natural leaves are great! But outside they tend to collect right where you don’t want them. Plus, wet leaves can present a hazard for your family and guests. Not only are they quite slippery, but also they can create a heavy layer that traps moisture, attracts pests, and places extra weight on any structure. Be diligent about removing them. If you start to notice them building up, call in the Peak Power Wash professionals for a thorough pressure washing that will remove leaves in no time.
Try to recreate the beauty of fall leaves (without the decay) through foraged leaf crafts, sealed garlands, or fun autumn prints on your outdoor furniture. You can even bring back the shape without any of the mess through handmade garlands, or paper bag luminaries. Just follow this how-to video from Southern Living and you’ll have your home ready for fall in no time!
Add a Little Light
Now that the sun’s setting earlier, you’ll need more lights for any evening entertaining. While fairy light strings are perfect for spring/summer, autumn demands a different ambiance! We like the look of natural flames, from candles to campfires. Combine your love of pumpkins and light by making your own fall-themed votives (with flameless battery-powered tea lights for the more cautious decorators). Or, consider installing your own firepit for the season! Just make sure it’s far enough away from your house and any other outdoor structures. If you’re placing it on a deck or patio, you should also clean the area underneath thoroughly. Any lingering materials that could prove flammable should be cleared—preferably with the help of a power washing professional. So, you can start the fire and keep warm without worry throughout fall.
Fall is no less colorful than the other seasons—it just has a slightly different scheme. Try to incorporate the autumnal rainbow with orange pumpkins, green gourds, magenta mums, golden hay, and right mahogany wood tones. You can do this with beautiful arrangements of live foliage. Plush throws and pillows—to keep your guests warm, of course. Plus, don’t forget to welcome guests with fall-inspired wreaths, path lighting, and other stacked décor leading the way to your outdoor spaces. Share some of your ideas with us! We’d love to see what you create.
While we’re no design experts, we have a lot of experience setting the scene—with spotless surfaces. Keep your home looking its best in any season with a thorough power washing. Fall is especially important for outdoor maintenance because of the rapid changes to our environment. Let our professionals prepare your porch, patio, or deck with a quick pressure washing, so you can practice some of these fall decorating tips outside!