Cosy Ideas for Autumn Evenings on the Balcony or Patio
In the summertime many people’s homes gain an extra living space: the balcony or patio is the perfect place to spend a relaxed evening with friends, family, or to just take a small break alone after a stressful day at work. But just because the leaves are turning doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying this part of your home. Our author Annabelle Meinhold has gathered a couple of ideas to help you stay warm in your outdoor space during the cooler seasons. Here are her three top tips:
Create a comfortable, warm seating area with pillows for your back, a blanket for your legs and a rug to keep feet toasty.
Invest in a fire pit or heater: even at low temperatures, they’re sure to keep you nice and warm.
Decorate your balcony or patio with light chains or lanterns so that your cosy space is flooded with warm light.
Ready to create your perfect autumn wonderland? Here are some of our suggestions to help you get started:
This wicker chair from TecTake is the perfect addition to any outdoor living space. It's weatherproof and comes with a soft seat and back cushion: great for staying warm while viewing the autumn scenery from your own balcony.
- Aluminium frame
- Can be left outdoors
- Cushion covers are removable and washable
- Stable, no assembly required
- Available in light brown frame/grey cushions or dark brown frame/white cushions
- Size: 71 x 60 x 84 cm
Your patio or garden chair will become a cave of warmth and comfort when you add a couple of throw pillows into the mix. These plaid throw pillow covers are perfect for cooler months and come in many different colours schemes, many of which complement the aforementioned wicker chair's design very well.
- Double sided with zipper
- Machine washable
- 80% polyester, 20% cotton
Woollen blankets are the best for staying warm: fleece or microfibre aren't sufficient for staying warm on cool evenings. A blanket made of virgin wool retains your own body heat. This comfy Gotland throw blanket from Urbanara has a classic herringbone pattern and comes in different colours.
- in 7 different colour schemes
- 100% Scandinavian wool
- 140 x 220 cm
- Hand or machine-washable (on wool programme)
Extra-Tip: Stay Warm with a Hot Water Bottle
Planning on cuddling up on the balcony this evening? Warm up your blanket beforehand by filling up a hot bottle water (with warm water, of course) and leave it under your blanket for 30 minutes.
One of the best ways to give your outdoor space a comfy atmosphere is with a small rug. Not only does it look snazzy, but it also protects your feet from the cold. This rug from Green Decore comes in an attractive herringbone pattern and is specially made to withstand the outdoors. It's made from recycled materials and is especially resistant against moisture.
- Available in multiple colours
- 90 x 150 cm
- UV-Protected - won't fade in the sun
- Can be wiped clean
This rug from Paco Home can create a sense of warmth and comfort indoors as well as outdoors. Finely weaved and in a terracotta colour gradient, this rug goes great on a wooden deck. You can leave it on your balcony or patio year-round.
- Available in many colours and sizes
- 100% Polypropylen
- Flat woven fabric
- Easy to clean
Having an open fire on your balcony is, of course, pretty dangerous. But this pyramid heater keeps the heat at a safe level. The flame display creates a beautiful aesthetic in any outdoor space and keeps all guests cosy and comfortable.
- Stainless steel frame and quartz glass tube
- Comes with cover for outdoor storage
- 52 x 52 x 227 cm
- 23 kg
While radiant heaters are sure to keep you warm, they also might not be allowed on your balcony, but no worries: this adjustable free-standing heat lamp is a great, safe alternative. With 3 different heating levels, it's sure to keep you warm in the autumn and winter months.
- 3 heat settings
- Adjustable stand
- 53 x 21.5 x 53 cm
- Safety overheat protection
A different, often more effective way of heating up space is with a hanging heat lamp. When fastened on the ceiling, it doubles as a heating device and decoration! The pendant style design creates a nice vintage look in any space.
- 42 x 42 x 44 cm
- Can be used both indoors and outdoors
- 2100W halogen heating
- Hanging chain included
This gas fire pit is perfect for a patio: it isn't an open fire, so it's much safer than your average campfire. The fire bowl is heightened on a small pillar, so it's sure to be the centre of attention at any autumn garden party. You can even roast things on it!
- Propane fire pit
- 53 x 53 x 74 cm
- Comes with a cover
A cosy atmosphere can be created by placing candles in a quality wooden lantern, such as this one from Home Decor. Use just one or multiple to create a beautifully lit space. Depending on the season and mood, you can add fun decorations to the inside, such as chestnuts or holiday ornaments.
- 32 x 14 x 14
- Front opening door and vent on top
- Brown natural wood, glass and stainless steel
- Can be used with normal candles or LED lights
This trendy solar light chain can be draped anywhere. 50 high-quality LED lights are charged by the sun, which means they are long-lasting as well as eco-friendly. They work up to 10 hours after a full charge, which is plenty of time to relax on the patio and enjoy the autumn evening.
- 22 ft
- 50 quality LED lights
- 17% energy conversion rate
- IP65 waterproof design