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Fall Colour Schemes for Decorating and How to Incorporate Them

Pumpkins on front porch



As the days get shorter and the nights become cooler, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning into the fall season. This is an exciting opportunity to consider a new selection of different design ideas. This is also your chance to incorporate a whole host of autumn colours into your patio’s look this year.


From oranges and yellows to rustic browns and muted neutrals, the options are endless when it comes to fall-centric colour schemes. Depending on your style and the vision you have in mind for your patio, there are countless ways you can transform your outdoor space into a fall-ready sanctuary.


Read the suggestions below for some trendy fall colour inspiration!


1. Burnt Orange

A classic autumn colour, burnt orange exudes warmth and contentment.


This deep shade can be easily balanced with one of the lighter, more neutral tones listed below.



2. Cranberry Red

Cranberry red is a beautiful fall shade that adds a rich pop of colour to any outdoor scene.



Candles and pumpkins on porch



3. Mustard

Mustard is bold while standing out as exquisitely vintage and nostalgic.


You don’t need to overdo it on this colour, as even one central element of your patio being mustard-coloured can speak for itself and anchor your entire fall display effortlessly.



4. Pumpkin

One of the first things people will often associate with the fall season is pumpkins.


With that in mind, why not put that characteristic and well-loved colour to good use? Include pumpkin tones throughout your fall decor.



5. Olive

Greens are not as often considered when thinking about fall colour schemes, but that shouldn’t be the case.


Olive feels warm and inviting without being too overwhelming. It can be artfully balanced with dark woods and brass decor.



6. Wheat

Natural and calming, wheat is a more subtle colour that can be mixed with other, brighter tones to showcase its full potential.



7. Moss

Moss is a delightfully earthy colour that stands as a serene, unique choice if you want to steer away from more typical fall colours.



8. Denim

Another pick that goes against the more classically considered fall shades, denim still brings associations of the season without being too overbearing.



9. Forest Green

A deep colour choice that injects a layer of masculinity and class, this option can easily be paired well with more rustic elements.



10. Cream

An excellent, classy neutral that can work alongside nearly any colour.


If you’re looking to create a rustic farmhouse feel, consider matching this shade with denim and wheat.



11. Indigo

Decidedly fearless and decisively nautical, indigo is a great choice if you want to be more unique with your decor.


Wood tones would work very well with this choice to complete the maritime feel.



12. Grey

Not everyone wants to have the brightest colour palette for fall.


Sometimes it’s best to let the foliage speak for itself and go for a versatile neutral instead. Smoky-toned furniture will bring sophistication and warmth to this look.



13. Caramel

A pleasant, yet understated colour that’s sure to stir up fond associations with fall: caramel.



14. Taupe

Taupe is such a soothing hue that can ground an otherwise light and airy space that hosts primarily neutral tones.



15. Chocolate Brown

Chocolate brown is a rich, deep colour that can be suited to a multitude of different design visions from casual rustic to bold elegance.



16. Mulberry

An unexpected, yet delightfully one-of-a-kind pick, mulberry is a vibrant, strong colour that is sure to draw admiring eyes to your patio.



17. Amberglow

Another classic orange shade, amberglow is reminiscent of crackling autumn fires and dazzling sunsets.



18. Mauve

Although it’s not necessarily a typical pick, mauve is perfect for autumn decor lovers who want to think outside of the box.



19. Black

When in doubt, go for black. A marvellous, gothic choice that will pull focus and exude elegance.



20. Peach

Softer than other orange shades, peach packs a cute punch.



21. Fern

Pleasing to look at and subtly satisfying, fern is a colour that can be seamlessly incorporated with more neutral tones.



22. Terracotta

Terracotta is an impeccable fall tone that’s versatile and easy on the eyes without being dull or unexciting.



23. Ocher

Ocher carries a lot of dynamic elements along with it and is comparable to the shades seen in the sky on a fall evening.



24. Sienna

Sienna holds a lot of vivid depth and is an adaptable fall colour for an autumn-themed patio.



25. Rust

An all-around strong fall colour, rust is a dazzling autumnal pick for a traditional seasonal decor scheme.



Ways to Include Fall Colours into Your Patio Autumn Design


1. Seasonal Shrubs

Surrounding your patio with seasonal shrubs will ignite lines of fiery fall colours with their vibrant leaves and colourful berries along your yard.


Some great seasonal shrubs for autumn include firedance dogwood, coral beauty cotoneaster, chokeberry, sumac, and spicebush.



2. Plant Perennials

Planting perennials is the perfect way to inject autumnal colour palettes into your outdoor space naturally.


Options for pretty fall blooms include aster, goldenrod, and ornamental grass.



3. Potted Mums

Pots of chrysanthemums are an easy way to introduce the bright fall shades of your choice into your patio with little effort.



Mums on front porch



4. Vases of Sunflowers

Sunflowers offer a colourful and carefree burst of yellow into your space.


Arrange cut bunches of sunflowers in rustic jugs for a farmhouse feel.



5. Matching Throw Pillows

Throw pillows can be mixed and matched to meet your desired colour-scheme aesthetic.



6. Pops of Plaid

Plaid is a pattern that just fits perfectly with the fall season and can be found in numerous different colour combinations and varieties.



7. Flannel Blankets and Stitched Quilts

Thick flannel blankets and stitched quilts bring nostalgic elements to any fall scene and can be crafted to fit whatever colour palette your heart desires.



8. Trails of Pumpkins

If you’re looking to include the colour pumpkin in your fall set-up, why not take it straight from the source itself?


By creating trails of pumpkins down steps and alongside porch railings and entryways, you can boost your colour palette with ease.



9. Cozy Seating

Cozy seating is incredibly adaptable and simple to change in order to match what colours you’re looking for.


Just layer some blankets and throw pillows of your choosing and you’ll be able to see your patio subtly transform from summer into fall.



10. Rustic Wood

Rustic wood pairs so well with neutral colours like cream and wheat.


The options for introducing rustic wood into your space are endless. Consider dining tables, matching chairs, rocking chairs, natural wood benches, and wooden decor pieces.



11. Harvest Wreaths

Harvest wreaths can be found in any decor store or you can even make them yourself to include the colours of your choice.



12. Wicker

Wicker works exceptionally well with colour choices like denim and can be brought into the fold with items as simple as wicker baskets.



13. Haybales

Haybales are a classic autumnal pick and can complete a farmhouse-style fall decor scene.



14. Gourds Galore

Gourds come in a multitude of different colours, shapes, and textures, making them very versatile in terms of fall styling.



15. Layered Rugs

Building on the cozy theme and subtle colours, layered rugs allow you to include the shades you want without overdoing it.



16. Coordinated Planters

Beautifully simple, but resolutely effective, coordinated planters in the colours you choose will act as the effortless pops of colour your patio needs to be fall ready.



17. Autumn Archway

Autumn archways can be as dramatic or understated as you like, and give you the perfect blank canvas to incorporate the right fall colours to fit your vision.


Weave in leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and corn stalks, the options are pretty much endless!



18. Paint Your Door

If you really want to make a statement that will truly transform your patio into an autumnal dream right out of a storybook, then take the plunge and paint your door.



Red door on front porch with pumpkins


Choose one of the more vibrant colour options above and balance it out with neutral-toned decor.



19. Wheelbarrow or Wagon

Classically rustic and adaptable, a wheelbarrow or wagon can serve as a vessel for additional autumn decor options like seasonal flowers, pumpkins, gourds, and more.


As well, you can even paint them the colour that would best match your chosen palette.



20. Seasonal Adirondack Chairs

Adirondack chairs are frequently associated with summer spent lounging in the sun, but they can also be a great fall decor choice for chilly evenings spent around the firepit.


Choose fall-coloured chairs to arrange on your patio during autumn, or natural wood chairs that can be transitioned into the season through matching throw pillows and blankets.




If you incorporate these fall colours and autumn design tips into your patio’s design this season, you’re sure to get compliments and stand out.


Get ready to have a magazine-style patio and enjoy the crisp autumn nights in your freshly decorated outdoor space!




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