Well-decorated outdoor spaces lend comfort and beauty that you can enjoy all year round. Whether it’s blooming flowers in spring or falling leaves in autumn, updating your décor when seasons change is a great way to reflect the shift in nature. In this article, we share outdoor decoration ideas to make your al fresco areas cozy and inviting for every season.
Spring doesn’t just mean blossoming flowers and warmer days. For some, it’s also the perfect time to host gatherings for friends after a long winter. From casual get-togethers to sophisticated celebrations, here are helpful outdoor entertaining tips and spring garden decoration ideas.
Artificial flowers let you surround yourself with nature’s beauty all year long. Dress up your al fresco areas with florals in soft, pastel colors. Use shades that match or complement your exterior furnishings for a cohesive look. To make their beauty last longer, we recommend displaying them for up to three months a year.SHOP OUTDOOR VIBRANT SUMMER BLOOM FOLIAGE »
Hosting an Easter brunch? Spruce up your buffet and dining tables with floral arrangements or a FLOWER WREATH as a centerpiece. Use napkins or placemats in the same color scheme to tie the look together. For spring nuptials, browse our WEDDING ACCENTS to create a stunning background for your special day.SHOP AMETHYST GARDEN FOLIAGE »
Remind guests of refreshing memories with fruity and floral spring SCENTS. Infuse the air with the delightful aroma of rose petals, sweet magnolias, or citrus and parsley. Our premium fragrance oils are available as a set of three 0.5 oz. bottles. Use them with our SCENTS OF THE SEASON™ FRAGRANCE MACHINE to set the mood for your gatherings.SHOP SPRING SCENTS OF THE SEASON CARTRIDGES SET »
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Sunny days are perfect for spending time outside making memories. Whether you’re hosting brunch or roasting marshmallows on your outdoor fire pit, here are helpful outdoor summer decorating ideas.
Catch up with friends and family while relaxing on cushioned seats. You can also layer pillows on the ground and around a low table where everyone can lounge. Swap out your heavier textiles like blankets and throws for pieces made from lighter materials such as cotton or linen.SHOP OUTDOOR SUNRISE DAHLIA FOLIAGE »
Choose brighter yellows, oranges, and blues to make your al fresco areas more vibrant and summery. If you prefer a softer look, use pastel shades such as lilacs and pinks mixed in with white items. This way, the little pops of color will serve as an accent rather than a primary color.SHOP OUTDOOR SUMMER BREEZE FOLIAGE »
Keep summer outdoor celebrations going until nighttime with flameless CANDLES on dining tables and LANTERNS on patio steps. Use waterfall lights to illuminate wider spaces and pathway lights to brighten up walkways. You can also tuck light strings into a lantern or set them around a smokeless fire pit to create a charming scene.SHOP HELLO SUNSHINE FOLIAGE »
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Make the most of the autumn weather by entertaining guests on your porch, patio, or backyard. With just a few outdoor fall décor pieces to accentuate your furniture, you can create an al fresco setting that will inspire unforgettable moments.
Usher in the harvest season with colorful wreaths, garlands, and potted arrangements. Use different foliage in complementing colors to create visual interest. Another good decorative front porch idea is to dress up your entryway with the same type of foliage for a uniform look.SHOP OUTDOOR HARVEST BLOOM FOLIAGE »
If your chairs are made of wood or steel, use cushions for comfort then lay down some pillows and throws. Set up a basket of blankets to keep everyone warm on chilly nights. Arrange candles or lanterns in different heights and set them on tabletops or steps to add a warm glow to the space.SHOP LODGE FAUX FUR THROW »
The right fragrances play a big part in creating the perfect atmosphere for your gatherings. Take a cue from nature and fill your spaces with the best autumn aromas like pumpkin spice, freshly harvested apples, woodsy notes, and warm cinnamon.SHOP FALL SCENTS OF THE SEASON CARTRIDGES SET »
Celebrate the many holidays throughout fall without having to constantly change your décor. PUMPKINS are autumn staples that also work for HALLOWEEN and THANKSGIVING. Set them on your outdoor dining table along with fall greenery and candles to set the mood.SHOP LIT CUT-OUT PUMPKINS »
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OUTDOOR HALLOWEEN DECORATING IDEAS
Decorating outdoors for Christmas is a wonderful way to spread cheer to visiting guests and passers-by. Here are ways to add merriment to your exterior lounge areas, including some outdoor Christmas light ideas.
Hang outdoor Christmas WREATHS and GARLANDS on your doors and window frames. Complete the look with SWAGS AND HANGING BASKETS along with a pair of topiaries flanking both sides of the door. If you have enough space, you can also display an outdoor-safe Christmas tree as the focal point of your porch or backyard décor.SHOP OUTDOOR MAGNOLIA RIDGE FOLIAGE »
A beautiful patio string light idea is to frame doors or wrap columns with LED lights. You can also hang them from the ceiling along with artificial greenery to add holiday cheer to the space. Place lanterns and lighted outdoor decorations like life-size holiday figures or Christmas silhouette lights on porch steps.SHOP OUTDOOR WINTRY WONDER FRIENDS »
CANDLES create a dramatic effect to any setting, whether they’re pillars, votives, or tealights. Group several together and display them on side tables or place them in lanterns and set them on your porch and patio steps. If you’re hosting a dinner party outdoors, they’re a great way to add light and movement to the table.SHOP MERCURY GLASS TREE SCENTED CANDLES »
If the weather permits, the back patio is a lovely spot for entertaining people. Use a decorated garland as your centerpiece then add candles of varying heights to add dimension to your table setting. Set your themed TABLEWARE and finish with a handwritten place card or party favor for a personal touch.SHOP MONOGRAMMED ACACIA WOODEN SERVING TRAYS »
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below we answer more of your questions on seasonal outdoor decorating.
HOW DO YOU DECORATE OUTDOOR STRING LIGHTS?
Wrap OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS around trees and greenery. If you’re hanging light strings on the roof, use a tape measure to know the length of the section first. For a cascading light effect, make sure there are even spaces between light string placements then secure lights using hooks or window clips.
HOW DO YOU DECORATE OUTDOORS?
When decorating outdoors, follow your interior theme to make everything seamless. Another idea is to have a few staple pieces up all year round. For example, an undecorated WREATH or TOPIARY can be embellished with accents according to the season. LIGHTS and candles can also be used in any season. Suspend the lights from your roof gutters or wrap them around greenery to brighten up spaces at night
WHERE TO GET OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Balsam Hill’s selection of outdoor-safe Christmas décor is perfect for creating a warm welcome. We have a wide array of seasonal pieces, from HOLIDAY GREENERY and YARD DECORATIONS to OUTDOOR LIGHTING OPTIONS.
Give guests a warm welcome no matter the it is. With these outdoor decoration ideas, you’re well on your way to having the most inviting house in the neighborhood.
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