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11 Charming Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas

Looking for ways to spruce up your outdoor living spaces for fall? Wait until you see how I decorated the deck for autumn! Here are 11 outdoor fall decorating ideas.

Living in New Jersey, we get to experience the beauty of all seasons.

We watch our landscapes green up and bloom.

Enjoy our outdoor living spaces in the warmer months.

And get to see the foliage change before winter arrives.

Since I live in the northeast, it gets cold here pretty quickly in October.

So I want to enjoy our outdoor living spaces as much as possible before we go indoors for the winter.

Wait until you see these charming fall outdoor decorating ideas!

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Thanks to my good friend Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction for hosting the World of Octobers Outdoor Fall Tour where I’m joining 10 talented home decor bloggers to share some outdoor fall decorating ideas and inspiration.

So be sure to check out all the outdoor decorating ideas for fall inspiration at the end of this post!

And if you stopped by from my good friend Coco from The Crowned Goat welcome to my home and garden. Isn’t her home amazing? I love all of her DIYs!

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas for the front yard with fall garden flowers in front of a center hall colonial

Outdoor Decorating Ideas for Fall

So how do you decorate an outdoor living space for fall?

Add some cozy pillows and throw blankets, mood lighting with twinkle lights, candles and lanterns, a beautiful rustic wreath for the front door, fall garden flowers, pumpkins and gourds.

Choose a beautiful autumn color palette and tuck in some plaids to make it feel even more festive and cozy.

close up of whiskey barrel planter with fall garden flowers such as garden mums, celosia, pansies and millet -how my cottage garden flowers grew in 2021 fall planter

When Should I Decorate for Fall Outdoors?

While you can start as early as August or September, I prefer to let nature dictate the best time. Which for me, the best time to start outdoor fall decorating is when the temperatures cool down a little bit.

And the reason for that is pumpkins, gourds, and garden mums won’t last long in hot, sticky temperatures.

So I typically decorate inside first, and then slowly transition my outdoor living spaces as we move more into fall.

Since I enjoy decorating my outdoor planters for fall, I hold off planting them until nurseries get their autumn stock out for sale and I won’t need to care for them as I do in the summer.

Because summer container garden care can be a lot of work with the summer heat!

best fall garden flowers with dahlias and sedum autumn joy in front of front porch steps with black front door, hydrangea wreath, outdoor planters with fall flowers and pumpkins and gourds

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas for the Deck

One of my favorite backyard living spaces to hang out is our deck. We call it the outdoor oasis.

And this year, I decorated the deck for fall.

After getting rid of some tired summer annuals and adding some fresh flowers, pumpkins, and fall decor, it feels so cozy now.

Here’s how I decorated the deck for autumn.

Outdoor Fall Decor on the deck with garden mums, fall garden flowers, pumpkins and gourds with outdoor wicker chairs, farmhouse table, outdoor area rug under gazebo

Outdoor Planters and Fall Garden Flowers

Because the season won’t last long here before winter temperatures arrive, I spruced up some planters that were not looking good anymore with the best fall garden flowers such as garden mums, pansies, and millet and tucked in a few pumpkins.

Since we covered the dining area on our deck with a gazebo like this, I used faux plants and pumpkins for the centerpiece.

I didn’t want to risk real pumpkins rotting on my farmhouse table, so I opted for faux everything here to keep it simple.

And the best part?

I don’t have to care for it at all. It is set-and-forget.

Outdoor fall table decor idea with faux plants and pumpkins on farmhouse table

Outdoor Area Rug

One of the things I get asked about all the time is this outdoor area rug.

I bought it last year and love it so much I bought a second one for the lower deck.

I love the vintage look, it’s held up really well outdoors, and anchors the outdoor dining space.

If you wanted, you could even add an outdoor area rug with fall colors to ramp up an autumn color palette.

I opted to stay neutral and go with with the outdoor area rug I’ve been using all season.

outdoor decorating ideas for fall with plaid blanket, garden mums, pumpkins and gourds with outdoor wicker chairs and farmhouse table on outdoor area rug under gazebo

Outdoor Living Space Furniture

I also get asked about the table and chairs alot too.

This table was a thrift store find that I found on Facebook Marketplace. I’m sure it was someone’s dining table at some point, but for $50, I was able to get a farmhouse style look on the deck for a song.

And because we have the gazebo covering the table, it lasted in the elements. I did protect it a little by lightly sanding it down and then doing a coat of clear outdoor stain on the top and white stain on the legs.

Can we we all just appreciate the chairs for a moment? I love these. I bought them from Pier 1 years when they still had a storefront and have not been able to find something similar since.

These chairs are super comfortable because they have a nice wide flat back with a comfortable give.

The cushions are an off white outdoor chair cushion that I hesitated to buy because they are white and would stain easily.

I’ve had them for a few years now, clean them regularly, and they’ve remained in pretty shape.

Outdoor decorating ideas for fall with pumpkins, gourds, houseplants, and fall garden flowers and garden mums with farmhouse table, wicker chairs and outdoor area rug under a gazebo

Houseplants for the Win

I keep all of my houseplants out here until close to the first frost. They love the warmer months spent outdoors and thrive from the extra light.

Because late September/early October can get cold pretty quickly, I keep an eye on the weather to watch for thirty-degree temps.

When the nights start dipping to the mid-upper thirties, I start moving my houseplants back inside for the winter.

If you’ve got houseplants that you keep indoors year round, bring them outside for a few months. The time outdoors helps them tremendously during those long winter months.

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas with wicker chairs and farmhouse table under gazebo with fall garden flowers, garden mums, pumpkins and gourds
Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas on the deck with wicker chairs, garden mums, fall flowers and cozy fall decor

Tuck in More Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas

In addition to the deck, have you seen the outdoor fall decor on my front porch? I love how that turned out.

It’s mostly plants and flowers, but once you add those pumpkins and gourds, it truly has the fall feels.

And while repotting my houseplants, I added a few pumpkins, garden mums, and pansies to my potting bench.

As an aside, my husband made this bench for me for Mother’s Day from wood pallet and scrap wood we had laying around.

I use it all the time to pot up my plants, but I also enjoy decorating it for the season.

Potting bench with potted plants, mums, and pumpkins with potting shed signWhy You Need a Potting Bench

Fall Garden – What to Plant?

Before it gets really cold here, I’ll plant all of the pansies in the borders because you can get two seasons out of them.

Pansies are not fans of the heat. So if you plant them in fall they will overwinter and bounce back in spring.

They are not fans of scorching summer temps, so they’ll get leggy and finish up next summer.

Thus, I always plant them in the fall so I can enjoy them in both fall and spring.

Close up of hydrangea paniculata in fall garden -How to Propagate Hydrangeas in 7 Easy Steps

And you might be thinking, why don’t you plant the garden mums too?

I don’t go out of my way to plant them because they don’t always come back, so it’s not worth the effort to me.

Instead, I include garden mums with intention when decorating for fall. And my intention is not to incorporate them into my borders where they’ll take up extra space and potentially not come back. I’ve done it too many times and it’s just not worth it.

I’d rather plant these plants that are high performers, easy-care, look gorgeous and give you more bang for your buck.

Thanks so much for stopping by my home today!

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Check out their beautiful homes below to see more outdoor fall decor inspiration.

Be sure and stop by my good friend Kelly’s at The Tattered Pew who is the next stop on the World of Octobers Tour!

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