This time of year brings about lots of change. Things that seem appropriate in summer months—tank tops, green leaves and brightly colored decor—feel out of place during the winter season. Just like you'd winterize your wardrobe or house for the cold nights ahead, why not take a moment to transition your patio decor? Though barbecue weather is certainly behind us, you can cozy up your outdoor space with just a few extras from around your home.
1. Lay Down a Plush Rug
First thing's first: You don't want to step outside onto a cold, hard floor. Cushion the blow with a fluffy rug. I love seeing IKEA's faux sheepskin layered on the floor or in the seat of a chair. You'll probably need to bring it in away from the elements, but at $9.99, it's easy enough to replace as needed.
2. Light it Up with Candles
The next best thing to an outdoor fireplace, trade the patio light for candles or lanterns when you're entertaining outdoors. Bonus points for scoring scented candles with romantic winter scents like pine, roasted chestnuts or cranberry.
3. Toss in a Blanket or Throw
When it comes to creating a cozy vibe, it's all about textiles, textiles, textiles. Drape a throw over a chair or bench. Actually, drape two. And add a pile of pillows. When you head outside to sip on a hot chocolate, you'll be happy to bury yourself under a thousand knitted blankets.
How do you make your outdoor space welcoming when it's chilly?