3 ways to create a warm and inviting outdoor space this autumn

When the temperature drops drastically and the nights turn suddenly dark after 7 pm, these are the telltale signs that summer is officially over. You may think it’s time to pack up your garden furniture and retreat indoors; however, your garden or patio can become a cosy environment to embrace the crisp morning air and autumn evenings.

From a summer’s paradise to a snug hideaway, your outdoor space can transform into the perfect setting for casual lounging after dinner or social gatherings this autumn. The following garden accessories are must-haves to maximise the time you spend outdoors. 

Build a sheltered area with a pergola

Pergolas are not only practical during summer as a primary source of shade but also essential to shield you from the wind and rain. Made from quality sleek aluminium, pergolas can be free-standing and placed anywhere or used to extend from a patio door to an open garden. No matter the weather - lounge, dine and socialise under a pergola and admire your scenery bursting with rich autumnal colours. 

The Neptune Deluxe LED Pergola (available in 3m x 3m, 3m x 4m and 3m x 6m) is the latest addition to our pergola range and has already made an impact because of its impressive structure and features. With its sturdy powder-coated aluminium frame, the Neptune has weatherproof side screens that zip into the pergola legs, which provide extra protection against the rain. The pre-fitted LED lighting is a defining feature of the Neptune pergola. Choose from an array of colours to create a relaxed or lively atmosphere. 

Turn up the heat with fire pits and heaters

The easiest way to make the most of outdoor living is through fire pits and heaters. Stylish and functional, fire pits and heaters come into full action during the colder months. Available in a variety of shapes and materials, gas-operated accessories are suitable for every outdoor space and occasion. Keep the party going for longer, and ignite your fire pit or heater. Sit back and unwind, comforted by the warmth of the fire. 

The Charley Aluminium Fire Pit is a great choice to stay warm and cosy. Pair with an aluminium or fabric sofa set as a centrepiece for the ultimate outdoor set-up. Gather your friends and family around the fire pit and make lasting memories. With an elegant design and wind guard surround, the Gas Fire Column Heater is an impressionable outdoor accessory. The wheels allow you to adjust the position of the heater, so there are no restrictions to enjoying outdoor life to the fullest. 

Outdoor lighting to set the mood

Along with cold spells, dark mornings and afternoons make their yearly appearance. Outdoor lighting is an instant fix to enhance the look and feel of a garden or patio. From dull and gloomy to homely and enticing within minutes, outdoor lighting will add character to outdoor spaces. String, mood and wall lights can be installed or placed in various ways, giving you free rein with design and layout.

The Solar Festoon Lights - Set of 10 are not only a decorative accessory but useful to illuminate your space. Perfect for parties or all-year-round use, each set features vintage-effect LED bulbs. The festoon lights will allure you to spend every evening outdoors. If you fancy something different, add a whimsical touch with the Solar Mushroom Lights - Set of 12. These tiny yet effective lights emit a beautiful warm white glow that will gleam in the dark.