Baby, it may be cold outside – but that doesn’t mean we have to forgo a breath of fresh air all winter. Whether your outdoor oasis is currently a petite (and frosty) balcony or you’ve got a big, snow-covered backyard space, now is the perfect time to warm up your winter porch decor. From unique patio heaters to cozy cold-weather accessories, these patio essentials are perfect for winter outdoor gatherings at home.
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Bring the Heat
If you’re spending your holiday season at home this year, you’ll want to make the most of every bit of space you have. Patio heaters can be an investment, but they can be a great way to make outdoor areas warm and cozy. If your home has a covered balcony or patio, a waterproof, weather-resistant, ceiling-mounted outdoor heater warms up the space quickly from above. Simple Deluxe Ceiling-Mounted Outdoor Heater, Amazon, $190.
A little glow goes a long way – especially during the winter months when your patio is dark more often than not. A string (or a few) of warm white outdoor lights adds practical lighting and cozy ambiance to your patio or balcony on wintery afternoons. Even better? Choosing outdoor lights in a neutral tone ensures you can use them all year long. Two Pack Outdoor String Lights, Amazon, $68.
Cozy Seating for Cold Weather
While we often think about outdoor furniture when it comes to summer staycations, it’s even more important to have a comfy place to sit if you want to enjoy your outdoor space in the wintertime (after all: you’re less likely to sprawl out on your lawn in January). Opt for a comfy outdoor sectional to cuddle up on on clear days – but be sure to choose a design with easy-to-clean cushions that you can take inside should a blizzard strike. Venice 6-Piece Classic Outdoor Wicker Sectional Sofa, Amazon, $1,615.
A Rocking Seat
can be cozy wintertime spots with some lounge-ready outdoor furniture. If there isn’t enough room for an outdoor couch, consider a comfortable, easy-to-clean rocking chair instead. Outdoor Rocking Chair, Amazon, $200.
Throw on a Throw
One of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to transform your summer patio set-up into a cozy winter wonderland is with some soft, plush throw blankets (for style points, choose throws and pillows in Pantone shades of yellow or grey). Stock up on a few machine-washable throws and store them near the door so you’re always ready to cozy up with a blanket and a warm mug of hot chocolate on a clear, chilly day. Eddie Bauer Red Sherpa Plush Throw, Amazon, $43.
Clean Soles, Warm Hearts, Can’t Lose
Don’t forget about winter porch decor that’s practical and pretty. A doormat in a wintery motif dresses up your back patio – while also helping keep wet, snowy boots from tracking mess into your home. Want more winter decorating ideas? Here’s some stylish inspo, based on your zodiac sign. Elrene Home Fashions Plaid Doormat, Amazon, $33.
Oh Winter Tree, Oh Winter Tree
‘Tis the season for Christmas trees, but green pines aren’t your only option, especially when it comes to winter porch decor. Lighted trees – like this wintery indoor-outdoor design – are a great way to add season-spanning style and functional light to your outdoor space. Cherry Blossom 144 Light Lighted Tree, Wayfair, $96.
Think plant life is for the sunny season only? Think again! While most plants need spring and summer sunlight to thrive, there are some plants that will stand up to cold weather and wintery conditions (here are a few examples of plants that will flower in winter). Set up a couple of winter outdoor plants on your patio in pretty metallic planters for a cheerful natural finish – and then plant something else in them in the spring for year-round green goodness. Roni Brass Planters (Set of 2), Indigo, $143.
Fake it ‘Til You Make it (to Spring)
If keeping patio plants alive during the winter isn’t your thing, you can still have a little greenery on your balcony with the help of an artfully arranged (artificial) hanging basket. Choose arrangements that suit the season (like this faux-pine beauty) to help your outdoor decor look more realistic. Not sure how to hang your new winter decor? You can make or buy one of these hanging planters for under $75. Glittery Bristle Pine Hanging Basket, Amazon, $79.
Keep it Covered
Once you’ve made your patio a winter wonderland, be sure to keep it all in great condition for year after year of chilly patio enjoyment. Outdoor furniture covers are always a smart idea, but they’re especially important over the winter months. When you aren’t lounging, weather-resistant or waterproof patio furniture covers can help preserve your outdoor items. ESSORT Outdoor Furniture Cover, Amazon, $60.