Ideas for Outdoor Living

With summer upon us, getting your outdoor spaces looking beautiful doesn’t have to be stressful and demanding. No matter how big or small your outdoor space is, here are some helpful and simple ideas that can get you ready for some low maintenance entertaining and relaxing with family and friends!

When looking at your outdoor space, think of it as an extension of your interior living space. If you have fun and bright colors on your interior walls and décor, add accent pillows in those same colors to that comfy chaise on the patio, or introduce a bright outdoor rug. Bold blues, greens, and yellows in geometric and art deco patterns are increasingly popular. Add these styles to your outdoor seating ensemble for visual interest and a punch of color. Gather inspiration from lifestyle websites, magazines, or catalogs.

Don’t be afraid of blending colors when it comes to furniture in your outdoor space. Accent pieces and accessories can really bring the entire scheme together. For example, pick up the palette in your rug with colors in the cushions of your wicker sofa or rattan ottomans. In the past year, huge selection of fabrics have been designed to withstand all kinds of fun under the sun while maintaining their vibrant colors over time, such as those produced by Sunbrella® and others.

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your patio or staining your deck can also easily transform your space. Most high-quality paint lines offer special types of outdoor paint products that can really bring the space to life! Take a look at paint companies’ websites for the latest in popular palettes along with informative how-to videos for the Do-It-Yourselfer. This year’s popular paint colors include cool grays, crisp blues, and soft shades of white.

If you have a large yard, think of creating distinctive places for different purposes. For example, in a more secluded area of your garden, you could nestle a cozy collection of settees and ottomans for a peaceful reading and napping nook. In more open green, use oversized accessories and furniture to welcome and accommodate loads of family and friends. String a hammock under that shady oak tree and watch it become someone’s new favorite hangout. Consider positioning a set of white wicker chairs around a small table and adding some fresh flowers from your garden for a beautiful brunch spot. For larger gatherings, utilize a teak table that will withstand the elements over the years. Folding wooden chairs are easy to move around when needed and also store neatly for the winter.

If it is outdoor cooking you love, consider adding accessories or countertops in earthy hues and greens to the spaces surrounding your stainless steel appliances. Blur the boundary between inside and out by opening a window to an adjoining kitchen and setting up a fun counter bar where food and drinks get passed back and forth.

Create an irresistible outdoor space by adding a fire pit or chiminea. The warmth and glow of the fire will bring you and your guests together over good conversation and a glass of wine in the evening. Visit your local home improvement store to view their large selection of fire pits and chimineas to help you get started.

So whether your outdoor space is small or large, get out there and enjoy the warm weather knowing that you have added some special touches to your gorgeous outdoor retreat that reflects your personal lifestyle!