When the temperatures are finally somewhere between balmy and hot, you know where to find me. I'm on my deck laying out the outdoor rug, wiping down the patio dining set and setting up the chairs. Dinner is al fresca tonight!
Whether you have a front porch, patio, balcony, deck, backyard or all of the above (jealous), your outdoor spaces are a welcome extension of your indoor living area when the weather gets warm.
Here are five outdoor decor ideas to get your design juices flowing:
1. Create an inviting seating area
Make yourself comfy with chairs, benches, couches and accent tables for easy drinking, eating and relaxing. Throw pillows are a great way to add a pop of color and style, plus they're super easy to swap out each season for a fresh change. While you're at it, considering centering the party around a cozy backyard fire pit. Perfect for embracing cooler nights that call for some s'mores action.
Pro tip: House Beautiful suggests investing in versatile patio dining sets that you can easily move around and push together when you have lots of guests over. And be sure to get outdoor pillows and weather-resistant furniture so the rust and mold don't show up mere days after you finish decorating.
2. Shade your spaces
If you're working with an open backyard or pool area, consider installing a patio umbrella, awning, canopy or gazebo for comfortable outdoor living on super sunny days. Outdoor fans are also key for that much-needed cool breeze of relief from the heat.
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3. Set up the mood lighting
Who says the outdoor party is over when the sun goes down? Hang up some string lights, some citronella candles and garden torches and you're good to go.
4. Toast to an outdoor bar
Set up an outdoor bar for a stylish and effortless entertaining hub. It doesn't have to be too fancy - Outdoor Living suggests creating a DIY storage unit to house drinks, snacks and other provisions. But if you have the room and budget to build a full outdoor kitchen … why not?
5. Add the accent pieces
According to Better Homes & Gardens, small accents like sculptures, water features or interesting flea-market finds, are the best way to create intriguing visual appeal in your outdoor spaces. Of course, plants, flowers and other greenery are natural accents for an outdoor living space. Get creative with the pots and planters to add additional pops of colors, patterns and distinctive style.
With the fun of decorating your outdoor spaces comes the necessity of working your way down your spring and summer maintenance lists. You know the drill: Clean out the gutters, refresh the landscaping, prep your cooling unit and so on. Trust me, you'll be happy to have outdoor spaces that are just as functional as they are good-looking.
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