Outdoor Space Refresh

Summer months are just around the corner and we’re all ready to enjoy some nice outdoor weather – especially since we’ve all been “extra” confined lately. If you’d like to create an outdoor space that you’ll be proud to host your friends and family in, read on for our top design tips.

Start with the right furniture…

What you’ll sit or lounge on can be the foundation of your outdoor space. Whether you opt for durable cushioned pieces (made with weather proof outdoor material) or a more traditional table and chair set up, you can build the rest of your outdoor decor around these foundation pieces. Choose furniture that fits your lifestyle – do you do more entertaining or lounging? Do you have the space to store whatever you choose when the winter months arrive? Do you like to change your style each season? Consider these types of questions when choosing your outdoor furniture.

Outdoor area rugs can ground a space…

An outdoor area rug can add visual appeal to your space. It can also give your space a cozier vibe and feels a little nicer on bare feet than your deck or patio. There are specific area rugs that are designed for outdoor spaces – they’re very durable and can easily be swept clean, or hosed off if they get too dirty.

Outdoor lighting for brighter evenings…

Today’s outdoor lighting options come in a variety of styles and power sources. Having new lighting hard wired into your outdoor space isn’t necessary thanks to the number of plug-in and solar options. String lights come in a number of styles and remain a popular choice. There are also outdoor pendant lights, ground level landscaping options, as well as taller “torch style” lights that can enhance your space after dark.

Outdoor curtains can give you your own cabana…

If you want a “beachy” vibe, outdoor curtains can help you create a cabana style space. Curtains can also give a little extra privacy if that’s what you’re looking for. You can get creative with hardware, depending on the space that you’re using them in, but you’ll want to have some sort of tie back option for windy days, or when they’re not in use. Make sure that you are only using curtains specifically made for outdoor use, otherwise mold and mildew can be a problem.

Don’t forget the greenery…

Nothing brightens up your outdoor space like plants. Whether you have built in planters or opt for temporary containers, filling them with your choice of plants will add the finishing touch that your space needs. Make sure you choose plants that suit your space. Take into account how much direct sunlight the area gets, or if it’s mostly shaded, etc. If you are not a “green thumb”, your local garden center should be able to help you choose the right plants for your space. You can also try a mix of plantings – some larger ground planters with some smaller hanging or table top ones as accents. Play around with it and have fun – you can even grow some fresh veggies on your deck or patio.

Add some optional accents…

If you need some artificial shade, don’t forget to add an umbrella or awning that can be used when needed. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you can opt for a permanent installation of awnings or a pergola, but there are temporary options that can easily be stored during the winter months. If you have the space for it, a fire pit can also be a nice touch. These come in both temporary and permanent options, just make sure you take all necessary safety precautions when using them. Fire pits can be a great addition since they will also help you transition into cooler fall nights, making sure you get the most out of your outdoor space.