Throughout the year most people think about interior design such as changing the color on their walls or the theme of their living room, but during summer outdoor living spaces are the main focus of decorating and design. Creating gorgeous outdoor living and entertaining spaces is perhaps the fastest growing trend in home design, and it’s no surprise why — anything you can do to increase the livable areas of your home and enjoy more of your property is a beneficial upgrade that can also add resale value to your home. Whether you are updating your decking or patio or simply updating your outdoor decor, here are some tips to get you started. *This post contains affiliate links.
Now that fall is here, it isn’t too late to start improving your outdoor living space so you can take full advantage of it for the rest of the season. Specifically, you can still order furniture to make your patio, deck, or back yard a more comfortable zone. Here are a few excellent outdoor furnishing ideas to help you cultivate a cozy and creative space.
Inside — Outside
Especially in areas where the climate permits outdoor enjoyment for much of the year, it’s incredibly on-trend to style your outdoor entertaining spaces as if they were indoor entertaining spaces. For instance, if you have the patio or deck space, you might compile a full outdoor kitchen, replete with built-in grill, sink and refrigerator. However, since winter will soon be here and you are already short on time, you should could simply start by creating an outdoor living room, where you can keep your guests comfortable in style.
As long as you have an adequate covering for your entertaining space, you don’t have to be limited to weather-proof, outdoor furniture because your space will be protected from harsh sunlight, precipitation, birds and other ill-effects of the outdoors.
If you are really pressed for time you might even invest in flat pack furniture and hire a Houston furniture assembly service to set it up in a snap. When choosing outdoor furniture, consider the rest of your home as a furniture-buying guide to ensure your outdoor entertaining spaces flow with the style of other entertaining rooms in your home.
While minimalism might be waning in appeal for indoor spaces, it could not be more en-vogue for the backyard. Zen minimalism is a design style based upon the Japanese philosophy of mindfulness and intuition; Zen requires a strict environment to encourage mindfulness and awareness. Even if you don’t practice regular meditation, you might still enjoy a relaxing, simplified outdoor space.
To style a minimalist backyard, invest in modest furniture with straightforward lines and neutral colors. With this design you should be generous with the use of texture, and you should also feel comfortable inviting the greenery of your yard into your entertaining space using containers bursting with life. Avoid adding clutter, instead focusing on the functional items in the space, like seating. For a striking outdoor space with authentic zen appeal, you might also remodel your yard to mimic traditional Zen gardens, using landscape features like stones and ponds.
For all seasons, there’s definitely an appeal for jacuzzi, or hot tub, whether that’s to keep warm during the fall and winter or to enjoy on warmer summer evenings. It can also be a great feature when you have guests over and want to entertain. When searching for a jacuzzi, make sure that you size up the one you want with what space is available. You also want to ensure that all the necessary electrical points are available and that it’s easy enough to maintain and keep clean. Don’t forget the extra jacuzzi parts that you might need in order to keep it functioning properly.
If a sedate Zen garden isn’t your style, you might want to look into giving your entertaining space a party atmosphere. This design strategy is most effective when you have a large entertaining space which will fit a more substantial group of guests. Then, you can fill that space with the comforts and amenities a party needs.
To start, it’s wise to invest in a significant amount of seating; in this case, benches might be ideal because they are inviting and generous.
Lighting is also valuable for a party yard; in addition to sufficient illumination in spaces where people will congregate and walk, you might add decorative lights, like the characteristic summer tiki torch or custom neon signs, which are incredibly trendy and fun.
Lights on the top of deck can also highlight it’s shape and design. You can also position them along walkways to illuminate the path. If you plan to do a lot of entertaining, you also equip your space with activities to keep your party goers engaged, such as a sound system for music or yard games like corn hole and croquet. These activities keep the party vibe going strong!
If you don’t get around to designing the outdoor entertaining area of your dreams this fall, it’s not a bad idea to make a list of larger outdoor renovation and landscaping projects you want to tackle for next year. You can always start now, and there is still plenty of great weather to work throughout the fall to reshape your yard into the entertaining haven of your dreams for next summer. For now, you can focus on the basic elements such as the furniture. As long as you know what you want from your outdoor space, you will surely find the perfect furniture to suit your needs and your design style.
Is your patio or outdoor entertaining space ready for summer? I love hearing from you dear readers!
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