Outdoor Decorating Guide
Creating an outdoor space that is inviting and relaxing adds valuable space to your home. As the weather warms up, spending more time outside in a space that you enjoy can become a favorite family activity. Furnishing an outdoor room starts with asking a few questions. Will you be using your room for entertaining, relaxing or dining? Is the space sunny, shady, windy, etc.? Do you need waterproof and sun-resistant fabrics?
Outdoor rooms and entertaining spaces often include these elements:
- Food preparation or grilling island area with socializing close to the cooking area
- Dining area including benches, pub chairs at an island or tables
- Socializing area featuring casual seating or doubling up with dining area
- Lighting utilizing task and ambient lighting, such as ground lighting - outdoor lighting >>
- Entertainment elements such as a fireplace (doubling as zone heating), firepits, infrared heaters, marine-grade stereo systems (often built into the grill island), TV, spa or pool
Comfortable furniture covered in weather-resistant fabric is the starting point. Throw pillows can add instant charm and echo the surrounding flowers or bring a touch of whimsy to any space. Add a few pillows to your porch swing for a splash of fun and comfort. Flea market finds can be dressed up with spray paint and slipcovers. If you have a sunroom or other enclosed space, just sprucing up and adding a few new plants, fabrics and accessories can really brighten things up.
A cozy firepit or fireplace is a great addition which can extend the season of your outdoor room by several months. Create privacy and block uv rays and sunlight with outdoor roller shades and weather-resistant curtains and curtain rods. Investing in a set of beautiful planters is smart as well. Concrete slabs can be painted with outdoor paint, stamped to resemble flagstone or brick or completely recovered with stone pavers.
Outdoor kitchens, great rooms and patios extend the living space and come in at a fraction of the cost, in many cases, to finished interior spaces. As nights are longer and the weather is warmer, creating an outdoor space that allows you to entertain, to spend time with your family or just to unwind after a long day is a great way to expand your overall living area.
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