As we head into the summer months, many of us turn our attention outdoors! What better place to enjoy a personal oasis than your own backyard. I have been collecting images to share with you of some usual ideas and inspirational tips. If you have a ho-hum deck or patio, why not take advantage of the space you already have.
Gone are the days of boring plastic chairs and matching tables; there are a wide array of products available that combine style and versatility in creating an outdoor living space that is weather resistant:
8 Ideas to Jazz up Your Outdoor Living Space
Consider rearranging pieces into 1 , 2 or 3 different conversational groupings that invite guests to linger. This might include a café table for 2 in one area and cushioned, comfortable seating in another area.
- Don’t forget the floor. If you have an existing wood surface, consider painting it in a different color to freshen things up. Also, a good outdoor area rug is a great way to anchor a conversational grouping. Slate or stone tiles for a veranda are another great looking surface.
- Look for weather resistant materials such as teak, synthetic wicker and powder coated metal pieces for furniture and polypropylene based area rugs. There are also many fabrics intended specifically for outdoor use.
- Mix up materials. Introduce a ceramic garden stool as an accent table in combination with a synthetic wicker and comfortable cushions.
- Paint can go a long way in freshening up a few existing pieces. If you have a white wicker set in good condition, a new coat of paint can give it a more current look.
- Introduce colorful lanterns or a string of party lights for special occasions. Citronella burning torches and lamps can help keep the bugs at bay as well as help to create an inviting environment.
- Create a beverage station near the grill for self service during parties. This can be a tall , free standing cooler or iron bin.
- Floor to ceiling drapery panels in an outdoor fabric can provide privacy and intimacy to an otherwise exposed area.
- Accessorize with colorful containers and strategically placed plants and flowers that are appropriate for the sun exposure.
Keep in mind, that the outdoor living space is an extension of your indoor areas. Some common choices in colors and style will help to create a smooth transition from one area to the other.
And if you are feeling more adventurous…. check out the image below ! Now, this is taking outdoor living to the extreme.