Ways to Transform Your Outdoor Living Area

A common investment for homeowners is creating more comfortable outdoor living spaces that serve as an extension of their homes. Rather than just throwing a few rickety chairs out on a concrete patio, you can put some greater effort into how you will decorate the space to enjoy more functionality.

Here are a few tips for how to decorate your outdoor space with furniture and other amenities:

  • Have a clearly established living space: If you have an actual plan for where your living space will be located, and clearly mark out that area, it makes it so much easier to decorate. You might create an artificially walled-off area by placing plants around the patio. You could also mark off an area of your yard, or find a centerpiece you want to work with, such as a patio table or a fire pit.
  • Consider your interior décor: To make your outdoor living area feel like an extension of your home’s interior, you can dress it up with furniture and accessories that complement your indoor style. Consider the colors and patterns of cushions or woven rugs and the other design themes you have going on inside, and try to mimic them outdoors.
  • Consider your use: What do you intend to use your outdoor living areas for? Some people use their outdoor spaces primarily for eating, others for conversation, others for sitting around a fire. Pick furniture that best suits your needs. Make sure anything you purchase is washable and weather resistant. Small, movable tables and trays can help add some functionality for when you have a lot of guests.
  • Focus on lighting: Lighting features can really transform your outdoor living spaces. Path markers and solar stake lights can light up pathways or the areas surrounding your outdoor living space. You can use landscape lighting to put a spotlight on certain landscaping or architectural features. Just make sure you don’t overdo the lights or make anything too dramatic, as that could potentially look tacky.
  • Bring in water: Water features can add a relaxing element to your outdoor living area, and also be an aesthetic improvement. Small fountains or areas with flowing water can really help liven up the space and make it that much more enjoyable for relaxing in.
  • Find your focal point: We previously touched on the idea of creating a focal point to plan around. Examples of good focal points include dining tables, planters, trees, fireplaces and fire pits. Think of things people would naturally gather around, or features that really show off the attractiveness of your property.
  • Provide some shade: Consider adding pergolas, gazebos, umbrellas, trees or anything else that might provide you with a bit of shade so you don’t have to worry about the sun beating down on you all day. A little bit of covering may even protect you from the elements if it rains.

For more ways to set up your furniture outside, as well as suggestions on pieces that might be ideal for your outdoor space, contact the team at Orangeburg Furniture Exchange today.