If you love spending time outside, you probably love to entertain in your outdoor living space. Your porch, patio or garden room is an essential part of your house, and you deserve to make it as beautiful and comfortable as it can be. The summer is the perfect time to spend your days lounging outside. Whether you’re perched up with a book or throwing a bash for your loved ones, your outdoor space is a part of your home, and it should feel like it.
While it might not be exactly clear what needs a transformation, you can start with a few details and keep on rolling. No matter if your projects are big or small, you can commit to fulfilling your vision for the space so that your outdoor living reaches new heights.
1. Cozy Up
One of the best ways to make your space appealing and inviting is to make sure it’s actually comfortable. Finding cozy outdoor furniture can be a great start. However, if you’re not willing to break the bank on a brand-new outdoor set, there are plenty of ways to achieve the ultimate coziness.
You could go secondhand, but if you can’t find anything that strikes your fancy, simple cushions can do wonders, and blankets or textiles can provide a soft touch. When your space is comfortable, people will flock back time and time again — and that includes you.
If you’re a family of sports fans or movie buffs, why not take the party outside? What could be better than curling up with some s’mores and a cool drink on a warm summer evening for a movie night with your closest loved ones?
If you have a safe space to mount a TV outside, you can truly make the most of your outdoor space as the focal point of your family time. There’s no reason to sit inside all summer, even if you’re spending a relaxing night in.
3. Go Green
You can give it back to the environment by making any remodels with sustainable materials. Recycled, upcycled and sustainable supplies can bring a unique touch without harming the environment. Plus, green building materials are trending in the marketplace and can boost your home’s appeal should you ever want to sell.
Materials like brick, clay and reclaimed wood bring a unique, natural look to any living space and increase the earthy appeal. The natural tones and special details will stand out, and you’ll feel good knowing your project is eco-friendly.
4. Light Up Your Life
Creative lighting solutions can take any outdoor space to the next level. While porch lights can often get the job done, decorative lighting can set the mood for a beautiful, fun living space. String lights, fairy lights and rock salt lamps can provide an ambiance and glow that makes the whole place feel warm and inviting.
You can even play with fire a bit by including a firepit, outdoor candles or tiki torches. Lighting can be fun, and it can be a part of the aesthetic, serving your space as both decoration and function.
5. Get Under Cover
The sun can feel amazing, but sitting outside catching rays all day long can leave you burnt and sweaty, especially on those sweltering summer afternoons. While you don’t have to cover everything, finding some shade options can be a start to ensuring comfort and happiness. You can invest in an awning or pergola, but you can also find a sweet set of umbrellas. If you’re looking for a more natural solution, situate your seating under a tree or other plants.
You can even add outdoor curtains and drapery if you’re looking to get lush and creative. No matter how you do it, offering a little shade will keep the sun out of your eyes and keep you hanging out in your space longer.
Make the Most of Outdoor Living at Home
Your backyard, deck or patio is much more than a place to get fresh air. It’s a place to curate your style and express yourself, just like the rest of your home. When you make your outdoor living space exactly what you want it to be, you’ll be out lounging all summer long.
About The Author: Holly Welles is a home & garden writer. She shares more advice on creating beauty in your home on her own blog, The Estate Update, and on Twitter.
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