Outdoor Design Ideas
Outdoor living is a joy that extends the walls of a home and the sense of well-being. Learn how to make your outdoor space your personal paradise and enjoy it all season long.
Whether your outdoor space is a porch, small balcony deck, garden or generous yard, the outdoor space should enhance the comfort and ease that goes with an outdoor lifestyle. Whether you live in a warm climate, where you can enjoy your outdoor space all year long, or your outdoor space is just for summer fun, we’ll show you how to make the most of outdoor living.
Key Considerations for Outdoor Decorating
Before you start shopping for your outdoor space, there are few key considerations you should mull over. First things first: the location and setting of your outdoor space will influence how you want to decorate. Think about the setting of your house and any views you enjoy. You’ll definitely want to orient your outdoor furniture toward that view. Focal points for an outdoor space could be a tree, view of the sea, outdoor fireplace, swimming pool, statue or the furniture itself. Consider the placement of your outdoor space in relation to the house, as well. Will you see your outdoor space from the indoors? If so, consider how you want its style to be juxtaposed with your indoor decor. Think, too, about when the sun hits the area and for how long. You’ll want to ensure there’s enough shade during the warmest hours of the day; pick up an outdoor umbrella if needed.
Consider all the ways you will want to use the space, including your outdoor entertaining space. If casual entertaining is your thing, an outdoor sofa and chairs may do the trick. If you love to cook and host al fresco meals, an outdoor dining table is key. What other activities do you enjoy outdoors? Do you have a pool or a firepit? You may want to create a few different distinct outdoor living areas.
Outdoor Space Planning Tips
You’ll want to create different zones for your outdoor space: Think dining, entertaining, relaxing, pool or sun time, and outdoor media or viewing areas.
When planning your layout, start with the foundational piece of outdoor furniture such as the sofa/sectional or dining table. Sectional sofas can really define an outdoor zone, allow for more seating and are ideal for creating a space conducive to conversation. Then, layer in the secondary pieces such as coffee/side tables or a bar and chairs, and finally, add accent pieces like drum tables and outdoor lighting such as hurricanes and lanterns.
Define each zone of your outdoor space with an outdoor rug; These are available in vibrant colors and bold patterns that will create your space. It’s worth investing in a quality piece that can withstand unexpected weather and sun exposure. If you have a pergola or a patio with an overhang, outdoor drapes are also beautiful accents that will help to define zones.