Adding comfort and charm to existing outdoor spaces like porches, patios, and decks can be like hanging out inside but with a breeze and a better view. Here are some design tips for to spruce up your outdoor space for that summer party.
Add a porch swing. New or old, add some pillows and soft cushion and you will be swinging in style and comfort.
Install a living wall. If you’d rather save your ground space for outdoor seating, go straight to the wall for your green features. Also think about using this space to growth herbs and vegetables for a double duty feature.
Bring in a fire pit. Whether you build it in the backyard or place a mobile one on the patio, a warm fire pit creates a cozy atmosphere all the way through fall.
Comfy Seating. If you have the space and it’s covered, set up a day bed or sofa with pillows and throws for a comfortable, living room feel.
Mix it Up. Don’t stress about matching your outdoor dining set to your seating areas. Unmatched pieces add whimsy while also allowing you to freshen the style with new additions.
Go Bold. Cushions, tablecloths, and other soft goods add color, pattern, and personality with minimal commitment and expense—just replace or recover if your tastes change.
Cap it with Green. A lush canopy can provide shade and shelter from the rain. Try a metal pergola entwined with wisteria to create the perfect green roof.
Add Some Tunes. All-weather speakers help get the party started. Choose between hardwired versions that connect to an indoor stereo system and tuck discreetly under the eaves of the house, or portable wireless speakers that sync via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet to tap stored or Internet-streamed music.