Outdoor patios, gardens and backyards were once sometimes barren wastelands that housed maybe an outdoor chair or two, but nothing more. Today, outdoor space is becoming like another room in the house, complete with outdoor furniture, an outdoor fireplace, garden sculptures, outdoor rugs and even electronics.
Turning your outdoor space into a haven can be daunting, especially if you have a patio, porch, backyard, swimming pool and garden to contend with. But don’t fret: As long as you consider all the key components — seating, appearance, practicality and storage — your new and improved space will be the ultimate entertaining hub. Create your own outdoor living room.
Bring the comfort of your own living room outdoors by purchasing a comfortable, quality patio furniture set. Outdoor sofas, chairs, benches and chaise longues offer an abundance of seating, while outdoor side tables and coffee tables give you plenty of space for cups and plates. To mimic your indoor living room even more, buy a sturdy outdoor rug and lanterns or candles, and even splurge on an outdoor fireplace. Make sure you have plenty of outdoor storage.
When you start using your yard on a regular basis, you will surely start to accumulate more and more stuff: pool equipment, gardening tools, seasonal outdoor cushions and barbecue grill accessories, to name a few. Save space in your garage by installing a shed to house all the goodies. If a shed isn’t an option, you can buy an outdoor bench or box to house smaller items. Spice up your garden with accessories.
While flower gardens are beautiful and full of color, they can sometimes use a little more texture and variation. Outdoor fountains make interesting focal points and add the soothing sound of running water as background noise. Garden statues and sculptures can add a bit of culture, while birdhouses and bird feeders allow you to watch birds while enjoying the rest of the view. Make sure to place a hammock or outdoor bench nearby so you can appreciate all your hard work. Make it easy to eat on the patio.
In the summertime there’s nothing better than sitting out on the patio with a little bit of barbecue. Make that dream a reality by setting up your own outdoor dining room, complete with an outdoor table, some chairs and an umbrella for when the sun is high. Set up shop close to the grill so people can easily munch throughout the day. Go for the wow factor.
If you’re looking to impress, go big by opting for larger, more dramatic purchases. Hot tubs are a great way to relax after a long, hard day, and they pair nicely with a pool, if you have the space. For the ultimate backyard entertaining, look into getting a gazebo, an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit. And don’t forget the kids! Make them happy with a swing set or play structure.