Now that summer is in full swing, we all find ourselves drawn outside to enjoy the sunshine and warm air! But more time outdoors means it’s time to set up that perfect outdoor space to keep the party going all summer long. Here are the basic steps to get you started:
Step 1: Make It Yours
The first step in creating the perfect outdoor space is to decide what you want to use it for. Do you want to entertain guests, or are you looking to create a peaceful retreat for yourself? Deciding what the function(s) of the space will be will help you prioritize what you will need to purchase moving forward.
Once you’ve decided on the purpose, it’s time to choose your style. Will you go for a Zen-inspired Japanese garden, or will you draw inspiration from a luxurious rooftop paradise? Not only do you want to choose a style that goes along with the function of the space, you will also want to select a style that reflects your personality. Remember, this space is yours, so have fun with it!
Step 2: Start With Furniture
Now that you’ve decided on the purpose and style of your space, it’s time to start thinking about furniture. Do you want a table and chairs for outdoor dining, or do you prefer a more relaxed seating area with lawn chairs and a bench? To maximize space, consider selecting seating that doubles as storage. Measure your space and select furniture that fits well and is made of durable materials that can withstand the outdoor elements.
When deciding where to place your furniture remember to think about the functionality of the spot you pick. Consider things like shade, space for walkways, and orienting furniture to have your intended view.
Step 3: Adding Decor
Adding plants to your outdoor space is a great way to bring it to life. From a lush green lawn to potted plants on your patio, plants can add color and texture to your outdoor oasis. And being around fresh air and plant life is kind of the point of being outdoors, isn’t it?
But don’t just stop at plants! Consider adding a fire pit for chilly nights, a hammock for some relaxation, or a walking path to take a stroll around your yard. These little touches can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your outdoor space.
Step 4: Set the Mood
To finish off your perfect outdoor space, think about the smaller details that will set the mood. Lighting is key! If you have a fire pit, make sure to have some dim lighting options to draw attention to the fire. Adding small lanterns to a table or stringing cafe lights overhead will keep the space lit up after the sun goes down.
And don’t forget about temperature control! When the weather heats up, a fan or two can be a game-changer to keep you and your guests comfortable. And in the cooler months, maybe even consider adding a heater.
Creating the perfect outdoor space doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating an inviting and comfortable space that will keep the party going all summer long. Get creative, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors!