Make the most of summer by creating an outdoor living area where you can enjoy a barbecue by the poolside in the company of family and friends or take some time out to be on your own and enjoy a book in the sunshine. The first step to designing an inviting outdoor space is deciding what style you want the result to embody. For example, do you want a modern look with contemporary lines and minimalistic features? Or would you prefer a rustic look incorporating chunky furniture and embellishments that bring them to life? Either way, another important consideration is the functionality of design elements so that the space you set up is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Follow these outdoor design ideas and tips to help you make your outdoor living space comfortable, functional, and cohesive.
Create Flexible Spaces
Besides simply lounging in the open air, you may want to incorporate an eating area into your design. Outdoor furniture ideas should always be based on functionality and how best to make use of the space. Depending on your available size, outdoor furniture that folds away is helpful when creating a multifunctional space. For example, fold-away chairs and tables give you the flexibility to use the area for outdoor play when you’re not dining. Inversely, you have the option of foldable sun loungers, which you can easily stow away to make space for outdoor chairs and a table to share a meal over.
You can also create an adaptable environment when deciding how much of the area you want to be exposed. That is, depending on how much tree cover you have in your outdoor area, you can create additional shade by installing a gazebo to have lunch under or a pergola if you want to let a little sunlight in to be able to read a book. There are plenty of outdoor decor ideas to add life to these structures, such as decorating them with climbing plants or hanging lights to create a little atmosphere at nighttime.
If you’re working with a small space, easily movable furniture such as the garden stool is the first step to getting the most out of your outdoor area, where you can easily rearrange seating depending on the number of people you’re hosting. Stackable chairs and extendable dining tables are also good outdoor furniture ideas. When doing this, however, remember to maintain footpaths so that your space remains functional.
Focus on Décor
Some of the best outdoor decor ideas are ways to add a variety of textures and colors to a space. One way of adding texture to your design is by incorporating stones such as pebbles or gravel to surround your water feature or make your succulent garden pop. Here you may decide on glossy, jet-black pebbles in keeping with a modern look. If you want to add color to your décor, you might consider introducing mosaic pieces such as our blue garden stool.
Another design element you could include in your outdoor area is a rug, such as the Sofi Jute rug. However, remember that although it’s made from durable fiber, it’s not water resistant, and moisture affects the oil it contains, turning it dark brown. So be mindful to store it indoors when not in use.
Should you wish to enjoy your outdoor area into the warm evening, lighting is another decorative aspect that works well to set the mood. For cooler months, a fire pit allows you to enjoy your external space for extended periods during the year.
Regardless of your artistic direction, patio décor is incomplete without greenery that adds depth and atmosphere to your ‘exterior’ design. The smaller your outdoor area, the more creative you’ll have to be when choosing how to incorporate plants into your décor. If you have limited space, for example, you have the option of wall planters and hanging pots, or you may even decide to create a vertical garden. Notwithstanding the size of your space, and once you’ve established where to install your greenery, it’s best to choose low-maintenance plants to enjoy your outdoor area with minimal fuss.
Color and Pattern
When considering outdoor deck decor ideas, you’ll need to decide whether you want your design to blend into its natural surroundings or if you want your furniture to contrast the green background. Cushions are an easy way to add character to your theme where the fabric design in our range of wool jute pillows enhances existing features.
Find Outdoor Decor at Home Zone Furniture
Home Zone has the decor you need to create a beautiful outdoor living space that fits your needs. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team for helpful advice. You can also browse our items online or visit your local Home Zone store to find the perfect style to suit your needs.
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