Inside Out: Tips For Outdoor Living Spaces

Warm weather is upon us and that means we want to get outside as much as possible. There’s nothing quite like sipping your coffee overlooking your garden, or enjoying the evening meal under the stars. Perhaps you have a porch you’d love to make into a more peaceful respite, or a patio that needs a little TLC to become more enjoyable. By devoting some attention to your outdoor spaces, you expand your home’s livable space and create a comfortable spot to enjoy pleasant weather with friends and family.


Start by thinking about your favorite indoor spaces. Maybe you love sinking into your living room couch at the end of the day, or maybe you’ve carved out a quiet reading nook off your bedroom. What is it about these spaces that you love? With a little thought, you can recreate some of these details in outdoors spaces. We’ve come a long way since the days when the only furniture suitable for outdoors was plastic and neon. These days, outdoor decor options are seemingly limitless with a variety of materials to choose from.


We recommend investing in a few key items to amp up your outdoor living area. Start with a weathersafe rug to ground the space. There are outdoor-friendly rugs available in a wide array of textures, colors and patterns. You can choose a simple all natural braided jute or a synthetic persian lookalike for a bright pop of color. Make your outdoor furniture as comfortable as possible with the addition of colorful pillows made specifically to withstand the weather. Add plenty of side tables so you and your guests always have a spot to sit a coffee cup or wine glass (or a citronella candle to keep the bugs at bay).


Lighten things up with solar-powered path lighting or lanterns you can hang throughout your property. When the sun goes down, plug in some hanging lights to give your space a welcoming glow. If you’re lucky enough to have a porch to enjoy, consider incorporating some weathersafe curtains to blow in the breeze, and lend a little privacy to your space if you’ve got neighbors nearby.