Tips for Decorating Your Outdoor Space

Turn your yard into an extension of your home.


Relaxing in outdoor living space.

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When it comes to interior design, designing the exterior space is a field that is becoming more popular by the day. The pandemic inspired homeowners across the US to put more time, care, and investment into their outdoor spaces, according to,a 2021 survey conducted by Sullivans Home Décor Consumer Behavior. In fact, 82 percent of people said that their outdoor space is even more important to them now.

While the pandemic inspired many homeowners to spend more time on their patios and in their backyards, t every blushing sunrise and flower-blooming season is an excuse to spend time enjoying the fresh outdoor air. These tips can help you craft an outdoor space that is pleasant, practical, and beautiful.

Think about lighting
Well-placed lights boost your space’s evening ambiance, according to the blog A Beautiful Mess. String lights can easily fit into a variety of outdoor areas (and easily reach the outlets). But, there are plenty of other outdoor lighting options on the market, for those who prefer a different style.

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Better Homes and Gardens recommends being holistic with lighting. Instead of just considering how it will look at night, think about how the light moves around during the daytime as well. For example, if the porch is hit directly by sunlight, just in time for a late afternoon barbeque, adding umbrellas or shades can make the space more comfortable.

Make the outdoors your home
Get comfortable outside.“Treat [your outdoor space] as an extension of your indoor space, and you can bring some of the elements out,”  interior designer Wendyny Lau told Better Homes and Gardens

These elements can include patterned pillows that match the indoor decor, synchronized indoor and outdoor furniture, or similar indoor and outdoor floor tiling. The goal is for the outdoors to feel like it is part of the home, instead of a separate area.

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Think about the weather
Outdoors are unpredictable. Rain, snow, wind, and sun can wreak havoc on furniture and fabrics. Still, there’s no need to be limited to colorless plastic chairs and tables. Some materials and colors age and fade in predictable ways, so, when purchasing these elements, plan for their future, and make sure the space design allows for faded colors, and rusted metal. Another option is to budget in furniture covers, and protection that can keep the rain and wind off of the furniture.

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Outdoor decorating is a great way to spruce up the home and make it more inviting. By adding some personal touches, you can turn your outdoor space into an extension of your indoor living area. With a little effort, you can create a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor oasis that you and your family will love spending time in.

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