Imagine your ideal living room: comfortable furniture, soft lighting, and space for all of your friends and family to gather together. Now wouldn’t that living room be even better if you could add stars, fresh air, and the soothing sound of crickets on a summer night?
Outdoor living spaces are a huge trend right now. They give us the best of both worlds, combining everything we love about the indoors with everything we love about the outdoors.
You don’t need to embark on a colossal construction project in order to make the backyard oasis of your dreams. With some simple ideas and a little DIY know-how, you can create a beautiful outdoor living space for you and your family to enjoy this summer.
Start from the ground up
Start your outdoor living room by setting down polished, level flooring. This might be a concrete patio, a gravel yard, or beautiful flagstones. Explore our Pinboards for inspiration and ideas.
Think about a fire pit!
A fire pit is an amazing feature for an outdoor living space. It’s a sure way to make people want to linger and relax. We have great DIY kits that can make your dream a reality without breaking the bank
Arbors and trellises create a cozy feel
Create the illusion of walls and a roof by adding trellises, arbors, or pergolas. During the summer, climbing vines will blossom, creating shade from the heat, and filling the night with fragrance.
Proper seating turns a feature into a living space
When you’re selecting furniture, pick durable outdoor pieces. You can spruce up your space and make it feel homey with special outdoor fabric that resists the sun’s bleaching effects and dries quickly to prevent mildew. Slipcovers and cushions are easy to switch out, which will revitalize and redecorate your space as the seasons go by.
It’s true that patio furniture can get pricey, but think about creative alternatives. A simple bench with some cushions is easy to make. If you have sturdy posts available, consider hammocks and hanging chairs.
Some ideas for those finishing touches
Plants: Plants are the perfect way to decorate your outdoor space. Fill a pot with succulents to add texture, border your area with potted shrubs to create an enclosed feeling, or add some potted flowers for a pop of color.
Lighting: Twinkle lights and hanging lanterns always create a chill party atmosphere. If you don’t want to bother with electrical wiring outdoors, take a look at solar powered options, or lanterns that can be filled with candles.
Storage space: While you’re outside, you might find yourself wanting pillows, blankets, games, books, sunglasses, suntan lotion and bug spray. Proper storage space means you can have handy things without worrying about exposure to the elements. Consider tables, benches, and ottomans that double as storage boxes.
Go Vintage: Consider buying used items for decorations and accents. That way, you know that they’ll wear well, despite exposure to the elements, and you won’t worry about damage as you would with brand-new items.
We have the resources you need
Come visit us to stock up on anything you need. And consider joining us for our upcoming classes. We can teach you tips and tricks that will help you create the yard of your dreams on a budget.