June 7, 2021
As temperatures rise with the summertime season on its way, our thoughts turn to outdoor living. While blooming flowers and the smell of backyard barbecues lures us out onto the porch or patio with friends and family, there are a few key features that can make an outdoor living space enjoyable for all — and easy on the entertainer. Create the perfect outdoor setting this summer with these outdoor living space ideas to inspire you.
Creating an outdoor living space you’ll love and enjoy
While designed to draw you out of the house to appreciate the outdoors, outdoor living spaces go beyond a cute patio or deck. With the proper setup, you can create an outdoor living space that complements your home and connects you to Mother Nature. If you want your outdoor living space to be ‘the place to be’ for friends and family festivities, there are some style and layout considerations to think about.
Sit a spell
The first focus of any outdoor living area design is the seating. Seating is beyond critical when it comes to garden entertainment. If you have a small space, then a compact L-shaped bench that can fit neatly on your patio will add a luxe look. For a larger outdoor space, you can plan for a designated seating area with a set of matching chairs, a dining table, sun loungers, and swing seats. Play around with your options, such as sectionals versus hammock chairs, and take into consideration how many seats you will need for a typical night of entertaining. Likewise, invest in cushions made of stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant fabric to ensure they can endure the outdoor elements.
Light it up
A single porch light is much less inviting than string lights, and nothing sets a relaxing tone like candles. Select a range of lighting sources from table lamps and lanterns with candles to strings of bulbs and standard lamps. For added ambiance that does not require any cumbersome wiring or fire hazards, integrate solar path lights throughout your outdoor living space. The best solar-powered garden lighting comes in all shapes and sizes—including bulb string lights and tiny copper wire lights, which can look great when they are twinkling in a tree or looped around a pergola, gazebo, or arbor.
Integrate shelter and privacy
You will either want your space completely open to the sky but with some tall boundaries to shelter this area or shaded by a pergola or gazebo. If your garden is overlooked, a pergola covered by a grapevine or climbing plant can provide an extra bit of privacy for when you have over and are entertaining guests. Another solution is to rethink the purpose of weatherproof products, such as hanging colorful outdoor rugs between patio posts for instant privacy screens.
Heat things up
Want to take your outdoor living space to another level? An outdoor kitchen is an ultimate nod to entertainment in your outdoor space. Consider creating an outdoor kitchen design or adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. That way, nothing can stop you from enjoying your time. Stylish chimneys and fire pits are not only practical, but their warming glow makes an outside area instantly welcoming.
Schrapper’s Fine Cabinetry, Inc. can transform these outdoor living space ideas into a reality for the perfect outdoor setting you will love and enjoy. We have a wide selection of outdoor cabinetry that will last a lifetime, even in the harsh Florida climate. Contact us today for a free consultation.