The warm weather is in full swing, and with it, so is spending time outside! Whether you’re grilling out, serving appetizers, or reading a book, an outdoor living space is crucial to a summer spent outside! And you don’t necessarily need a huge deck or sprawling patio to create an inviting space. Here are five things that will help you create a cozy outdoor living space.
1. Multiple Seating Options
Think of providing different kinds of seating… benches, chairs, hammocks, and poufs. Having a variety will not only create a cozier space, but it also gives your guests plenty of options. And you can definitely get creative! What may not pass as seating indoors could when it’s outside—an upside down metal tub perhaps?
2. Mood Lighting
Sprinkle candles, lanterns, or string lights throughout your space. I like to use a citronella candle to keep the mosquitos away, and string lights help the space feel inviting even when the sun goes down!
3. Plants & Greenery
No outdoor space is complete without some greenery! Scatter potted plants and flowers throughout your space, or incorporate some hanging plants or an herb garden. Your patio or deck is a great space to keep plants that need a little extra love!
4. Texture and Patterns
As you’re filling your space with seating, planters, pillows, etc., think about how you can utilize different textures and patterns. This will give your space depth and interest. Try to incorporate different materials like wood, metal, cotton, stone, etc.
5. Functional Durability
And last but not least, don’t forget about function and durability! If you live somewhere where there is a lot of rain, you’re going to want to make sure everything is water-proof. If it’s often windy, make sure things are secure. Your space won’t be cozy and inviting for long if it can’t withstand the elements or if you’re always worried about things getting ruined.
Happy outdoor lounging!