Bring the indoors out: Outdoor decorating tips

The is one of my favorite times of year, when the springtime temperatures and longer days urge us to spend more time outside. And just as with your interiors, your home’s outdoor spaces should be inviting, functional and, above all, aesthetically pleasing. Today I’ll be touching on few outdoor decorating tips, helping you to spread your style throughout you porches and patios.

Inside Out

My top tip for outdoor decorating is to simply think of your exterior space as another room. Your porch or patio should seamlessly blend with your home’s elements, essentially marrying your outdoor spaces to your indoor decor. One place to start is with color. Pulling from your interior palette, assemble a color scheme that not only emphasizes your style but also lend itself to the atmosphere you wish to create. Does your deck function as a hideaway for respite and relaxation (soft and calming) or does it help play to host lively gatherings (bold and bright)? Accessories help to seal the style deal. Shop for pieces just as you would for an inside space; think throw pillows, table top knick-knacks and decorative planters. It’s these small details that add the finishing touch to your outdoor “room”.

 {From:  Ballard Designs .}
 {From:   Veranda  Magazine .}

Consider the layout

Albeit no tangible walls in place, you should still approach your outdoor decorating as you would your interior with a space plan. Porches and patios are often multifunctional, unlike your dining room for example. They are also more fluid, lacking a central focal point around which to base the arrangement of your furnishings. Break up your larger outdoor space by creating smaller, more defined areas for specific functions such as cooking, dining and conversation. Consider other needs of yours, too, such as relaxation (hammock or hot tub) and activities (games or fire-pit) when devising your layout.

 {From:  Pier 1 Imports. }

Odds & ends

Another outdoor decorating tip is to not skimp on the small stuff because of the setting. If you throw a cloth atop the dining table for your Thanksgiving feast, why not dress up your patio’s table, including your kitchen tableware, for your annual barbecue? Fade resistant, water repellant and mildew-proof textiles are available in magnitude of colors and patterns. Speaking of fabrics, have you considered hanging curtains or screens? Just as with your windows, outdoor panels help to frame your patio or porch, provide privacy and block Mother Nature’s elements. They also add an air of softness to the space. Last but not least, a great way to define your outdoor space and add character is to use your home’s exterior or fence for hanging wall decor such as mirrors, artwork and other eclectic finds.

 {From:  One Kings Lane .}

What’s old is new again

Breathing new life into your outdoor decor doesn’t require a wide wallet. Use your DIY thumb and some elbow grease to bring a fresh face to a well-loved piece you already own. Spray paint works wonders on wicker and metals and sandpaper and stain can revive wood. Hardware is an uber easy and cost-effective item to update, too. Are your chair or chaise cushions worn and weathered? Swap them out for fresh and fluffy ones, making it feel like a whole new piece next time you kick back. Don’t overlook your accessories, either! Last season’s rusted flower pots, watering cans and garden stools can be up-cycled just the same as your furniture.

 {From:  Joy In Our Home .}

As we fully embrace springtime, we have an outdoor canvas with which to play! Your outdoor decorating efforts should reflect a space perfectly fit for your needs and your style. I would love to hear from you if you’re looking to tackle your porch or patio’s redesign. My designer for a day service is an excellent tool to help you hone in on how to bring your indoors out.

April Pardoe