Outdoor Decorating: Tips in Time For Summer

With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, it’s time to start prepping our outdoor spaces for backyard BBQs and summertime fun. Whether it’s a family fun-day flipping burgers and dogs over the charcoals or a romantic date night under the summer stars, this time of year beckons us outside. Using some of these simple outdoor decorating tips, you can have your space ready just in time to fire up the grill!

Consider function. Who will use the space? How much maintenance are you looking to undertake? These are a couple of key items to keep top-of-mind when dreaming up your outdoor decorating plans. For example, if you’re an entertaining type of family, consider comfortable (and ample) seating that allows all of your guests to feel at home outside. Think cushions and pillows, rocking chairs and swings. As far as maintenance is concerned, when selecting building materials, furniture and accessories make sure they are intended for outdoor use. There are a variety of items specifically manufactured to resist outdoor elements such as moisture, fading, rusting and chipping.

 {Imagine how many people you can squeeze onto these armless sectionals! From:  Lexington .}

{Imagine how many people you can squeeze onto these armless sectionals! From: Lexington.}

Bring the indoors, out. Treat your outdoor space as your would your indoors. Do you pine for a magazine-esque dining room tablescape? Dress up your patio table just the same by bringing dishes, glassware and accessories outside. Frequently cozy up in your living room or in bed with a good book? Consider an outdoor chaise that encourages you to soak up some vitamin D while flipping through your latest page-turner and don’t forget a throw for those breezy evenings. Many indoor pieces translate to outside decorating use, too; think rugs, vases and other knickknacks to create interest outside.

Let there be light! Our outdoor spaces offer us a great opportunity to get creative with lighting. Pendants, chandeliers and sconces are all fine and dandy indoors, but outside we can toy with the thought of string lights, fire pits, candles and lanterns. Picture a candlelight dinner for two on your balcony, with cafe lights glowing overhead. Or your family surrounded by the amber waves of a fire pit, freshly roasted s’mores in hand. Or your party guests mingling amongst the clusters of lanterns strewn throughout your backyard. Lighting is a key piece to the design puzzle that not only serves a functional purpose, but contributes to the mood and ambiance of the space.

 {Sometimes less is more. These simple strands of string lights are just the right touch for this sweet setup. From:  Restoration Hardware .}

{Sometimes less is more. These simple strands of string lights are just the right touch for this sweet setup. From: Restoration Hardware.}

Make it work. Draw inspiration from what you see in magazines, on TV and online. If you are having a difficult time finding your visionary pieces in stores or at an affordable price-point, don’t be afraid to tackle a project or two yourself. Make things that you can’t find on store shelves or repurpose items that catch your eye. Between Pinterest, YouTube and other blogs there are plenty of resources to help guide you in tackling a DIY project like building canopies, creating lighting fixtures or customizing planters, for example.

Be bold. Think of your outdoor space as a blank decorating canvas. Play with the neutrality of the green grass and blue sky by incorporating bright colors and bold patterns that you may otherwise shy away from indoors. Is tangerine orange one of your favorite colors but you’re too afraid to commit to that on the walls in your master bedroom? Pick an outdoor pillow to adorn your Adirondack chair, plant marigolds in a decorative planter or find place settings that incorporate this color.

 {Go bold or go home. This vibrant outdoor pillow completes this chair! From:  Wabisabi Green .}

{Go bold or go home. This vibrant outdoor pillow completes this chair! From: Wabisabi Green.}

These outdoor decorating tips should help you embrace the full potential that your outdoor space offers. Be it a balcony, deck or patio, there are options for every size space (and budget!) to help turn your outside area into a haven. Celebrate the season with some fun in the sun or under the stars!

 

April Pardoe