1. Keep it comfy.
Most people think outdoor furnishings have to be hard and impermeable. But there are so many beautiful outdoor products these days that are weatherproof and comfortable, so there’s no reason to sit uncomfortably on metal benches and plastic chairs. Make your patio space as comfortable and inviting as possible.
2. Create a color palette.
Choose a palette that makes sense for your outdoor space. If your space is urban and lacks a lot of natural green, bringing in color might be a smart move. If your space is plant-filled, consider the colors of the plants.
3. Map it out.
Just because your patio is outside does not mean it has to lose all functionality. No matter what of kind of space you’re working with, plan it the same way you’d plan an indoor living room. Make sure there’s room to sit, to eat, to lounge and whatever else you plan on doing out there.
4. Go to the flea market.
The flea market is one of the best places to find unique pieces for your home. Storebought patio furniture can get pricey quickly, buying a flea market set might be your best bet. You never know what you might find!
5. Lighten up.
Outdoor spaces are great during the daytime, but they’re even better if they are setup to be used after sunset as well. From candles to outdoor chandeliers, options for outdoor lighting are endless.
6. Make some shade.
A patio that gets a lot of sunlight might feel wonderful during the colder months. But in the summer, it will probably be too warm for hanging out mid-day. Invest in a canopy or tent for a rooftop space or an area that’s uncovered. It looks gorgeous and allow you to entertain during the daytime, not just at night.
7. Look up!
While your furniture and plants might be the obvious showstoppers in your outside area, it’s important to consider decorating the more unusual places. Hanging flowerpots, hummingbird feeders, and wind chimes will add a whole new dimension to the above-eye-level areas.