Here are 5 tips for creating an outdoor living space that is both inviting to guests and relaxing for you.
1. Create ambience through lighting
Replace motion-sensored flood lights with soft lanterns and candles. Lanterns are the perfect choice for creating soft lighting. Whether you choose electric lanterns or candle-lit ones, their light creates ambience that's perfect for evening entertaining.
2. Offer seating options that are conducive to conversation
Keep your seating area tight and comfortable. Having everyone spread out over an area will make conversation difficult. Sectionals are great options for small spaces and for keeping everyone close, making chatting and mingling easy.
There's nothing worse than watching your guests squirm in hard uncomfortable chairs. Make sure cushions are plush and comfy. You want your guests to stick around and stay for a while!
I love how this set includes a nice, big round table for eating as well. It does double duty as both a seating area and an eating area.
3. Decorate with greenery
Plants and flowers are natural decorations for outdoor spaces. Use bright, bold flowers such as hibiscus and geraniums to add color. I love decorating with herbs. To add pizzazz to herb pots, paint them with chalkboard paint and write the name of the herb on the pot or use pots to identify your street number in your address.
4. Take cover
An umbrella is a must for any outdoor living area. A simple umbrella will provide the shade that you and your guests need to remain comfortable. Remember, the the sun will fade your umbrella. There is no need to spend a lot on a good quality umbrella. You can find many in the $50 price range that are comparable to the high-end umbrellas.
A few strategically placed accessories will pull your entire outdoor space together. Pillows for your seating area add color and texture. Tea light holders are a great choice for your tabletop area.