Warm temperatures, blue skies, and sunny days are drawing you outside. And if you're planning to do any of your eating, entertaining, or lounging out there, then it's time to think about how that space looks and feels. Not a lot of space? No big deal. From balconies, yards and terraces to patios and porches, these easy decorating ideas can help you have a slice of heaven in your outdoor space.
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Why are you looking at your outside space and how will you use it? After thinking on this idea for a bit, we can say that we are looking for a space to relax or recharge, pause or party, recharge or reflect. Personally, I want all these things in my outdoor space. How about you?
How much space do you have to devote to your slice of heaven? From a balcony to an estate, use whatever space you have to create a quiet spot. The view is important, even if it’s a highway or high rise, it can be beautiful… a reflection of who you are and what you like. My space is a backyard with a patio and a fence. And yet, we have chosen to decorate it in a less formal, comfortable way.
Speaking of less formal (my choice)…what is yours? Do you like formal or informal? Do you have children who will share the space? Do you entertain? If so, what is the max size of your group? Seating is a question. In my space, there is a table and chairs with benches strategically placed for whatever the need might be. From folks, to feet to plants…the benches are just right for our space.
Hmmm…color. Now, this is a big dilemma. I like color but it all has to be matchy-matchy. Some folks like neutrals, some tropical colors, some like dark colors, some bright. Some folks are like me and things have to match. Others put many colors and patterns together and make it work. Whatever your color choices may be…be comfortable with it. If your furniture is a neutral color, your accessories can be frequently changed to match your moods and purposes.
5. Cozy and Comfortable
I don’t know about you but I’m not much of a fan of cold weather. It’s a wonderful thing that where I live, it’s only cold for maybe 2 months. Still, we look forward to the time when we can sit outside and have coffee in the morning or watch stars later in the evening. Our space is cozy and comfortable no matter the time of day. We can put our feet up and listen to morning birds or evening tree frogs, or watch fireflies. Recharging requires comfort, don’t you agree?