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How to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Area

Blog, Featured Blog Posts | May 29, 2013

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living AreaSummer is the perfect time to relax with friends and family on a long, summer night. Having a great outdoor living space is the best way to do this. But where do you even start? We have offered our expertise to help you learn what you need to do.

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Simple Steps to Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Area

Clean, Repair & Stain

The first step in creating the perfect deck or patio is to create a solid foundation. There is no point in furnishing and decorating if the floorboards or surface is dirty, tired, and old. This one simple step of staining, cleaning, and repairing can create a dynamic change in the way your deck looks.

Natural Colors

To add some color to your outdoor living area, you do not need to head to the paint store. Adding flowers or plants is the perfect way to liven up a space and soften a deck’s edges. You can hang pots, place them on the deck surface, or have them sit along the deck’s railings. Just make sure not to go overkill on the foliage… you do not want your company to think they are in a jungle.

Grow a Feast

If you have limited space in your yard due to your deck, you can grow vegetables in containers on your deck. Just as plants and flowers add a nice touch to an outdoor living space, homegrown vegetables can add an eclectic look.

Rev-Up Railings

While a railing’s main purpose is to ensure safety, railings can also be used to enhance the appearance of a deck. You can add decorative spindles and ball tops to make a style statement.

Wire for Sound

Whether you are throwing a large party or want a romantic night on the back deck, nothing creates the mood like having background music. The solution: a weatherproof outdoor sound system. Hung up and out of the way, these speakers create the perfect atmosphere.

Light it Up

Adding solar or low-voltage post-top lights along the railing create ambiance when your dinner guests linger during a summer evening. You can also hang tiny lights or lanterns above. If lights are not an option, you can opt to use candles to give you little bit of extra light.

Bring the Inside Outside

Lounging does not have to be limited to just the family and living room; extend it to the deck! You can enjoy easy entertaining throughout the warmer months. If you have a large amount of space, create distinct zones for grilling, dining, and lounging.

Furnished with Style

Before making any purchases on outdoor furniture, make sure you have considered all available options. The most popular outdoor furniture materials are hardy woods, aluminum, steel, and recycled plastic.

Ensure Privacy

No one likes to have neighbors spying on them when sitting on a patio. Make your outdoor living space feel more private by adding a fence, garden wall, lattice, pergolas, and landscaping. Plus, these privacy structures add decoration and make it feel more like an oasis.

Create Shady Spots

Everyone needs a little bit of shade, no matter how much they love the sun. To create shade on your patio or deck, you can use trees, umbrellas, retractable awnings, or a trellis.

Simple Touches

To create a unique outdoor living space, play with different colors, shapes, and textures. Containers or pots are an easy way to do this as they add just the right amount of “pop” that your deck needs.

Color Coordinated

Use the colors in your backyard as an inspiration. The hues found in your flowers and plants can act as your color palate. The purple pillows on this patio match the flowers blooming in the nearby containers.

Pile on the Pillows

Add comfort and style by throwing pillows onto your seating areas of your patio or deck. Pretty and durable accent pillows that are outdoor friendly are easy to find at home stores. Do not be scared to mix colors, patterns, and prints as this creates an eclectic and fun look.