You’ve heard it many times before that your outdoor living area should be an extension of your indoor living space. Yet how do you transfer your interior style to your backyard when the elements you choose must be able to withstand all types of weather while also blending into landscaping?
Obviously, you’ll want weather-friendly furniture with mildew- and mold-resistant fabrics that also won’t fade when exposed to the sun. Frames should also be resistant to rust. The first of several tips to bring your interior style to the outdoors is to define the mood and personality of your interior scheme. Is it modern, traditional, bold, or soft and cozy? After determining this element, you can select outdoor furniture that will continue your theme. Take your time selecting pieces to make sure that the colors and fabrics will blend seamlessly from indoors to outdoors.
Accent pieces are just as important in an outdoor setting as they are indoors. Carefully choose accent tables, making sure that they are weather-proof. Decorative throw pillows in light colors add comfort and help furniture portray a relaxed and comfortable feeling. Outdoor area rugs can also give an outdoor living and dining area a homey feel. Instead of traditional concrete, consider natural stone tiles for a warmer look.
Lighting is another crucial aspect. Cleverly-hung outdoor fixtures can create a welcoming and decorative atmosphere. For covered areas, you can also consider table lamps to set a mood during any gathering.
Landscaping can play an interesting role in creating atmosphere for your outdoor living space. Use bushes and small trees to create living barriers that will create walls to define the area and keep out prying eyes. Place potted plants in strategic areas if you include normally include greenery in indoor decor. Use greenery in unique ways like incorporating climbing vines on latticework or on a pergola for additional splashes of color.
An outdoor kitchen will go a long way toward emulating your indoor living space as kitchens always act as gathering places. Such an area will also allow you to prepare and serve food to guests with much less effort, leaving more time for socialization.