With the sun finally out, it’s time to start thinking about decorating outdoor spaces in your home. Whether it’s a deck, patio, porch, or a small balcony, every bit of that real estate can be turned into an outdoor oasis that’s perfect for entertaining, leisure reading, or simply enjoying a glass of wine (or two).
Ready to give your outdoor space some love? We’ve got a few tips for you—no renovation required!
1. Go for all-weather outdoor furniture and decor pieces.
If you’re decorating your outdoor space from scratch, start with choosing furniture and decor pieces that are not only pretty but can also stand up to heavy use, moisture, UV light, dust, and mold.
“When decorating my outdoor space I really look for function as well as style,” explains Emily Yewchuk, artist, photographer, and mom of three. “I have three young kids who are never far from me, so having materials that hide stains or wash well is an absolute must. This goes double for the rug because you know it’s going to have popsicles dripped on it the very first day.”
2. Set the mood with an outdoor rug.
A rug is another important element in your outdoor decor. Outdoor rugs set the mood and tone of the space while protecting your furniture and your floor.
“A rug is a game-changer,” says stylist and mom Kass DeKoning. “It definitely completes any space! To keep the theme cohesive, we went with a neutral outdoor rug that blends with our furniture but still adds a lot of depth and texture to our sitting area.”
3. Take design cues from your surroundings.
If you’re not sure where to start with your decoration, we’ve got one simple advice: look around you. Get design inspiration from what you already have.
“Before decorating our space, I try to find a color scheme to base everything around,” explains Kass. “We have a dark exterior, rich wood beams, and a concrete pad. Therefore, dark and rustic is one of our primary focuses. I like to keep things fairly neutral and serene. You can always add pops of color through cushions and flowers.”
4. Maximize outdoor space for seating.
When decorating outdoor spaces, make sure to dedicate ample space for seating. “When I design an outdoor space, I want to make sure there is a place to lounge and hang out as well as a spot for dining and enjoying the scenery,” says stylist Annie Anderson.
5. Get creative with plants and lights.
According to Kass, you can never go wrong with decorating with plants. “In an outdoor setting, less is more as far as decor, unless they’re plants and foliage, which give your space that natural essence. Plus, there is nothing more beautiful than nature,” she says.
Another thing? Lights! “I elevate my space and add a little magic by hanging string lights, lanterns, and plants,” adds Emily. “Nothing has an impact on mood quite like some pretty string lights and flowers!”
READERS: How do you decorate your patio, porch, deck, or balcony? Tell us in the comments section below!