As the seasons start to turn, the days get noticeably longer, and brighter days appear on the horizon, we are embracing a bit of hope. With that excitement building, our thoughts turn to our (and your) outdoor living spaces. How will the area be used, are the sofa and accent chairs lounge-worthy, and are you ready to entertain? We've asked our Stylist and Manager of Creative + Content, Kelley Mason, for tips on how to transform your outdoor space. Starting with establishing how you'll use the area, then onto decorating in chic accents, prioritizing natural materials, upgrading your tableware, and finally emphasizing the best parts of your outdoor space, she provides a thoughtful guide. Read on for a full breakdown of outdoor living space ideas and Kelley’s pro tips on creating the outdoor oasis of your dreams.
Define your space and its function.
Before anything else, consider your space and how you'll use it. Do you have a large backyard living space and pool? A spacious deck or porch with plenty of room for both dining and lounging? Or, a terrace meant for entertaining and a small table? Once you recognize how you want to use the area, start with the bigger pieces as you would indoors. Think of furniture such as a sectional or accent chair as well as room defining decor like a rug. We love our line of indoor/outdoor rugs for their flatwoven design and earthy neutral tones.
Bring the indoors, out.
Consider your indoor living space when implementing outdoor living space ideas. Being outside does not mean that your design aesthetic has to change. We suggest using the natural landscape to inspire the materials and colors for your outdoor living designs but still curate with luxe accents, as you would indoors. Think geometric throw pillows, sculptural decorative bowls, and tactile planters. Filled with lush greenery, these beautiful ceramic planters mirror your outdoor foliage.
Keep things natural.
Lean on the raw, organic beauty and functionality of natural materials when designing your look. FSC-certified woods, weather-resistant lava stone, or even smaller touches like woven linen napkins are incredibly durable and seamlessly adapt to your outdoor living space. We're huge advocates for that mixed materiality playing a central role, brilliantly contrasting tone and texture and adding visual impact to your setup.
Update your everyday essentials.
When you design outdoor areas, remember your space is meant for entertaining. This is true whether it is a terrace, backyard, patio, or deck. Even if it is just for your family, and hosting get-togethers won't happen yet, you should refresh and upgrade your outdoor dining look. You can do this without going down the rabbit hole of patio remodel ideas or endlessly searching for outdoor living space ideas on Pinterest. Start with your seating area. Bring in wooden dining tables and chairs, outdoor-specific dinnerware, and even incorporate your everyday table linens and glassware. We love plates and bowls made from durable bamboo and melamine because they are even dishwasher-safe.