An inviting outdoor living space is an extension of your home, much like an extra room, that gives the feel of more square footage in your floor plan while also providing a comfortable place for you or your guests to enjoy a beautiful day. Making your porch or patio feel like an extension of your home’s interior may seem like a daunting task, but paying attention to a few small details is enough to transform any outdoor space.
Adding a seating area to your outdoor space makes it feel less like a patio and more like a room. By treating these areas the same way you would when decorating indoors, you can create warm and inviting spaces that carry your interior design to the exterior of your home.
Once you’ve decided on a design aesthetic for your space, look for furniture that has details that speak to your style. For instance, the slight flourish on the arms of this Brown Jordan Coast Cushion Collection Lounge Chair give it a little extra personality. If the Brown Jordan chair is out of your price range, Home Depot’s Hampton Bay Lounge Chairs have very similar detailing in the arms and come packaged as a pair.
For poolside seating, chaise lounges are a popular choice. The modern, boxy design of Frontgate’s Hyde Park Chaise Lounge gives it more visual weight than an open-frame chair, making it seem less like patio-specific furniture; if you enjoy this look, you can also find a nearly identically-styled chair from Target’s Threshold Collection for a fraction of the price. When folded completely flat, both can also double as bench seating!
For smaller seating areas, patio furniture sets that are sold as individual pieces are a good way to customize the set for your specific needs; if you have a larger seating area, it is often cheaper to purchase an entire collection rather than piecing it together. This is true both for buying high-end outdoor furnishings as well as decorating your patio space on a budget.
There is more to an inviting outdoor living space, however, than just the furniture. Like any other living area, the design isn’t complete without accessories. Adding details such as throw pillows and centerpieces will make your seating areas feel more like a continuation of your home’s interior.
A lantern is a good choice for outdoor decorating, providing equal parts form and function as it beautifies your space during the day and adds mood lighting in the evening. Pottery Barn’s Shoreline Ceramic Lattice Lanterns have a unique character that makes them look less outdoorsy than many other lantern designs; World Market’s Lamai Ceramic Lanterns come in a variety of colors and also lend the same charm to your patio sitting area.
Adding a few pillows to your patio furniture instantly gives it a more homey, welcoming feel. Anthropologie’s Ari Medallion Pillow is brightly colored with a Moroccan-inspired pattern that is perfect for creating a lush feel in your outdoor space; if you like that style, Bed Bath & Beyond’s Mabon Toss Pillow comes in a similar pattern and color.
You’ve probably considered plants as part of your landscaping, but working them into your outdoor decor is another option for adding green touches. By adding a few large planters to the space, you can treat them much like you would houseplants in your indoor decor. Additionally, container gardening is a good option for arid climates, as any water added to the plant won’t seep into the surrounding soil.
From traditional to ultra-modern and large to small, the array of available planters these days gives you lots of options no matter what style you prefer. This large urn planter from The Well Appointed House is great for anchoring a space or creating a focal point; Home Depot’s Stone Double Bulbous Urn also offers a similar look.
What are your favorite outdoor decorating tips and ideas?