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4 Musts for Outdoor Living Décor

Posted by Daltile Team on May 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM

As summer approaches, it’s time to get your outdoor living spaces ready for Sunday morning coffee on the porch, afternoons in the sun with a book, and Fourth of July entertaining.

If making your outdoor living spaces a paradise is your mission, then you are in luck. Here are some outdoor décor ideas that will set your spaces apart.

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Color

The best thing about picking your outdoor décor color scheme is that you’re far more willing to go for bold and bright colors than you are inside the house. If you love coral and turquoise but just weren’t brave enough to go with that scheme in the kitchen remodel, the great outdoors welcomes your creativity. Tropical brights in floral prints is perfectly acceptable in your outdoor décor.

On the other hand, if you want to carry the monochrome theme of the house forward to the outdoors. That works too. More and more homeowners are creating outdoor spaces that are extensions of the indoor space. Open a door and let the dining room expand to have an alfresco element. Off-whites and beiges work best in this scheme since white or black are hard to keep clean outside.

Furnishings

Like we said, outdoor spaces are most often an extension of the indoor space and you should furnish outdoor spaces likewise. Make the patio another living room. A sofa, lamp, coffee table, etc. makes things feel homey and comfortable.

Worried about how the weather affects all this? Maybe a sofa isn’t the best idea outside. But wicker isn’t your favorite look either. Try sturdy, permanent outdoor furniture. It generally has a foundation and removable cushions and pillows. It looks more like traditional furniture that you might see inside the house, but is highly cleanable and stands up to the summer sun as well as it does to the winter freeze.

Get creative with furnishings. You can do things a little differently outside and get away with it. For example: a day bed in the living room might not fly, but on the patio it’s a plush reading nook that doubles as a sofa.

Work the flea market for anything coffee table height and size like an old trunk or suitcase. An oversized pouf with a flat top, wood stumps, ottoman, and small stackable stools can function as tables or seating. A porch swing or hammock is also an acceptable seating item that you could get creative with in your outdoor space.

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Shade

Making shade in your outdoor spaces is a necessity. You can make shade a statement in style too. Patio umbrellas, awnings, and canopies can add that pop of color or pattern that makes your outdoor space festive. Sails are a unique option that doesn’t take up real estate on the patio itself.

Trees are the ideal shade, but you can get the same effect with other plants as well. Climbing plants on a pergola or trellis can eventually provide shade.

Build a more permanent structure like a pavilion or beach house with open sides, or a sunroom where you can enjoy the outdoors but have a solid roof overhead.

Lighting

Lighting sets the mood for your outdoor living once the sun goes down. Some twinkle lights are a must. Try Chinese lanterns, rustic chandeliers, or Mason jar craft lighting for accent lighting that also adds some style.

There’s no lighting more romantic for a summer evening than firelight. A fireplace, candles, or gas sconces are a great addition. Oil-fueled torches come in all shapes and sizes and you’re sure to find one that fits your patio design.

Don’t forget solar powered lighting and accents, especially if your outdoor space isn’t wired for electricity. You’d be surprised at the stylish options available to boost your outdoor space.

For more inspired ideas check out our Take It Outside! Pinterst board.

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