Outdoor space is SOO important to me and with summer finally here, I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks on creating the ULTIMATE outdoor space!! I wait all year long to get out on that patio as it is one of my favourite spots to relax with a coffee, entertain friends or host a dinner party. It’s safe to say that I treat my outdoor space equally as I do my indoor space. So without further ado, let’s get started!!
Every patio space needs to start with a foundation and that foundation is your patio furniture. This is THE most crucial part of any patio and I would say the most difficult to choose. You have to think about what you are using your patio space for. Will you be dining or lounging? Maybe both? There are so many options out there and not every patio has room for what you would like, so definitely choose wisely or get creative!
Tip #1: Invest in good quality patio furniture
I was lucky enough to have been passed down a set of Ratana patio furniture when I bought my first condo. I absolutely LOVED it and when I bought my home in Kelowna I knew I had to have more Ratana furniture. I can’t express how impressed I am with their product!! I have had my Ratana patio furniture for 6 years now and even though they recommend covering the furniture or storing your cushions through the winter, I have NEVER ONCE taken it into storage or covered any of it up! I mean these things have been through years of extreme hot AND cold weather and they still look brand spankin’ new!! You can’t tell me your big box department store patio furniture can last through that! I know good patio furniture can get expensive but it is SO worth it when you can buy such a great quality set like Ratana‘s and not have to worry about replacing it next season. You may want to replace your cushions after a few seasons if they start to fade, or if you want to change colours (opt for off white, as they won’t fade like other bright colours) but that is a fraction of the cost of purchasing an entire new patio set.
PS. This is NOT a sponsored post…I really just want to let you know how absolutely AWESOME Ratana patio furniture is!!!
Tip #2: Bring the indoors out
Now that you’ve got your furniture and you’ve spent a pretty penny on it, it’s time to decorate this space without breaking the bank. This is when I hit the local thrift stores, and neighbourhood garage sales to find hidden gems like old mirrors, chandeliers, vases and other inexpensive antiques that you won’t mind getting weathered. These inexpensive indoor pieces will transform the look and feel of your space creating a unique and interesting ambiance for you and your guests.
Tip #3: Make it cozy
Add extra cozy indoor vibes by having plenty of throws and pillows on or around your furniture. I like to have one throw across each sofa with a few accent pillows and a few more blankets stored in baskets or wooden crates close by. Changing up the pillows and throws is another inexpensive way to change up the look of your patio from season to season. Another great addition is an outdoor rug … you can find some really nice ones at wayfair.com or if you’re lucky you might find an old used one at your local thrift store.
Tip #4: Fake it until you make it
Whether you have a lush garden surrounding your patio, or no greenery at all…I always recommend sprucing up the space with some plants. My secret…artificial boxwoods!! I bought some of the boxwood balls from overstock.com and they stay outside on my patio all year long. Once they start to fade or change colour, all I do is spray them with a fresh coat of Design Master Colour Tool spray (I use the ‘Basil’ colour) and voila!! Good as new! (Looks like I need to spray the one in the pic below..OOPS! lol)
Tip #5: It’s ok to mix it up
It’s always nice to create a more eclectic feel in your outdoor space, this makes it easy to bring in a variety of artwork or unique vintage pieces that don’t need to match. Whether you’re mixing metals with wood or finding new or salvaged items, it’s totally ok to mix it up just find a balance with your decor.
Tip #6: It’s all about the lighting
It really is!! You can make any outdoor space magical with some good lighting. My advice is to layer different types of lighting throughout the space. String cafe lights, candle lit lanterns, maybe even some standing lanterns. You can also find some awesome solar powered lights that won’t drive up your utility bill and are cordless!
Well my loves, that pretty much wraps up my tips for creating the ultimate outdoor living space. I hope you can put some of these tips to use this summer and when you do…have a drink for me because I won’t be able to until next summer 🙁
If you have any tips or tricks for me…I’d love to hear them in the comments below!!