Summer is just around the corner and the shops are brimming with beautiful home decor pieces that are inspired by sunshine and beaches. It’s easy to get carried away and plaster your home with themed decor because it’s a new season, but don’t forget to liven up your outdoor spaces too. After all, the majority of the next few months is going to be spent soaking up the sun, breathing in the fresh air, and lazing in backyard hammocks.
It’s exciting to think about all the ways you can spruce up your outdoor decor for parties and barbecue events. Here are five ways to bring your outdoor space to life so it can be enjoyed throughout the summer season.
Don’t Skimp on the Lighting
Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your indoor space. And think about all of those beautiful summer evenings you can spend on the patio on in the backyard. While the sun shines longer in the summer, it gets pretty dark when it finally dips below the horizon. You need some awesome lighting to take the party from day to night. Think about lighting that does double duty: torches that are filled with citronella to keep the mosquitos at bay; fire pits that can act as both mood lighting and can help keep you and your guests warm. Don’t forget about patio lighting for your stairs and walkways: safety first. Plus, they are gorgeous!
Liven Up Your Senses
If you like to entertain then you know that the perfect scent can change the mood of any room. Don’t forget that rule for your outdoor spaces too. A lightly scented candle or diffuser can help ground a space. It is important to be mindful of your guests: people may be in the presence of oils and allergies can kick up. Choose essential oils that don’t irritate allergies, and your guests will appreciate the effort.
Throw Pillows and Blankets
Spending a warm summer evening on the patio furniture is a favorite pastime of many people. Not only does an evening under the stars make for a great date, but it also makes for a great social gathering. People love to spend time outside. But be prepared for cooler evenings with beautiful outdoor throw blankets and pillows that can bring people closer together and keep them warm. A few pillows placed by the fire seating, and a warm throw blanket here and there can really add some punch to your decor, as well as help your guests feel welcome long into the evening. Be sure to choose blankets and pillows that are made from outdoor fabric. While not waterproof, they are weatherproof, and do last a lot longer than materials made for indoor use. Keep in mind that outdoor materials are slightly more expensive because of the special nature of their fabrics, so be sure to include the cost of them in your budget when you are planning your new or refreshed outdoor living space.
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