How to Create an Inviting Outdoor Space

How to Create an Inviting Outdoor Space

I write this on 1st July 2024 when finally we have had a little sunshine, it's not quite here as I write this blog post but it's a start.  Arguably it's a little late to be telling you how to get your outdoor space ready for Summer. but as it has rained for what seems like forever I think we are all late to this Summer party.  

As the weather warms up, there’s nothing better than spending time outside. Whether you have a spacious garden, a courtyard or a small balcony, creating an inviting outdoor space can extend your living area and provide a perfect spot for relaxation and entertaining.

Here’s some quick ways on how you can transform your outdoor space.
Define the Space - Creating zones.   
Dining Area: Set up a table and chairs for alfresco meals. If space allows, consider an outdoor dining set with enough seating for family and friends.
Lounge Area: Incorporate comfortable seating like outdoor sofas, chairs, or a hammock for lounging. 
Garden Corner: Dedicate a part of your space to greenery. Use planters, vertical gardens, or even a small herb garden to add life and color.

Use Rugs and Mats:
Outdoor rugs can help define different areas and add a touch of comfort and style. Choose weather-resistant materials that can withstand the elements. Ruggable is a great option to look at for outdoor rugs.  

Comfortable and Stylish Seating
Opt for furniture that is both comfortable and durable. Materials like teak, metal, and all-weather wicker are great choices for outdoor use.
Add cushions and throws for extra comfort. Look for outdoor fabrics that are UV and water-resistant.

Create Cozy Corners:
Arrange seating in a way that encourages conversation. Group chairs and sofas around a focal point, like a coffee table or fire pit.

Layered Lighting:
Use a mix of lighting options to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. String lights, lanterns, and solar-powered garden lights are excellent for adding ambiance.
Consider pathway lights.

Highlight Key Features:
Use spotlights to highlight plants, trees, or architectural features. This not only adds beauty but also creates depth and interest in your space.

Add Greenery
Plants and Flowers:
Incorporate a variety of plants to add color and texture.  
I use pots for colour and annual flowering plants.  I tend to plant hardy evergreens throughout my garden to make sure there is greenery all year around. Consider faux options for a living wall or to add texture in areas where there is very little light.  

Vertical Gardens:
If space is limited, vertical gardens are a great way to maximize greenery. Use wall-mounted planters or trellises with climbing plants.

Decorative Items
Add personality with decorative items like outdoor art, mirrors, and sculptures. Choose pieces that reflect your style and withstand outdoor conditions.

Functional Accessories:
Don’t forget practical accessories like an outdoor bar cart, storage boxes for cushions and throws, and side tables for convenience.

Weather Protection:
Install a shade solution like an umbrella, pergola, or retractable awning to protect against the sun and light rain.
Consider a fire pit or outdoor heater for cooler evenings, extending the usability of your outdoor space into the colder months.

Outdoor Kitchen:
If you enjoy cooking, consider adding an outdoor kitchen or barbecue area. E

Entertainment Setup:
Create an entertainment zone with outdoor speakers, a projector for movie nights, or even a game area with lawn games or a small pool.

Creating an inviting outdoor space is all about blending comfort, style, and functionality. With thoughtful planning and a few key pieces from your local lifestyle store, you can transform any outdoor area into a personal retreat perfec