Summer is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get your backyard ready for seasonal fun. With the right furnishings and accent pieces, you can create a defined outdoor living space to enjoy all summer long. To get started, check out these tips from designer Barbara Chandler–and, be sure to take a look at our new collection of patio furniture groups to find the look that’s right for your style.
1. What’s the best place to start when designing an outdoor living space? Consider how you may use the space, sketch out a plan, and include all measurements. Gather inspiration ideas of what you like, decide on a budget, and make a list of your must-have pieces.
2. What are must-haves for an outdoor living space? For me it would be comfortable seating, accent tables or garden stools, an area rug, pillows and throw blanket, friends/family to hang out with.
3. How can readers create an outdoor space they will really love? Decide on the style of furniture you like. Then, come up with a color pallet, choose an area rug with the colors you like, and repeat those colors in the pillows and accessories. Have fun with it; you can always add pieces over the years.
4. Are there specific furniture pieces/items you love to see in backyard designs? From Furniture Row, I really like the St. Teresa Firepit and the St Teresa round end table with ice bucket. For a covered area I love fabric/curtains blowing in the wind and lights strung about, it’s romantic. I love adding a birdbath; it’s so sweet to have a place for them to dip their wings. Mine recently broke, so the search is on.
For even more tips on how to get the most from your outdoor living space, check out this great piece from Home is Here. When the decorating is over, it’s time to enjoy! From hosting cookouts to taking coffee small breaks on a favorite chaise, you will look for any reason to spend time in your new outdoor living space this summer.