Summer calls for spending time outside and enjoying the warm, sunny days and cool, evening breezes. You don’t have to go far to enjoy everything the season has to offer. With a few key pieces of furniture, some simple design tricks, and a bit of enthusiasm, you can turn your porch, patio, or deck into an outdoor sitting area where you and your family can relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Start With Seating
Think of your outdoor sitting area as an outdoor living room. Comfortable seats that can accommodate family and friends are the key to its success as a relaxing space.
The layout of your sitting area depends on the furniture and the amount of space you have. There are generally four types of patio furniture – wicker, resin, metal or wood. I like wicker and Adirondack chairs for their style. It may take a bit of maintenance to keep them spruced up, but their style makes it worth it to me. If you’re looking for hassle-free durability, rust-free metal furniture or resin pieces are the way to go.
If your patio or deck lacks space, you can still have a sitting area by choosing an alternative to a full patio set. A hammock, for example, is convenient to set up in your outdoor area and allows you to lounge around and enjoy the warm season. The flat armrests of Adirondack chairs also serve as a place to set a down a drink or plate if you don’t have room for a table. You can also use an ottoman or a long bench for a cozy design that doesn’t take up too much space. Round it all out with a table and you’re good to go!
Style With Accessories
Now that you have the basic furniture for your outdoor sitting area, the next step is to add some style and personal flourishes using accessories.
Keep it comfy
Summer is all about relaxation, and the way you accessorize your outdoor sitting area reflects that. Pull the outdoor space together and make it a bit more inviting with outdoor rugs and cushy pillows in bright, summery colors.
When choosing a rug, make sure it is easy to clean and resistant to mold. Adding a rug will give your alfresco area a lived-in look that lasts the entire summer.
Pillows and cushions with removable covers are convenient accessories since you can switch the covers to match the seasons. Removable covers also make for easy laundering.
With these items, sprucing up your outdoor space will be easy, especially from season to season.
Add a touch of nature
Freshen up your outdoor sitting area by decorating it with potted flowers and plants. Line them up along the edges of your porch, patio, or deck to add color to the space.
If you don’t have much room, you can still have plants for your patio without spending much. Get some flowers from the grocery store, pop them in a vase, and place them on your porch table – easy, quick, and convenient.
Fun tip: Just about anything can serve as a container for a bouquet of flowers or potted plant. Hunt around your house for tin cans, colorful old water pitchers or even cracked teapots to create a charming table centerpiece or miniature garden of potted plants. Elements like these are what give your space a bit of inviting personality!
Don’t Forget the Lighting
Once evening falls, your summer outdoor sitting area will be in need of lighting. Candles placed inside mason jars are a great lighting alternative, especially for a relaxing ambiance after dinner. You can also use nautical lanterns and place them around your patio or deck for ambient lighting.
Make it a Place to Entertain Friends
Your newly designed porch, patio, or deck serves not only as a summer sitting room for your family, but also as a place to entertain your friends. Maintain the cleanliness of this outdoor space to make entertaining easier for you. Keeping it clean and orderly gives your guests a place to sit and relax whenever they come over.
With a porch or patio that is always ready for guests, you won’t need to scramble for last-minute décor preparations. A few simple touches like fresh flowers or an addition of string lights or banners will create a cheerful ambiance for you summer gatherings. Bring out a side table to serve as a drinks station, and you’re ready for a fun night with friends!
You can easily design a place for relaxation right on your porch or patio. Make the most of the season and spend your long summer days relaxing in your personal outdoor haven.
This guest post was written by Jennifer Lutz, the resident home décor expert at ChristmasTreeMarket.com. She shares her thoughts about designing your indoor and outdoor spaces on their blog.