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How to Create the Outdoor Space of Your Dreams

Renee Valdes
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Patio furniture

Get ready for outdoor entertaining by creating a retreat right outside your door. Whether it’s your backyard or your front porch, it will become your most-lived and most-loved space to relax, unwind and escape.

Your private oasis will be a gathering place filled with memories, especially when family, friends and neighbors come over to enjoy it.

Here’s how to get started with decor for your outdoor space.


Step 1: Outdoor fireplace

Start with outdoor heating

Imagine entertaining or chilling out by the warmth of a fire. A built-in stone fireplace becomes the focal point of any outdoor room when it anchors your space. It also means spending more time outdoors, including cooler spring nights and of course, during fall. 

Many fireplace kits come with sturdy installation blocks that fit together for easy installation. For smaller spaces, try fire pits or compact fireplaces, such as chimeneas. Outdoor patio heaters also work to keep a larger area warm.


Step 2: Add an outdoor rug

Throw down a rug

Define your space with an durable outdoor rug to handle people and paw traffic. When you keep things neutral, you can bring on the color with the rest of your decor.

Outdoor rugs clean in a snap; just wipe down with soap and water. Most rugs made for outdoor spaces come with skid-resistant backing so they won’t slide around, and UV protection means they’re also fade-resistant. 


Step 3: furniture

Add outdoor lounge furniture

Sink into a cozy couch or an arm chair with an ottoman and enjoy lazy days hanging outdoors. All-weather patio furniture withstands the elements so even if it gets splashed with rain or sun, the fabrics will repel water and resist fading. If your outdoor space has no covering, you can always add a pergola or patio umbrella for shade and protection.

The set featured above, part of the Spring Haven patio collection, is just one of the several that allows you to create and customize your outdoor furniture and fabrics, including Sunbrella fabric in many colors. For a more economical plan, try expanding to your collection over time, adding side tables and an ottoman as your budget allows.

Check out our patio furniture buying guide to see types and material comparisons side-by-side.


Step 4 Outdoor space of dreams

Turn up the ambience

Switch on the mood lighting by hanging some string or cafe lights. You’ll savor the atmosphere so much more with warm and inviting lighting. 

Weather proof string lights keep your space lit with a warm glow. Many sets allow you to connect multiple strands together so you can string lights across or around your entire space. Though string and cafe lighting doesn’t use much power, you could choose string lighting with LED bulbs for greater energy savings and increased durability.


Step 5: Create space of your dreams

Add your accessories

Put the finishing touches on your space with comfy outdoor throw pillows. Add some additional mood lighting with lanterns and tiki torches. Fill your lanterns with regular or LED candles. Some LED candles come with easy automatic timers and remote controls. 

Now all you need to do is place some greenery and flowers around. Try caladiums for color (away from the fire of course) or cut fresh flowers. Add plants such as palms, succulents and cacti for a filled in look.


Step 6: Create Space of Dreams

Put your feet up

When your space is complete, light up your fireplace and get ready to relax and enjoy your ultimate outdoor retreat. 


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