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Summertime is the optimal season to spend time outside, lounging in your outdoor space. Whether your outdoor area is an apartment balcony or a backyard patio, it is important to utilize the space so you can fully enjoy the warm summer months. If you’re looking for ways to transform your outdoor space into an oasis this summer, here are some inspiring ideas for you to consider.
Comfortable and stylish outdoor seating is vital to have in your outdoor space. This can range from large sectionals to patio chairs. If you really want to be able to relax and put your feet up, you could choose a chaise or lounge chair for it. Or, if you enjoy swinging in the shade, a hammock or porch swing could be a great place for you to read a good book or take a nap. Other outdoor seating options include benches, dining sets, or bar seats. There are many different materials for seating available, including wicker, teak, metal, and wood. To make your outdoor seating even more comfortable and chic, decorate with weatherproof pillows and cushions. Lastly, make sure your outdoor seating is located under shaded areas so your guests can stay cool on hot days.
One of the highlights of summertime is barbecuing with friends and family. Therefore, your outdoor space should have an area where you can spend time cooking food for guests and family. Your outdoor space could have a custom BBQ station, perfect for grilling burgers and hot dogs. Or, you could go a step further and acquire a built-in kitchen, complete with counter space, a sink, gas grill, and beverage refrigerator. Some built-in kitchens even have a bar with seating. Don’t forget to add a designated dining area where people can eat and enjoy themselves.
Any outdoor space can be updated by employing greenery and other natural elements. Bring in greenery to the area by using custom planters and flower boxes. Hanging plants add aerial greenery and can be something beautiful to look at. Trendy plants can add a fun element to your outdoor space, as well as a great centerpiece to a table or countertop. Another natural element you could incorporate into your space is fire—in the form of a fire pit or fireplace. Fire pits and fireplaces are often made from stone, brick, metal, or concrete. Some popular types of fire pits and fireplaces include wood burning, propane, gel fuel, and natural gas. Including natural elements into the design of an outdoor space can elevate and transform it into an impressive escape.
Lighting an outdoor area can do wonders for it at night. Plus, you won’t have to worry about tripping on the ground or using your phone’s flashlight to see at night. Guests will be able to enjoy being outdoors late into the night, instead of turning in early. Incorporate table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, landscape lighting, flush mounts, and wall lights to illuminate the ground and other details and create a luxurious ambiance at night.
Oftentimes, it is necessary to create privacy in your outdoor space, to separate the area from neighbors or prying eyes. There are a variety of ways to create privacy in an outdoor space, including by using a screen, planting a hedge or vines, or by putting in a fence. Another way to create privacy is by designing shaded sections with cabanas or umbrellas. Plus, the shade is always needed and nice to have during the hot summer months. Shaded portions can also be constructed by installing gazebos, pergolas, canopies, or awnings.
Pools provide the perfect place to unwind and refresh. They offer a spot to cool off in the water, or even to swim laps for exercise. It’s also nice to be able to lay out poolside, enjoying the views of the water while getting some vitamin D. The great thing about pools is that they can be custom built, whether you’re in need of a hot tub or a larger pool with a waterfall feature.
These 6 ideas can help transform and elevate your outdoor space this summer. You’ll be able to truly enjoy your balcony, patio, deck, backyard, or front or back porch this summer, rather than wasting the space. Once your dream outdoor space is finished, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the fresh air and sun, with a drink in hand.
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