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June 25, 2019

4 min


5 Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Carla Jordan

Strategist & Writer

Patio lit by Berryhill lanterns and a Kichler outdoor fan

Warm weather is finally here. Time to head outside to play, relax and hang out with family and friends. Whether you have a large patio or a small balcony, we can help you create an outdoor space that will invite all who enter to sit and stay for a while.

A well-crafted outdoor space should be an extension of the inside of your home with the same thought and attention to detail applied to it.

Patio during the day with Morelle chandelier.
1. Dine fine

If you’re among the 47% of Americans who entertain outdoors at least once a month, make this the year to take things up a notch. In this beautiful outdoor dining area, guests are seated at a rustic chic table and chairs with a mid-century modern vibe. Overhead, the Morelle 5 light chandelier adds a modern touch with an x-frame style, clean lines and a black and faux Bamboo wood finish. Morelle provides warm ambiance and functionality to this outdoor space and with the firepit steps away, your guests are sure stay cozy.

Ahrendale Outdoor Ceiling Fan in patio with lush greenery
Patio lifestyle with lemons and drinks on table.
2. Time travel

Past generations were into front porches and now we are too, having discovered the connection that a space like this creates to the world outside, especially in our immediate neighborhoods. With its showstopper wainscot ceiling, comfy woven furniture and industrial-inspired Ahrendale LED outdoor ceiling fan this front porch rolls out the welcome mat in style.

Coastal patio at dusk.
3. Cozy up

To transform a small balcony or deck into a relaxing retreat, go big. Although seemingly counter-intuitive, this space shows how well the concept works. A large sofa delivers as much seating as three chairs but creates less visual clutter, tricking the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is. Double-duty decor like an ottoman (for feet or seat) and a Montego portable LED lantern, with a built-in BlueTooth® speaker that syncs music from compatible devices, fit the “less is more” strategy.

Palisades pendant in pack patio with sectional and dog.
Lantern in patio space at night.
4. Naturally Relaxing

Dramatic tent draping, exotic teak furniture and kilim accent pillows infuse this patio with global intrigue, especially at night when illuminated by pendant lights with natural wicker shades in interesting shapes.

Backyard patio with firepit.
5. Channel your inner “glamper” 

Sitting on a rock around a flickering campfire pales when compared to comfy Adirondack chairs that encircle a flickering stone pit fire. Path lights create a safe, softly lit route for s’mores seekers to traverse.

When decorating, remember to only use items specified for the outdoors. Look for fade resistant and water-proof fabrics. Ceiling fans and light fixtures should be rated for outdoor use with finishes and hardware designed to withstand tough weather.

With the wide variety of exterior decor now available, it’s easier than ever to create outdoor living space so inviting that it makes going outside the best part of your day or night.

Ready to create your outdoor oasis?

Visit our Outdoor Living page to get started.

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About the Author

Carla Jordan

Strategist & Writer

Carla's career has been about creating communication programs that use "purposeful storytelling" in unique, effective ways for companies.