Story By Kate Duckworth, Interior Designer
Photos By Grant Duckworth Photography
One thing this past year has taught us is that our personal living spaces are more important than ever. With so much time spent at home, many are eager to make their outdoor spaces summer-ready. Here are some tips for making your outdoor living spaces more inviting, accommodating and enjoyable.
-When buying furniture, look for versatile pieces that can serve multiple purposes. (For example, a coffee table that has storage or a side table that can double as an extra seat.)
-Add a grouping of candles to set the mood (citronella candles can double as an insect repellent).
-Store or cover outdoor cushions and umbrellas when not in use to protect from dirt and fading.
-Don’t have a green thumb but want greenery? Use faux plants in outdoor planters.
-Choose solid colors for outdoor pillows and add a monogram for a custom touch.
-When using multiple outdoor rugs, consider using the same pattern on all to make the space feel more cohesive.
-Outdoor rugs are easy to maintain: simply power wash and let dry.
-Swivel chairs are a great option for seating because they allow you to face the action coming from any direction.
-Add pendent lights or a string of lights to help define spaces and add ambiance.
-For a simple, intimate gathering space, group four chairs around a coffee table or fire pit, perfect for enjoying evening cocktails or s’mores.
-Consider incorporating a raised hearth at your fireplace or add benches on either side to serve as additional seating.
-Painting the porch ceiling can add southern charm, repel insects and brighten the space after dark.