I don’t have my own outdoor space (unless a fire escape counts), but I have big plans to spend all summer parked on Grace’s porch with a tall glass of iced tea. Outdoor space in any city comes at a pretty big premium, so we’ve been spending a lot of time talking about exactly how the porch should be decorated. I picked two themes for these round-ups — a colorful version and a more rustic one, and I don’t know which one I like more. (Maybe if I had my own outdoor space, I might just do a little mixing-and-matching!) If you’re looking for some outdoor decorating inspiration, I rounded up all of our favorite outdoor spaces from the sneak peek archives. — Amy A.
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1. Create an outdoor living room — In the summer, your outdoor space probably functions like an extension of your living (or dining) room. Consider creating a flow between the inside of your house and the outside by carrying through some of the same colors or style of decorating.
2. Lighting — Just as you’d consider the placement of a lighting fixture in a room of your home, think about how you want your outdoor space lit. I love the effect of string lights, but if you plan on eating outdoors, you might want to consider more direct lighting. An outdoor chandelier could look pretty fantastic, if you have a covered area.
3. Create a focal point — Use an oversized planter or large piece of furniture to create a central focal point in your outdoor space.
4. Create conversation zones — If you like to entertain outdoors, create zones where different groups of people can gather to chat — two or three chairs placed next to each other, seating around a fire pit or a taller table for someone to rest their drink on while talking to the grill master!
5. Decorate for comfort — Outdoor pillows and throws can do more than just add pops of color to the space! They’re also perfect snuggle material if your summer nights are a little on the cool side.