Summer is almost here. Are you ready? More importantly, is your backyard ready? Nothing says summer quite like an inviting outdoor living space, and many of us panic at the thought of cleaning up debris leftover from the winter months and getting ready for those outdoor soirees with family and friends.
If your backyard is lacking space used for fun and excitement, it’s time to rally the troops to optimize it in time for summer. Here are some award-winning ideas for optimizing your outdoor living space:
1. Call in the professionals
Professionals specializing in providing tips and advice on how to maximize your outdoor space can be hired for assistance. However, this isn’t always a desirable option for homeowners. A potential alternative is to take advantage of free live support offered by many outdoor living outfitters as you continue to refine and improve your space. Representatives are ready to help you put together a sensible plan for your outdoor space.
2. Create ambiance with lighting
Without being an electrician yourself, you can add ambient lighting to your space to make it look and feel more inviting. Why not hang some candlelit sconces to an area above a table to soften the look? Solar lights light the way well when the sun goes down, and they set the stage for wonderful and warm memories with family and friends. Plenty of budget-friendly options exist for creating amazing looks centered around lighting and highlighting.
3. Create multiple sitting areas
The creation of separate areas for conversation, eating and relaxing gives guests options for enjoying themselves at your gathering. The use of outdoor rugs, furniture, and lighting can segment your space, keeping things light and casual. Your guests will appreciate the unique look and feel of your backyard.
4. Why not add a fire pit?
No night is too warm for some delicious smores. Adding a fire pit to your backyard will create a functional gathering point that can add light, heat, and even additional snacks to your party. Choose a built-in or portable design depending on your budget, and watch the party sparks fly.
5. Add some lush greenery
The use of potted and hanging plants in your outdoor space gives it an earthy, homey feel. Vibrant colors of flowers, savory herbs, and other outdoor greenery add ambiance and beauty to your yard.
6. Add some running water
The sound of running water is both calming and mesmerizing. Garden stores across the country abound with options for both portable and permanent fountains and other running water installations. With such a wide array of styles, colors, and price points, you can find a little bit of feng shui to suit any budget.
7. Add tapestries
The use of rugs and pillows help to dress up boring furniture and add a bit of personal flair to your space. Whether you choose a muted theme or vibrant colors and rich orientals, any look you create is bound to be a winner.
8. Remove old shrubs and trees
If you want to optimize your space, consider getting rid of old, dead greenery, shrubs, and trees. Cut back any overgrowth, and make new space for celebration and play. As you clear out space, you make room for new possibilities with regard to spending time outdoors. Let your imagination spark some creative ideas as you see what you can do with all of the additional space.
The possibilities are endless
As you prepare for outdoor life this summer, get excited about all the options you have for personalizing your space and making it an inviting and exciting place to gather. Bring on the summer fun!