Enjoy the Outdoors…
We’ve got spring fever! With the warm weather bringing sunny vibes to our patios, it’s time to get our outdoor spaces ready for bbqs and family fun! Here’s a few tips and some inspiration to getcha thinking spring.
Whether you have a huge yard or a small balcony, making your outdoor space a gathering place is a great way to add square footage for entertaining or enjoy the breeze. Plus, it’s especially useful here in Southern California where the weather is pretty mild all year round! So, if your patio, balcony, or backyard needs some love, and you’re not sure where to start, we always suggest approaching the space just like you would an indoor area. Think comfortable, cozy, and conversational—that means creating a place to gather with furniture that’s inviting while adding in that extra factor of durability. We recommend investing in outdoor furniture that’s going to withstand the elements, so a repurchase isn’t necessary for a long while.
A fun way to get creative with your patio design is to think about the senses. We want to create a space that feels good: Comfortable furniture is a given, but also consider adding in a free-standing fire pit to provide a heat source for evening entertainment.
We want to have an aromatic environment: Fresh flowers, fragrant plants, or trees are a beautiful and natural way to create a relaxing aroma. Plus, they give that real sense of spring!
We also want the area to look good: Lighting that’s warm and adds a cozy feeling is ideal for outside. Market lights, outdoor chandeliers, and lanterns are all excellent options.
Even sound can play a role in making your outdoor space inviting: Installing a sound system or using an outdoor speaker means you can set the mood with your favorite tunes. We also love water features, such as a fountain, to provide a more relaxing and natural sound.
Just like you would accessorize a room inside your home, you can also add details to the outside! An outdoor rug is an easy way to make a big space feel intentional, and in a small area like a balcony, it can make it feel a part of the flow of your home. Outside accessories also have their perks, for example, fresh flowers not only add color but they’ll thrive in their natural habitat—unlike the inside of your home.
When you design an outdoor space, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, things melt outside. This may seem obvious, but don’t leave candles in a space that has direct sunlight. It’s also a good idea to consider what accessories will hold up in the rain, for example, ceramic pieces are always a safe choice that can also add a pop of color to your space. Even antlers or precast concrete can add charm while also being durable accessories. The trick is to keep the details low maintenance that way you don’t need to worry rain or shine! Also, steer clear or gnomes and figurines that may “date” your design down the line.
As spring continues to bloom and soon turns into summer, we hope these tips will help you get your outdoor space ready to be enjoyed! Remember to be creative and have fun with it. Thanks for reading!