Everyone enjoys time spent outside on a lovely, comfortable patio—whether that means starting your morning out with a cup of coffee and a book, inviting friends over for a dinner party, or enjoying a sunny brunch outside (mimosas necessary). With summer close, we’re getting our outdoor spaces prepped for the fun times that are inevitable soon! In the spirit of summer, we wanted to share a few tips on how to create the perfect outdoor design.

1. Create Dimension

Don’t be afraid to use the walls and ceilings in your outdoor space. If you only use furniture on a patio and don’t build up a little, your area can look flat. Giving your outdoor design some dimension will make the space feel whole.

2. Keep It Au Naturel

Using elements of nature in your outdoor design is sure to give it life. Whether you love having flowers around, tending to a garden, or prefer low maintenance plants, use them! It keeps a space fresh and happy. Or, if the area allows, try adding a water or fire feature. Who doesn’t love listening to a gurgling fountain or a crackling fire?

3. Get Comfortable

If your patio is a place where you plan on spending a lot of time, take the time to think about what will make the area feel most comfortable for you. For some, that means an added screen for privacy. Maybe it means adding a sunshade to protect you from the hot summer sun. Remember, when it comes to furniture, you always want to err on the side of comfort.

4. Create Ambiance

In the heat of summer, you may find yourself wanting to reserve patio time for the evenings when you can beat the heat. Lights have the power to transform your space in the later hours of the day. Whether that means candles, lanterns, or strung lights, be sure to add a little sparkle to your outdoor area for those perfect summer nights.

5. Perfectly Prepped for Entertaining

One of the greatest things about the outdoors is the ability it gives us to entertain. Maybe you plan on having your girlfriends over for dinner parties, or perhaps you’re excited about enjoying an amazing homemade Saturday brunch with your husband. Regardless of your patio space, make sure you have a table to set down your morning latte or evening glass of wine!

6. All in the Details

One of the best tips to keep in mind is that it’s the small personal touches you add to an outdoor design that complete the look. The throw pillows and blanket you put on the sitting bench, the woven rug, the little pretties you keep out on the table—those personal touches make a space complete. Review your outdoor space to decide what particular aspects you’d like to add. Get in touch if you are ready to use these tips and create the perfect outdoor design for you.

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