Five Ways to Turn Your Garden Into an Outdoor Oasis
With summer now in full swing, it is the ideal time to extend your living space outdoors. But how do you envision your outdoor living space? A plush lounge area surrounded by lush plantings? A sleek, ultra-modern oasis with easy access to the pool? Or an intimate space for daily coffee and conversation?
The confines and topography of your outdoor space will, of course, set the boundaries for your garden living dreams. But from there, you have endless options for making your outdoor space the colorfully quaint or luxuriously decadent space you’ve always wanted. All it should take to get there is by having a clear design vision, and by bringing the following five elements together:
Consider your garden as the most open concept room in your home, ready to have its various functions defined by strategic outdoor furniture placement. And you want to have this open space be one that people can enjoy and relax in for extended periods of time. In this case, the distinctive functionality and comfort of outdoor lounge seating and outdoor dining chairs make it easy to define outdoor dining and lounging areas.
Your larger outdoor seating pieces are also what helps to set the foundation visually for your exterior design scheme. With these pieces, you can establish a design that’s sleek and monochromatic or comfortably plush.
Whether for an intimate cocktail area or outdoor dining for the whole family, tables are the literal centerpieces. While ultimately functional, outdoor coffee or dining tables work in conjunction visually with the seating to convey your design style. More than that, the size of your chosen outdoor table will determine how much seating can fit around it comfortably.
To aid in creating a cohesive look, many outdoor tables are intentionally designed to work with coordinating seating. However, there’s no reason you can’t take this opportunity to mix and match different styles and finishes if your taste tends to the bohemian or otherwise eclectic.
While you may want to enjoy the expansive feel of being outdoors, you do not want to get overheated or sun-burnt in the process. Nor do you want your outdoor furniture to take unnecessary punishment from the elements.
If you have a pergola or some other permanent shade structure already in place, then you’re all set. But perhaps you don’t have a covered space, or you don’t want to limit your outdoor living just to the patio. In that case, a portable umbrella can give you the protection you need and—since they can be placed just about anywhere—the design flexibility you want.
You don’t necessarily want to limit your outdoor living just to the daytime. If chosen correctly, outdoor lighting can both extend the amount of time you can utilize your outdoor space and make it feel even more magical and intimate after the sun sets. Imagine swags of string lights or a unique garland of modern lanterns providing a warm swath of ambiance across your garden dining or lounging space.
Meanwhile, you can’t forget more functional landscape lighting. Purposefully placed landscape lighting should help you to establish the boundaries of your outdoor living spaces after dark, highlight impressive plantings and other details in your yard and ensure safety.
As with your interior spaces, the right accessories really help to pull a cohesive design together. They work to strategically fill in blank spots and give a modern outdoor space a sense of personality as well as style. Give a lounge area extra color and comfort with plenty of outdoor throw pillows. Or bring more softening greenery to your garden’s hardscapes with planters large or small.
It’s true. With just five elements, you can create your ideal outdoor space. By starting with larger tables and seating, you set the foundation for your modern garden. Then from there, the addition of shade structures, lighting and other accessories will make that space one you can continually enjoy, day or night.
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