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Outdoor Living Design Tips: How to Create a Luxurious Summer Space

Summer is officially in full swing! during this time of year, people tend to feel more drawn to spend time in their outdoor living spaces.. Whether you're working with a sprawling backyard or a cozy balcony, there are many ways to infuse luxury into your outdoor spaces. Today, I will guide you through four key design tips to elevate your outdoor areas, transforming them into chic, comfortable retreats perfect for relaxation for you and the family and/or entertainment with friends this summer.


Outdoor Living Design Tips

1. Establish Comfortable Seating Areas: Comfort is always key in the designs I curate for clients so it comes as no suprise that outdoor spaces are no exception. The foundation of any luxurious outdoor space is comfortable seating. Invest in high-quality outdoor sofas and chairs that not only withstand the elements but also provide the comfort you would expect from indoor furniture. Consider adding plush cushions in weather-resistant fabrics and a variety of throw pillows to create an inviting ambiance. Arranging your seating to encourage conversation and provide beautiful views enhances the overall experience.


2. Integrate Outdoor Rugs and Textiles: In the interior design world, textiles are defined as anything that is woven or made of fabric such as blankets, pillows, etc.  Just like indoors, textiles can significantly elevate the look and feel of outdoor spaces. An outdoor rug can define a seating area and add a touch of warmth and texture underfoot. Opt for rugs made from durable materials designed to resist moisture and sunlight. Adding outdoor curtains can also provide not only privacy but a soft, elegant touch that mimics luxurious indoor settings.


3. Place Lighting Properly to the Exterior: Proper lighting can transform your outdoor space from a basic backyard into a magical evening retreat. Incorporate a mix of lighting options such as solar or LED garden lights, string lights, and lanterns to create a warm, inviting glow once the sun goes down. For functional areas like dining or cooking spaces, think about brighter, more focused lighting to help with entertaining in the evening.


4. Add Greenery and Decorative Elements: It makes sense that your outdoor spaces would have greenery to enhance the luxurious appeal. Plants and flowers are essential in creating a serene and lush outdoor environment. Use a variety of planters and pots to incorporate greenery at different heights and scales. Consider integrating a vertical garden to save space or add an architectural element. Decorative features like water fountains, sculptures, or fire pits not only serve as focal points but also add a sense of luxury and uniqueness.


Creating a luxurious outdoor space is all about blending comfort, style, and functionality. By carefully selecting furniture, incorporating soft textiles, optimizing lighting, and adding unique decorative elements, you can transform any outdoor area into a sumptuous summer haven. Remember, the key to a successful outdoor design is in the details—each element should contribute to a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. Start planning your outdoor makeover today and get ready to enjoy the coming summer months in style!



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