Making a Space Outdoors

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

We last covered noticing the patterns in your outdoor space, and ways to think about adding new ones through materials and landscaping. Today I thought it would be fun to talk about how you can bring the indoors out to create an outdoor room. We like to think of our yard as an extension of our home, and to decorate it like we would any other space—just keeping in mind the restrictions of materials due to weather.

When choosing furniture to your outdoor space consider vintage wicker or metal pieces that have unique patterning in their forms.  These materials have a nice history of being used outdoors and so you can find amazing pieces at flea markets, eBay, and even Craigslist. There are so many great options for outdoor furniture these days, so we encourage you to explore materials, textures, and shape. 

Once you’re ready to start adding in more accessories remember this is a place to have fun and experiment as you’re more likely to change things seasonally or bring things in and out of your home when entertaining.

You’ll want to consider fabrics specially made for outdoor use so think about how you plan to use the space.  Outdoor fabrics are mildew, sun, and stain resistant which is really important if you plan to leave things outdoors as other fabrics are just not meant for this kind of exposure.  There are definitely fewer options in the outdoor fabric arena than for indoors, but you can always mix in regular fabrics on pieces you’ll be bringing in and out such as throws, tablecloths, napkins, pillows, and more. 

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