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As we're all aware, the sun is here to stay-- thank God. Whether we're entertaining small groups of people or even just hosting a casual family dinner, most of us are finding ourselves spending as much time outside as possible. No matter the size of your space, there is always something you can do to create an oasis. Here are some of our tips to help create the breezy outdoor living environment that we all crave. Enjoy!
- Layer your design. Whether it be the boxwoods that line your walkway or the planters that flank your back door, layering different plants, textures, and colors will create a cohesive and sophisticated look that you're sure to love.
- Use outdoor rugs. This may seem obvious, but a lot of people shy away from outdoor rugs. Don't be scared of the elements-- with proper care, a nice outdoor rug can withstand sun, rain, and whatever else Mother Nature throws at us.
- Keep the bugs away. Nobody wants to swat away mosquitos while simultaneously trying to enjoy the warm weather. Place planters of citronella, basil, lavender, or peppermint around your space to repel the pesky summer bugs.
- Appeal to the senses. The best designs evoke your senses. Whether it's a water feature that lightly splashes throughout the day or simply a candle that burns over dinner, pulling together elements that you can hear, touch, see, and smell is vital in every design.
- Keep your layout flexible. Using furniture that's easy to move makes entertaining so much easier. Also, finding pieces that are multifunctional is essential. Ceramic garden stools can double as extra seating and occasional tables.
- Optimize furniture placement. Keep your outdoor dining table close to the kitchen, if possible, to make prep and clean up a breeze.
- Find the right pieces. If your space is on the smaller side, consider more round pieces that don't occupy as much space as their rectangular counterparts.
- Stock up on pillows. There's no such thing as too many pillows, especially when you can simply throw some on your rug and call it extra seating.
- Discover your palette. If you're going for a relaxing, calm look, choose neutrals. If you want poppy and fun, choose brighter colors that reflect the season.
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