5 Tips for Decorating Your Outdoor Space

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Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to move your entertainment out of the house and into the great outdoors! It’s the time of porches and patios, and we couldn’t be more excited to enjoy summer nights out with plenty of friends, family and pets too! Here are our top five tips for creating an inviting outdoor space.

5 Tips for Decorating Your First Home

Shown here: Mackie Throw Blanket in Brown & Ivory, Renee Pillow in Ivory, Manuel Pillow in Light Blue, Kaylee Pillow in Navy & Ivory, Jana Pillow in Ivory & Black, Michael Pillow in Blue

1. Start with the Basics

First and foremost, this outdoor space needs to provide shelter from the outdoor elements you can’t control. If your home’s roof doesn’t already cover your patio space, there are alternative ways to create protection and remain stylish. Choose a classic patio umbrella in a classic color for a budget-friendly solution. If you’re looking to invest in a long term piece, a pergola or gazebo is a great option.

5 Tips for Decorating Your First Home

Shown here: Warwick Rug in Azure & Grey, Mackie Throw Blanket in Grey & Ivory, Renee Pillow in Ivory, Isabelle Pillow White & Light Blue, Evan Pillow in White, Jana Pillow in Ivory & Black

2. Bring the Indoors Out

The best thing to remember when designing your outdoor space is that this area should be an extension of your home’s interior. Continue the theme and aesthetic of your home to the outdoors for a seamless transition. The easiest way to do this? An outdoor rug. A comfortable rug underfoot insures makes your outdoors space feel inviting and anchors the space. Indoor/outdoor rugs are perfect for patios and porches because they are resistant to UV rays, mildew and mold. Looking to add some sophistication to your outdoor space? The Magnolia Home Warwick Rug by Joanna Gaines in Black & Silver features an intricate tribal pattern that creates interest and depth. The Jaipur Peninsula Rug from Coastal Resort Collection in White & Blue adds in bright color and pattern to bring life into your outdoor area. Place an indoor/outdoor rug in your outdoor space and rest assured that they can handle the elements.

5 Tips for Decorating Your First Home

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3. Remember Scale

Even in a small outdoor space, don’t be afraid to use large scale pieces. Fewer, but larger items make a small space feel bigger. The space begins to feel cluttered with a lot of smaller furniture pieces and accents. So add in oversized pillows on a sofa or large planters to create a larger and more inviting space.

5 Tips for Decorating Your First Home

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4. Light it Up

Just like in any other room of your house, lighting can make or break the space. Gold-accented lighting and bright lighting pieces create a welcoming atmosphere long after the sun has set. Arteriors carries an extensive collection of damp-rated lighting that are perfect for your covered outdoor space. For lighting overhead, select a pair of pendant lights to brighten up an outdoor table. The Arteriors Lighting Kaelyn Pendant is sleek and modern, while the Arteriors Lighting Ramirez Pendant is more elegant and sophisticated. Another option for overhead lighting is a chandelier. A stunning chandelier on your covered patio is a way to upgrade the space and make the space truly feel like an extension of your home. The Arteriors Lighting Geoffrey Mini Chandelier features a wood ring and rusted iron chains, making it the perfect piece for a rustic-inspired outdoor porch or patio. For wall lighting, there are plenty of wall-mounted sconces to choose from. The Arteriors Lighting Dominick Sconce features smoke glass for a dreamy ambience. If your outdoor space is completely open with no option for hanging, place floor or table lamps around the space to accommodate.

5 Tips for Decorating Your First Home

Shown here: Warwick Rug in Black and Silver

5. Accessorize your Space

Your outdoor furniture grounds the space, but accent pieces make the space feel more like a home with added character. Splashes of color with candles, pillows, dishes and trays bring the area together cohesively. Stuck for inspiration? Bring natural elements in like potted plants, flowers or greenery to accent your surroundings.

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