Open-Air Entertaining: 8 Ways to Revolutionize Your Outdoor Space
South Florida sees the sun over 200 days out of the year. With all that sunshine, why not set up your outdoor space as a comfortable place to entertain?
You can enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors without having to go to the park. Even better, you can set your space up how you like it with your favorite amenities and comforts.
Looking for ideas? Check out these fantastic ways of revolutionizing your outdoor space.
1. Outdoor Fireplace or Firepit
What better way to spend a pleasant evening than roasting marshmallows in your backyard? Firepits can be as simple as a few rocks in a circle up to elaborate pieces that will wow your guests.
If you prefer to enclose your fire, consider a fireplace instead. These pieces are similar to what you might expect to see in a cozy living room or study. They serve to make your outdoor space feel more like a gathering place.
It’s also a great way to enjoy a fireplace in a warm climate where an indoor fireplace would be somewhat impractical.
2. Outdoor TV
Televisions tend to end up being a focal point in many homes. It can be great fun to have your friends over for a movie night or to watch the game. Take your outdoor space up a notch by adding a TV.
You’ll have to install it correctly, of course, to protect it from the weather. There are several stylish and practical options you can take advantage of to keep it safe from the elements.
With an outdoor TV, you don’t have to worry about cramming everyone into your home to watch the Superbowl. Either everyone can be outside or you can have the game on in both your living room and your outdoor space for double the fun!
3. Outdoor Dining
Enjoying a meal outdoors is a pleasant way to wind down after a long day.
With new technology and materials, an outdoor dining space doesn’t have to be a simple picnic table. You can set up full dining sets in your backyard that are just as elegant and comfortable as your indoor one.
From rustic to contemporary you can find the perfect dining set to complement your outdoor decor.
4. Outdoor Kitchen
Of course, if you’re going to enjoy your meal outside, wouldn’t it make sense to prepare it out there as well? Set your dining space up alongside your outdoor kitchen and you can chat with your guests while preparing a feast.
You can do something simple like a sink and a countertop for preparing foods. Set up a grill and you have everything you need for a delicious barbeque party. Or you can get fancy and install a full kitchen, complete with a refrigerator and dishwasher!
The sky is the limit when it comes to designing your outdoor kitchen. Well, and your space and budget, of course.
Read more here to learn about the benefits of an outdoor kitchen and to get some excellent design ideas!
5. Water Features
There is something soothing about the sound of flowing water. If you want your backyard space to be a true oasis where you can de-stress, you need a water fountain–even if it’s a small one.
There are so many designs to pick from, it can seem overwhelming at first. Focus on the atmosphere that you want to create and go from there.
Do you want a rustic look? You could build a fountain from stones or river rock. Prefer something a little more upscale? Opt for an elegant statue. You can make your fountain an eye-catching centerpiece or make your guests work to find the source of the sound.
It’s completely up to you!
6. Balance Your Design
Be sure that whatever design elements you choose work for the space. You don’t want to cram so much into the space that it is no longer comfortable to spend time there.
In small backyards, think vertical with your decor. Include cubbies and innovative storage options to make good use of the space that you have.
If your space is larger, you can get more elaborate and install a kitchen and dining area. Think about whether you want to add a deck or stick with a concrete patio.
Whatever elements you choose, just make sure they work with your space.
7. Lattice Screen
Do you live close to your neighbors? You might love your neighbors, but that doesn’t mean you want them to be in your business during a romantic dinner for two!
A lattice screen is a great way to add a bit more privacy to a close-quarters backyard. Plant some climbing flowers at the bottom and in no time you’ll have a lovely divide full of bright blooms.
You can also use a screen to hide something unsightly. For example, your compost pile or trash bins…or your neighbor’s unkempt backyard.
8. Throws and Pillows
Would you like to freshen the look of your outdoor space? Maybe you just want to give it a simple update. Or you might prefer the option to change up the look with the changing seasons.
This is where small decor items like throws and pillows come into play. Have some fun picking out the perfect accents for your outdoor space. The right decor can completely change the atmosphere of your patio and this is an inexpensive way to do it!
Time to Update Your Outdoor Space
We hope these ideas have gotten you started thinking about what you can do with your outdoor space. If you’ve got it, there’s no reason not to take advantage of it when the weather is nice!
Are you looking for a new home altogether? Feel free to browse our listings to find the perfect home–and outdoor space–for you!