Before you trick out your patio for the summer, we’re going to use some advice that we once got from a hair stylist: you have to start with what’s inside your head. If you want to extend your indoor style to the outdoors, you have to change the way you think. Shed the baggage of the past and embrace a new world of possibilities! Once you get in touch with what you really want from your porch or patio, you’re ready to make it a reality.
Start with the big picture. What’s the style you’re looking for, and what do you want to do? Are you feeling like kicking back with a cocktail and freshly pressed linen pants on a patio set with South Beach chic, or do you want to entertain in a more traditional outdoor setting, with Adirondack chairs and wood tables? Maybe you just want to come home from work and sink into a space that gives you a sinful amount of plush decadence that you’ll never want to leave. Whatever is most important to you, hold on to that image and let’s start talking specifics.
The furniture is going to be a focal point, so don’t hesitate to look for what you really want. Corrosion-resistant metals, resin wicker, all-weather finishes, and moisture-proof, fade-resistant fabrics make almost any style possible for your climate. If you like to watch sports or entertainment, a portable projection screen can transform you patio or yard into an open-air theater, great for watching a big game or movies with friends. Whatever style you choose, from dining to relaxing, be sure to include a healthy dose of the essential companions such as side tables and ottomans for a complete look.
Don’t stop there! If this was the indoors, you’d start adding accessories to flesh out the style, so we’re going to bring those accents outdoors. Lighting is a great way to enhance any style, so you can add illumination with lamps, torches, or decorative lighting. If there’s too much light, then you can go the other direction by adding an awning, pergola, or an outdoor umbrella.
Textiles are key for creating comfortable space outdoors. Outdoor rugs, pillows, and curtains in weather-resistant materials add color and style to any outdoor layout. And if you’re going to be spending this much time outdoors, you may want to consider a storage chest or deck box to store various patio supplies. As seasons change, try adding a fire pit or patio heater for a bit of warmth that allows you to stay outside later in the year. You’ve made all this progress extending your personal style across that indoor/outdoor boundary, so don’t let anyone tell you when it’s time to go inside!