With summer right around the corner, you may be thinking about the best way to give your outdoor space an update. Whether it is a small terrace in the city, or a sprawling garden in the country side, you want to be comfortable and relaxed when spending time outside. There are some essential items you can add to your space to make the most of what you have without going crazy. Think about what aspects of your outdoor space are most important and the ways in which you use it most often. Is it more of a hang and read kind of place, do you like a lot of plants and gardening, or do you want to do the majority of your eating outside this summer?
Keep Things Lit
Summer nights can be that perfect mix of a warm breeze with cool crisp air, so I don’t blame you if you want to spend your evenings outside. Having the right lighting for different situations will prevent you from feeling like you are on a movie set or even worse, having to use your phone for extra lighting. Install a mix of stronger overhead lighting and small soft or yellow toned glows to give you the perfect amount of illumination no matter what you’re up to.
Create Plenty of Shade
Using natural shade from your home or from surrounding plant life is great when the sun is in the right place. For those days when it’s too hot to spend even a few minutes in the sunlight, or for spaces that have no natural shade, you will want to get an umbrella. The right umbrella for your garden or patio can also bring a space together when you take color and theme into consideration.
Choose the Right Seating
Making sure you have enough seating is important but you also want to think about choosing the right seating depending on how you plan to spend your time. If you need extra storage maybe you want to install bench seating with room for storage underneath. For the perfect place to lounge and read a book you can find your new favorite sun chair set up from Design Within Reach or even find a spot to hang a hammock.
You may already have plenty of natural greenery in your outdoor space, but if your given setting doesn’t give you enough of that fresh air feeling, you can create a cool calming atmosphere by adding more plants. Choose plants that brighten the area while adding some character or buy plants large enough to give your space a border. If gardening is your thing, you don’t need to have an actual yard if you do a little research. There are plenty of ways to grow a full garden in spaces as small as a city fire escape.
Mind the Wildlife
If you like to bird watch or want to invite other critters to enjoy your outdoor haven as well, you can get a bird feeder or birdbath to keep them coming back. If you want to go the extra length you could even build your own hummingbird feeder.