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Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer has unofficially begun, and with the arrival of the outdoor season comes outdoor gathering after outdoor gathering. If you’re the type of person that loves to entertain, you might be wondering what you can do to spruce up your backyard, patio, balcony, deck, or whatever outdoor space you have to best please and relax you and your guests. The five ideas below are bound to enliven your outdoor space and keep friends returning to your home time and time again.
Adorn your seats with throw pillows
Throw pillows can turn any outdoor seating, whether a lofty wooden chair with big armrests or a classic lounge chair, into a cute, welcoming decorative piece. Get at least one throw pillow per seat and rotate them among seats often to keep your outdoor space constantly radiating warmth and class. When people sit in your seats, they might even use the pillows for back, neck, or head support (or just to hold tight for ultimate relaxation).
Paint patterns onto your sling chairs
The fabric that backs a sling chair takes super well to extra decoration. Buy a sling chair with monochrome fabric and paint whatever pretty, cute, or plain artistic patterns onto it that you please. Let the paint dry, and you’ll have seats that are as comfortable and functional as they are vital to your outdoor space’s aesthetic. You can even invite friends over to paint your seats with you right in your outdoor space!
Invest in hammocks and swings
Hammocks and swings can be a bit pricey, but the investment will be worthwhile. People are naturally drawn to experiences they can’t easily get elsewhere, and not nearly every outdoor space (parks, not just people’s property, included) has hammocks and swings, let alone ones that can seat more than one person. What’s better than slightly swaying back and forth as you sip on that ice cold drink?
Hang string lights
String lights give you plenty of room for creativity. You can line the perimeter of your outdoor space with them. You can hang them diagonally across your outdoor space. You can arrange them in neat rows to evenly distribute your lighting. You can find them in all sorts of different color options. Best of all, you can find them in all kinds of bulb shapes, whether Christmas-like or more traditionally bulb-shaped. There’s a string light option for every decorator out there!
Repurpose old furniture
Throwing out that years-old dresser? Instead of taking it to the sidewalk, prop it up in your outdoor space for storing cookware, games, tools, and anything else your mind can dream of. If rain falls, you won’t have much to be concerned about, because after all, you were about to entirely get rid of this piece of furniture. This idea doesn’t apply just to dressers — coffee tables, kitchen chairs, and pretty much anything that isn’t made of fabric or upholstery can enjoy a great second life in your outdoor space.
How are you thinking of decorating your outdoor space for the summer? Share your ideas in the comments!