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Perk Up Your Outdoor Space

You’ve created an outdoor space with plenty of shade, furniture you love, and even an outdoor kitchen. Now what will you add to provide yourself and your guests maximum refreshment in the summer months? Make the most out of your outdoor living area by using these ideas to make it even more guest-friendly.

  1. Choose a theme

    Even the most neutral outdoor space can be transformed using some small but powerful accessories. Just choose a décor theme, from Zen to Moroccan to Tuscan, and pick up the lanterns, pillows, and ceramic pots that will complete the look. Shop your own house for candlesticks, vases and dishes that you can give new life in the great outdoors.

  2. Create a “refreshment station”

    Make the space feel luxurious by adding an outdoor refrigerator and/or a freezer (extra credit: keep it filled with juice popsicles). If you don’t want to add appliances, put in a side table that can hold an ice bucket and glasses.

  3. Add a patio mister

    A mist of cool air around a hot deck isn’t just a luxury for Las Vegas casinos. On hot summer days, a mister that you hang yourself around your patio roof can decrease the temperature by up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Find DIY kits at most hardware stores.

  4. Pops of color

    Inexpensively pull together the look of your outdoor living space with splashes of bright color. Add weather- and fade-resistant pillows, a funky outdoor rug that can be hosed off, and coordinating candles. Limit the color scheme to three or four colors – including flowers and candles – for the most pulled-together look.

  5. Add some night-blooming flowers

    Add mystery and magic to your outdoor space after dark by planting a “moon garden,” or night blooming garden, around its edges. Fragrant blooms like Evening Primrose, Angel’s Trumpet and Night Blooming Cereus open up after the sun goes down.

Perk Up Your Outdoor Space
Tip

When the summer is over, make sure to wipe clean all your patio accessories, including pillows and rugs, and store them in a dry area to avoid mold and mildew buildup until you pull them out next season.

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