Is your deck drab and dull? If your outdoor space does not feel inviting and lacks visual appeal, then now is the time to turn it into a dreamy deck where you will be proud to entertain and visitors will be happy to linger. Use these tips for designing an outdoor living room with loads of style.
Soften the Edges
Who doesn’t enjoy leaning back against a soft array of pillows? Your family and friends are sure to be tempted to linger on your dreamy deck when they have a variety of pillows on chairs, sofas and lounges to sink into. Of course, on the deck, your soft goods need to be durable. Luckily it’s easy to find outdoor toss pillows covered in fabrics made to withstand the elements, such as Sunbrella. But just because the fabric is durable does not mean it can’t be fun, too. Opt for colorful patterns and bright hues. If you get tired of the look, you can simply switch out the pillows – or have the professionals at Hauser’s Patio reupholster them.
Add Pops of Color
While some homeowners choose to furnish their outdoor living space in neutral shades such as white, gray and brown, opting for bold, colorful pieces really makes a splash on your dreamy deck. Think outside the bounds of natural colors to design your deck with a scheme that enhances the exterior of your home and easily carries across the various zones of your backyard. You can’t go wrong by choosing hues opposite each other on the color wheel and then selecting an accent shade for accessories such as pillows and barware.
Today’s luxury outdoor furnishings come with frames in a variety of colors no matter the frame material. Don’t just rely on cushions and pillows to provide pops of color; outdoor sofas, chairs, tables, dining sets and more with frames boldly finished in bright tones set the stage for your dreamy deck.
50 Shades of Umbrellas
Providing plenty of shade is a must for any dreamy deck. And the best way to protect you and your guests from sun and rain is with outdoor umbrellas. Just like outdoor toss pillows, today’s umbrella canopies are available in a wide array of colors, patterns and textures. If you aren’t ready to invest in new umbrellas, the upholstery professionals at Hauser’s Patio can make your old shade features look brand new with replacement canopies. You can even add a valance or other whimsical details, such as fringe, in a contrasting color to the canopy.
Dreamy is in the Details
Don’t forget about the little details that can transform a blah space into a backyard showpiece. Arrange seating pieces so it is easy for your guests to chat amongst themselves. Be sure to include plenty of occasional tables for setting food and drinks. String lights help keep the party going after dusk and baskets of blankets are a cozy way for you and your visitors to stay warm when it gets chilly. A fire pit provides both ambience and warmth – and the perfect place to roast hot dogs or make s’mores.
When it comes to designing a dreamy deck, make sure you employ lots of soft goods, a beautiful color scheme, shade features, fire pits and the right outdoor furniture that invites everyone to sit back and stay a while.