We have had some beautiful days lately. Even if the day is sweltering hot it at least starts out nice and ends nice. I find myself sitting outside having coffee, reading my emails, and working on my computer every morning and often in the late afternoon with a glass of rosé! I also find myself looking around the space trying to figure out how to make my outdoor room more inviting. Here are a few of my thoughts.
Improving outdoor space essentially involves bringing your living room outside. You want it to be inviting, inspiring, and comfortable for you and your guests to have great conversation in a welcoming setting. Small changes, such as adding fresh flowers and potted plants, setting mood lighting, and incorporating accent pieces, can make a big difference in a small space like a patio, porch, or veranda.
I always preach starting with neutrals. It makes it easy to change up your accent colors. My outdoor sofa is a taupe gray with white cushions. I decided to add some gray pillows to bring it together and use the potted plant with summer flowers as my accent color. The weathered teak furniture also plays into the gray. It’s the 60 – 30 – 10 rule that I love to talk about. Gray of the frame of the sofa, and the gray pillows being the majority (60 percent) then the white cushions (30 percent), then the accent color of the flowers (10 percent).
These pillows are what I added to my outdoor living room, but there are many ready-made outdoor pillows in all different color ways readily available.
But there are so many beautiful directions to go in. I equally love this scenario found on the cover of Milieu magazine. The orange creates a splendid contrast to all the outdoor green.
Lighting is important for setting the mood you are trying to create. Imagine what a magical setting you could create with these beautiful Alpine luminaries.
Or consider adding abundant candle light to your outdoor table buffet with this gorgeous candelabra.
Potted plants are the easiest way to beautify your outdoor space (unless you happen to have a beautiful mountain to insert in the background!). But seriously, this beautiful hydrangea in a basket really creates a gorgeous focal point for this setting. (Found on Veranda’s Instagram.)
Tomorrow we will be talking to Margaret Bush who will share her secrets for creating a beautiful outdoor arrangement! Wait until you see what she created for me!