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When it comes to outdoor decor work with what you already have and then make thoughtful additions. Warmer temperatures and bright blue skies are on the way. A prepared outdoor space to kick back and relax is an important area of your home to place your attention. Between entertaining, lounging and family meals the warm weather will have you craving to utilize that outdoor space. I'm here to help you think about a few home decor ideas that can transform any type of outdoor area from a patio,... terrace or sprawling yard. Don't feel limited or overwhelmed by the size of your backyard, beautify your backyard on a budget with these helpful tips.
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A hammock is simple way to update your backyard. They work in almost any setting - porch, terrace, patio or a yard. A nap in a hammock can cure your winter blues. The subtle swinging in the days sunlight with fresh air and nature abound can really revitalize a person. Hammocks are also really pretty. I love this option from Anthropologie, the macrame and beaded detail is so on point!
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Choose a Palette
After you pick out a hammock, I would suggest choosing a color palette to incorporate into your new outdoor decor. I like to lean toward bright whites and neutral sand tones for my summertime oasis because I believe the contribute to the overall tranquil feeling I like to take in from my outdoor space. The sun also looks really gorgeous spilling over a fresh coat of white paint and tropical plants.
This list of designer's choice white paints from Elle.com is super helpful to choose the shade... best for your space.
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It's always okay to bring some island style to your backyard. Whether you pot a tropical plant or incorporate a little palm tree print with your lounge chair cushions a tropical touch always translates into relaxation for you and your guests. Don't forget to add a little pink flamingo whenever possible!
For a little tropical inspiration visit the website for the Coqui Coqui Hotel and Spa in Tulum.
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A goal to keep in mind should be turning your outdoor space into an intimate setting without walls for entertaining and personal use. Think of your area as a room without walls and how each piece works in relation to one another and your outdoor environment.
House Beautiful shares another great list for achieving a cozy backyard.
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Add a Fence
Adding a fence can help create privacy from neighbors and boundaries from other areas of your home. Fences are great for urban spaces to give a sense of cozy quarters while entertaining.
Better Homes and Gardens shares 10 things you should know before building a fence.
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Build a Daybed
Lounging in your new outdoor space is top priority. In addition to a hammock, I suggest building or buying a plush day bed to spend your days outside relaxing. Also a plus if the daybed is a swinging daybed. I can never get enough swinging when I'm enjoying fresh air.
If would rather buy vs build, I love the Dreamer bed from Pop & Scott.
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A simple idea for any size space is potting plants. I love these pots by Australian brand Pop & Scott. The styles range from beach house to tribal which are great foundation themes for an outdoor backdrop.
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Chinese Lanterns are a playful addition to your backyard setting. The luminous home decor adds light and interest to your space. Things with function and form are my kind of home goods. Another idea is stringing such pretty lights along a fence or post.
Here are some more outdoor lighting ideas from my lady, Martha Stewart.
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Weather -resistant furniture can be ideal for dining alfresco for a warm, weather gathering. Since you will be dining outdoors choose a solid base for your table and invest in coverings to protect the furniture.
Apartment Therapy shares a wonderful Al Fresco How To.
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Create an Outdoor Home
Escape your daily routine with your outdoor home. Make sure your table and outdoor area is significantly spaced away from your home, being able to retreat in your patio oasis will be even more enjoyable if you feel like it's a mini getaway from your day to day.
House Beautiful has 50 more patio and outdoor room design ideas here.
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Floor Pillows and Poufs
Add floor pillows and poufs to your lounge area. This is an easy way to create extra seating and create a Bohemian feel to your outdoor space. Floor pillows are perfect for both urban and country homes. Pouf also serve as great extra seating and serving space.
One Kings Lane has an awesome selection of Moroccan poufs.
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Bench seating is effortless for outdoor dining. It also allows everyone to have a great view if you are dining near a scenic view.
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Nautical themes are so fun for outdoors, if you prefer to leave the island style in Mexico another great option is playing with shades of blue for a seaside feel. Seashells, anchors and boats all make great motifs for outdoor decor.
Love this Montauk - inspired oceanside setting by Eyeswoon.
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If you don't have the money or space to invest in an elaborate al fresco dining situation I suggest splurging on a little breakfast nook. Reading the newspaper with a fresh cup of coffee and bowl of fruit is the best way to start the day.
One Kings Lanes also shares some more exquisite breakfast nooks for brunching.
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Love the idea of adding textiles like rugs to an outdoor space. Just remember to take inside if there are warnings of rainy weather.
Nuloom has some great affordable indoor and outdoor options.
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Rattan, Wicker and Bamboo
Wicker, bamboo and rattan outdoor furniture has a very light feel and can look super chic in your backyard. I would suggest to stick with a neutral rattan color to look modern but white and black painted wicker and rattan looks awesome when done right.
Love this Susila rattan chair and ottoman from Anthropologie.
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Mix and Match Chairs
Who ever said your chairs had to match? I love mixing benches with a set of mix and match chairs. All four chairs can be different if you like.
Apartment Therapy has 10 style tips for pulling off mix and matching dining sets.
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Pops of Color
Even though I lean towards neutrals with my outdoor decor, I never shy away from fun pops of color. Bright yellow, oranges and blues can make gorgeous additions to your outdoor landscape. Planting flowers is also a great way to get color in the mix.
Here is a how to that is useful for planting your own flowers this spring.
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When the sun is too hot to handle, have a cover up available to pull over head for shade. Invest in a tent, curtains or taught piece of canvas will do the trick.
Architecture Art Design shares 30 DIY ideas on how to make an outdoor tent.