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Create an Outdoor Living Area

Whether you have a small patio or a grand backyard, a new outdoor living area will increase the value of your home and give you an “extra” room to host parties and family gatherings in. Here are a few great tips on how to create your new outdoor living area.

Function

What are you wanting to do in your new outdoor space? Is it going to be the place where your friends and family relax and enjoy the outdoors or is it a place where you would like to have an outdoor kitchen? Or maybe both? Decide on whether you want to have a Kokomo BBQ Island or maybe a pizza oven instead? Do you want a fireplace or are you hot-blooded and would rather have an outdoor fan? These are questions that will help you build an idea of what you want your outdoor oasis to look like.

A Master Plan

What inspires you? Is it a cabin in the country with its simplicity and serene surrounding in the trees? Or maybe your inspiration comes from a small villa in the wine country of Italy. Think of a place that makes you happy whether it’s a place you have visited or want to visit. Make a Pinterest page full of colors, materials, patterns, and places that inspire you. Refer to it whenever you go to purchase new items.

Furniture

Choosing outdoor furniture is very similar to buying a new loveseat or sofa. You want to find something that will fit with your theme or style and withstand the weather well. Finding the right style may even be easier than buying furniture for your home!  Whether you are looking for a dark wood and beige cushion to go along with your cabin feel or a cast iron settee to go along with your Italian garden look, there are many options to choose from!

Plants

Liven up your outdoor area with potted plants and flowers. Make sure to buy the right plant for your outdoor setting. Here is a small list of plants that work well in shady or well-lit areas.

If your outdoor area is shaded, these plants will grow well in the shade.

  • Coleus
  • Impatiens
  • Begonias
  • Caladiums
  • Fuchsia
  • Wishbone flower

If your outdoor area is not shaded, these plants are meant to have full sun.

  • petunia
  • ageratum
  • salvia
  • moss rose
  • sunflower
  • zinnia
  • marigold

Stop by either of our locations with your ideas and let us help you make your outdoor living area a reality!