As an extension of your home, outdoor spaces need just as much love as your interiors. Especially with warm weather coming, now is the ideal time to use a little bit of creativity to transform your patio, balcony, or backyard into an inviting oasis. Once summer rolls around, you’ll be thankful to have some spaces to relax in the sun and entertain friends from your own backyard.
Here are some of our designer-approved tips to makeover any outdoor space.
Think About Functionality
First things first, it’s important to think about the function of the space. Are you looking to create a spot for sunbathing, an area for dining and entertaining, or a space for gardening? Start by defining your space by organizing zones for each planned area or activity. By visually dividing the space in your head, you can then think about what furniture and rugs are needed. For example, you might like to have an area with an outdoor fire pit, or a bar located beneath a pergola. Decide on these main areas and go from there.
Choose Your Furniture & Upholstery
Next, choose furniture that is comfortable, durable, and that fits the space. Be sure to always measure! There’s nothing worse than having a large sectional show up that doesn’t fit. If you have a small balcony, opt for a bistro set or folding chairs that can be easily stored. Or, if you’re shopping for a large deck, consider an outdoor sofa, like our Heron Sofa for lounging and entertaining. Make sure it is made with a performance fabric that can withstand the sun, rain, and wind. We have a large selection of outdoor fabrics that will be on sale for 20% off between March 17th to 31st. It’s the perfect opportunity to prep your furniture for summer!
Delineate Space with Rugs
One of the most effective ways to bring some style and comfort to your outdoor space is by adding a rug. Outdoor rugs come in a wide variety of sizes, patterns, and textures, and they can instantly transform a dull patio or deck into a vibrant and inviting area. They also help define or break up a space, which is important if you have a large deck. Adding a rug beneath your seating area, for example, will help it feel cozier and make the overall design of your outdoor space feel more curated.
When it comes to material, look for rugs made from durable and weather-resistant materials that can withstand the elements and foot traffic. Natural fibers like jute or sisal may look beautiful, but they are not durable for the outdoors and can be hard to clean. Instead, try our Marlo Indoor/Outdoor Rug, which is made from 100% Polypropylene.
Coordinate Color with Your Interiors
Color is a powerful tool in both interior and exterior design. It can set the mood, create visual interest, and add personality to your space. We recommend choosing furniture and upholstery that complements the existing colors and patterns throughout the rest of your home. This will create a cohesive and harmonious look that flows from the inside to the outside. If you need a few pops of color outside, use accents like throw pillows to add vibrancy.
Finally, add in the finishing touches, from a giant sun umbrella to hanging lanterns. We always recommend incorporating plants and natural textures like wood, stone, and wicker in outdoor spaces. Regardless of how big your space is, it’s also nice to have a few stylish stools, like our Chantilly Garden Stool on hand. These can be used as side tables, plant stands, or as additional seating when guests come over. We also like to include storage options like a chest, bench, or shelf to keep an outdoor space tidy and organized. You can use your storage system to keep cushions, throws, and outdoor accessories from getting wet when not in use.
Create a Welcoming Outdoor Space with GDC
To create a dreamy outdoor space, focus on function, comfort, and personality. Start by getting inspired and thinking about what you might like to have your space do and then start tagging furniture, upholstery, and accessories that might work. If you need a dose of inspiration, stop by any of our three Charleston furniture stores to browse our displays, or shop a limited collection online.
Shop the Look
The classic track arm silhouette of this Heron Outdoor Sofa will stand the test of time and keep you comfortable outdoors for seasons to come.
Marlo Indoor/Outdoor Rug
This bold, low profile, and tightly-woven rug is a stylish and sophisticated take on subtle patterning.
Chantilly Garden Stool
This outdoor safe garden stool is the perfect accent table inside and outside your home.