The sun is shining and there’s a light breeze outside to keep you cool. While you want to go outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather, you’re also tired from the long week and are ready to relax with your family. Fortunately, there’s a way you can do both. Rather than staying in on a gorgeous afternoon and feeling guilty for not taking advantage of short summer season, set up a space where you can unwind outside. These five tips will help you design a cozy outdoor atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.
Treat yourself to spacious seating and plush cushioning
It’s hard to relax on hard wooden or metal chairs. Instead, set up an outdoor wicker seating set, one with cozy cushions that help you feel at ease. Not only does cushioned furniture feel more comfortable, but your outdoor patio also appears more inviting with this type of plush seating.
Add accessories for color and texture
Think of your porch, deck or patio as a second living room. Just like you decorate your living room with accessories to add fun colors and interesting textures, you can use decor such as rugs to warm up your outdoor space. Throw pillows in bright colors are another great accessory for your patio.
Design a “room” using a canopy, gazebo or pergola
When the sun shines a little too brightly, set up a shaded area where you can go to stay protected and cool. Umbrellas can provide enough shade for a small area. If you prefer a wider area to walk around and host guests, consider bigger outdoor structures, such as a pergola, to design a shaded room.
Set up a table for family dinners
Bring the family together to enjoy both a delicious meal and the beautiful weather. A dining table can be set up in a variety of spaces; if you have an enclosed porch, this might be your best option. An enclosed porch still provides the beautiful scenery, natural lighting and soothing sounds you love, and it keeps the bugs out to ensure a stress-free meal. If you do bring a dining table outside, be sure to set up natural mosquito repellents, such as lavender, near the table to keep pests away.
Consider light and heat options for nighttime
The sun will eventually set, but that doesn’t mean you have to go back indoors. Huddle up next to the fire pit with your family or if it’s warm enough, bring a lantern out to the front porch or deck.
You don’t have to spend your summer afternoons indoors in order to relax. Follow these five tips to set up a cozy space your family can enjoy outdoors.