5 ways to accent your outdoor room

Is your outdoor living space as inviting as you would like it to be? Try these accent ideas to create the perfect outdoor environment and take advantage of your outside space.

Do you love sipping a cup of cafe con leche in your outdoor room while watching the sunrise, or inviting your friends and family over for an intimate dinner on the patio? Is your outdoor living space as inviting as you would like it to be? Try these accent ideas to create the perfect outdoor environment and take advantage of your outside space.

Lighting

To add warmth and illumination to your space, get creative with your lighting options. Anything from a few candles placed in hanging lanterns to a strand of lights wrapped around the corner lemon tree can add great ambiance to your area. To save money , look for lighting fixtures at flea markets that you can repurpose for outdoor use. If you don’t want to use an electric piece, try natural candles, battery-operated lighting, or solar-powered lanterns.

Foliage

Shrubs, flowers, small trees, and other plants can add shade, privacy, and vibrant color . They can also serve as borders, framing your living space. Plant larger shrubs and bushes to serve as a border. Use flowering fruit trees for fragrant shade. If you have a wall or fence, consider growing vines like climbing hydrangea or jasmine. Add decorative accents to empty areas with hanging or stationary pots filled with brightly colored flowers.

Canopy

Every outdoor room needs some type of cover to create the feel of a room and to provide much-needed shade during those lazy summer afternoons. Try a pergola with climbing plants for lovely filtered sunlight. Overhanging trees act as a natural cover. Create your own homemade canopy with different materials such as linen, canvas, wood, and foliage. A colorful patio umbrella can add a splash of color as well as shade.

Curtains

Yes, curtains are great for outdoor living spaces! Flowing white curtains add a romantic feel. Use colored drapes that compliment your patio furniture. Outdoor curtains can frame your space, create an intimate feel, and filter out some sunlight.

Fountains

For a tranquil accent for your outdoor room, why not finish with a small fountain ? There is nothing like the serene sound of falling water to create a peaceful atmosphere. Choose stone, wood, or terra cotta, depending on the ambiance that you are looking for. Some outdoor fountains require electric power to run, but you can also use a solar-powered fountain and skip the hassle of a power cord.

For a magnificent accent for night time, use a fountain that comes with built-in lighting . With the warmth of lighting, the intimacy of foliage and cover, the romantic feel of curtains, and tranquil cascading water, you can transform any outdoor space into an area to rival your favorite rooms indoors.


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