Creating a Modern Outdoor Living Space Part 3: Entertaining in Your Outdoor Living Space
You won’t want to spend all your time outdoors napping, though. You’ll need places to entertain as well. Why not add an outdoor bar? Bring a touch of the islands to happy hour with a thatched roof bamboo tiki bar or choose a modern bar set for a taste of Tuscan elegance. Gathering with family and friends will be terrific fun for everyone when they sit and unwind at your own personal backyard bar.
Want to create the feel of an outdoor living room? There’s terrific patio furniture choices available that will feel like your inside space has just overflowed into the outdoors. Instead of picnic type tables, coffee tables and end tables mimic your interior living room furniture. This beautiful patio furniture set has great mid-century modern lines and makes a charming setting for sharing lemonade and conversation.
Another way to make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home is to pop down an outdoor rug. This is a great addition, especially if your patio flooring isn’t the prettiest part of your yard. The material in rugs designed for use outdoors is made to hold up against the elements. Use these barefoot-friendly accessories to add a punch of color or a touch of luxury.
Cooking in the great outdoors has evolved a long way from roasting hot dogs over an open fire or grilling burgers on your hibachi. Now outdoor kitchens can include grills, stovetops, refrigerators, wine coolers, pizza ovens, storage and more.
Modular outdoor kitchens have made this luxury once reserved for the wealthy more obtainable for those with more moderate incomes. Cost for assembly and construction is lower than that of a custom outdoor kitchen and you end up with a beautiful, functional space. Adding an outdoor kitchen may still be a significant investment, but for those who want to make the most of staying at home and boost their equity, too, an outdoor kitchen is an excellent choice.
You’ll want to extend the time you can spend in your backyard paradise into the evening by adding a fireplace, chiminea or a fire pit and some great lighting as well. The fire will add ambiance as well as warmth and the lighting makes your garden a safe place to walk at night, adding visual enhancement to your landscaping features.
Your choices are vast and varied when considering how to create the perfect outdoor living space for your family. The options are only limited by the amount of room you have and your budget. With careful planning, even a small budget and a tiny space can be maximized. If you’re spending more time at home these days, why not make the most of it? What would you do to create your perfect backyard getaway?
Hmmm…Maybe something good has come from the turbulent economic times we’ve been dealing with recently. Maybe we needed a reason to spend more time at home and a little reminder that happiness can be found most often right in your own backyard.
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