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54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer

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Summer is around the corner, time to start thinking about how you’re going to create relaxing outdoor living spaces that feel inviting, an extension of the home itself. What makes a great outdoor living area is a combination of elements. The first to consider is lighting. Don’t be afraid to do a little experimenting with your light sources to get the perfect glow for day or night. Consider creating an enclosed space to give a sense of place to your property, such as a pergola, walls, or even salvaged windows and doors. A focal point such as a fireplace or a fire pit if you are on a budget, is the perfect feature to add to your outdoor living space.

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Whether you purchase furnishings or have built-in seating, make sure you opt for outdoor fabrics. Consider some vibrant colors to add a punch of fun to your outdoor space. Decorate with local plants, they are easier to maintain, try some potted plants as accessories. Try planting edible throughout the landscape so you can pluck thyme or oregano to add to your outdoor grill! Mix furniture pieces to achieve a more unique look. Instead of selecting a matching set, pick up furnishings from different sources, such as flea markets or estate sales. Salvaged materials will also work into your outdoor decor, they add character and they are already weathered. Be creative, if you purchase items you love, you will find a place for it — even if its not where or how you originally intended.

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If you’re in the midst of planning your yard, deck or patio for lots of festivities this spring and summer, get inspired by the ideas below and create an amazing outdoor living space! Still looking for more ideas? Have a look at one of past articles on 31 Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas or 50 Inspiring and delightful outdoor spaces.

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