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July 9th 2019home blog, outdoors

Gorgeous Outdoor Seating Ideas for Summer

Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Personalized Oasis

Small outdoor dining area with plants
 ASR Design

Gorgeous Outdoor Seating Ideas for Summer: Longer days and warmer nights are perfect for entertaining and relaxing in your own outdoor space. But if your porch, balcony, or patio does not feel very inviting, it may be time to invest in comfortable outdoor seating. But that alone may not solve the problem completely. The wrong setup could spoil the view from your balcony or make dining outside cumbersome.

Luckily, the best furniture arrangement for your space and needs can make time spent al fresco more enjoyable. So whether you are hanging solo or hosting a dinner party, these seating ideas will help you make the most of your outdoor space. 

Create a Cozy Outdoor Room

You may never want to step foot inside the house again during the summer with a semi-enclosed space like this one by Anne Michaelsen Design. The goal was to create an outdoor room tricked out with comforts usually found indoors. Plush weather-resistant seating and two small faux concrete tables carve out a place for four people to kick back and relax. When it is time to watch a movie, the seats can be turned to face the outdoor TV.

Craft a Lovely, Secluded Outdoor Space

Ariel Richardson, the founder of the interior design firm ASR Design, says her favorite type of outdoor furniture is all-weather wicker as shown above because it will last all year long and hold up to the elements. A dining set like this one she adds creates the perfect setting for lighthearted coffee chats or summer celebrations among friends. While having a place to sit is extremely important, the right light at night will set the mood. Richardson suggests hanging up string lights and then surrounding yourself with lanterns and candles.

Another essential element to consider is an outdoor rug. It can really help tie your layout together while providing something comfortable underfoot. Richardson selected a geometric print rug that she says can easily pair with a variety of decor styles. 

Whether you are working with a backyard patio or an apartment balcony, plants are the key for creating a little paradise, the interior designer adds. Here she selected a variety of greenery that is easy to care for.

Add Pops of Color to Your Outdoor Space

Do not forget to mix things up with pillows and throws says, Ariel Richardson from ASR Design. They can add fun patterns and colors guaranteed to punch up an outdoor space without breaking the bank. They can also be easily swapped out for different occasions and holidays.

Create an Outdoor Lounge

Built-in bench seating around an outdoor dining table is an elegant way to establish a designated lounge area. This example by Anne Michaelsen Design proves the point. The interior designer wanted the spot to feel more inside than out. Adding the pergola helps offer a little coverage from the bright sun and checked the box for that interior feel.

Build a Welcoming Pool Lounge

This lovely home by architect Ed Parker of Alisberg Parker and interior designer Lauren Williams of Lauren Jayne features several distinct outdoor seating areas all set beneath a cedar trellis to bring the scale of the space down to a more intimate level. The spot near the pool features a sizable seating area thanks to a large wrap around sofa. Centered above is an outdoor light fixture, which throws focus to the lounge at night.

Maximize Your Front Porch Space

outdoor swing with Adirondack chairs
Studio Ten 25

If you are using your front porch for bike storage, listen up. It is a valuable outdoor space that shouldn’t go to waste. Here, Abbe Fenimore the founder and interior designer behind Studio Ten 25, used a few key pieces to create a porch worth of cozy chats on summer evenings. The all-weather blue Adirondack chairs create the ideal spot to wave at neighbors. But the piece de resistance is the porch swing that invites anyone nearby to take a load off their feet.

Source: The Spruce

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