For days when it’s too nice to be indoors, call upon your favorite home décor styles outdoors. Here are 13 ways to bring indoor décor outside.
Bring your favorite decorating style outdoors during the summer when the weather is right and your patio is calling out to you to fix it up. Here are 13 ways to bring indoor décor outside, whether your style is romantic chic or rustic farmhouse.
1. Soften Up
Design your vignette around soothing color combinations, such as soft aqua and pale pink. Chippy furniture, a favorite pitcher and a garden clipping atop classic books compose the still life with a painter’s eye.
2. Quilter’s Corner
Not just used as a bed throw, quilts can raise the beauty quotient in an outdoor setting. Decorate the table with pedestal plates and a stack of plates for texture and height to keep the eye roaming.
3. Get the Red Out
Using the same principle as matching an accessory to a jacket, use complementary accent colors with your flowers.
Susan Ellison of Blue Springs Home uses touches of red for the right statement. The bench gets a comfortable look with Indian Block print pillows. A small table is movable to fit your entertaining needs. “Outdoor spaces can be just as inviting as the inside of your home. When creating an outdoor space, think of bringing the indoors outside. Comfortable chairs, throw pillows, small tables for eating and proper lighting can set a mood,” Susan says. “Plants and trees serve as the background for your outdoor room.”
4. Architectural Renderings
Use columns, old windows and weathered pieces to create an intimate room in your outdoor space. “I like to look outside of the home and see settings that are just a continuation of what’s on the inside,” Susan says.
5. Fairy Tale
Artist Jo-Anne Coletti of Vintage Rose Collection is one part human, two-parts fairy when it comes to decorating. She employs romantic touches and crafts in her vignettes. “Creating a magical retreat with personality is truly a storytelling expression of the heart. Outdoor living embraces the soul of the garden and awakens the senses to the beauty around you. Here, the admiration for old things is obvious. Antique lace dresses and twinkling-star lights hang from the trees and branches while candles, a romantic pillow and linens set the mood for dreamy outdoor napping,” she says.
6. Afternoon Tea
Carve out a corner in your background space for a pretty table and chairs. Decorate the setting as if it were your dining room, using fine china, silver and a tablecloth topped with linen. “I strive to create an outdoor setting that is as appealing as I would design inside. I take my decorating cue from the trees and flowers where I will place my table. Sit in each chair at the table to make sure that each guest will have a pleasant view. Add potted plants to enhance views if necessary,” says Diane Sedo of Sentimental Celebrations.
7. Holding Court
A courtyard beckons a royal introduction to visitors. Neatly arranged boxwoods and shrubs in the center keep the look precise.
8. Chicken Special
Raising chickens need not be exclusive to a farm. There is great joy in being connected to the birds and producing your own eggs. Lizzie McGraw of Tumbleweed & Dandelion understands the many joys that come from having a chicken coop. “Chickens are wonderful and expressive creatures. They definitely have personalities, and their daily egg is truly a gift. It is so wonderful to sit in the yard and watch them wander and explore. They do, however, require attention and love. I raised my chickens from babies, and they do need daily attention. Most chicken books give you all the details you need to start your own little farm. If you have a decent size yard and the ability to frame a small coop then you can have a little chicken family.”
9. Check This Out
Fabrics and texture give this table setting pizzazz. A vintage tablecloth is the perfect accompaniment to gingham melamine plates. Basic egg salad sandwiches are spruced up when cut in circles and speared with a floral-shaped carrot.
10. Throw Stones
Casually placed stones create an enchanting walking path that echoes a storybook setting.
11. Head of the Table
A functional farm table is given more glamour with colorful cloths and an outdoor chandelier. Plant outdoor flowers in a galvanized tin for a vintage, colorful touch.
12. Entertaining Idea
Endless summer days are spent in Lizzie McGraw’s backyard. “My yard is a great place to entertain, so it is ever-changing. Depending on the event, I use my large farm table to have big dinner parties or simply as a buffet for a more lounging dinner and a movie event. I don’t have room to store pillows outside, so I have lots of outdoor fabric covers that I use on my indoor pillows when an event comes along. An inexpensive tip is to buy bales of straw and cover them in fabric for inexpensive seating— very French!” Lizzie says.
13. Time to Retreat
White wicker chairs epitomize summer comfort. Cozy them up even further with plump pillows in a rose print. Outdoor lamps and sea-inspired decorations create a romantic hideaway look.
By Jacqueline deMontravel