Decorating an Outdoor Eating Area

It’s that time of year…your daily activities spill out onto your patio, porches, lawn and gardens.  Decorating your outside living areas is a great opportunity to infuse your personality in an area that you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time.

But how to decorate outdoors? A great place to start is your eating area; as the most-used space you will get the most bang for your decorating effort there.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the beauty of decorating without walls is that you can designate any spot for any activity just by placing furniture and other items there. A little gravel-floored nook nestled amidst flowers and greenery is a lovely spot for a quiet breakfast or afternoon tea. A lounge chair and side table in the sun, speaks of relaxation and of sipping tropical drinks.

Next comes the really fun stuff, accessorizing!  Cushions for your chairs lay a wonderful visual foundation for your exterior room.  Alternatively, grab some old cotton throw pillows and take them outside. It’s amazing how something that looks tattered and worn inside suddenly looks fresh and charming when brought outside (make sure they are protected from the elements when not in use).

Save the landfill and elevate your dining experience by ditching the paper plates; set the table with everyday table ware. Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you have to dine on paper and plastic.  The final touch on your table is the centerpiece.  It should be inspired by nature: a clear glass vase filled with flowers or greenery from your garden, annuals in pretty pots, a ceramic bowl full of fresh fruit…or all three!

Adorn fences and your home’s exterior walls with items such as candle sconces, garden pot caddies, and ceramic wall hangings. Even mirrors and framed art normally used inside can look lovely outside, but place them in areas not exposed to the elements. Lastly, don’t forget to look up while decorating outside: hang a candle chandelier from your patio covering or string a line of twinkly lights from sun umbrellas.

Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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