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Tips for creating an outdoor entertaining space for summer

An outdoor pool can provide fun seasonal entertainment. (Design Recipes/TNS)
An outdoor pool can provide fun seasonal entertainment. (Design Recipes/TNS)
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With summer comes the desire to entertain guests outdoors. Whether it’s dining al fresco, outdoor cooking or elements such as fire pits, now is a great opportunity to look for ways to extend your outdoor living experience.

OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES

An outdoor living space can be just that, a living space that serves as an additional room. Whether a balcony, screened patio, deck or even part of a backyard, consider adding elements to help these spaces feel comfortable and cozy. Some essentials include a sofa, coffee table, side chairs or tables. When it comes to enclosed areas, consider adding a pop of color by using an outdoor area rug.

OUTDOOR FIRE PIT

Unlike other outdoor projects, the fire pit is relatively affordable and depending on the desired size and look can be a straightforward project. Additionally, a fire pit can be transportable and mobile; it does not have to be a permanent structure. Even so, fire pits can be quite elaborate, ranging from the rustic to ultra modern and can be executed in the form of built-in stone or concrete structures, to those sunk into the ground or even aboveground fire pits. They can be used year-round as a gathering and entertainment space.

OUTDOOR DECOR TIPS

There is no reason why your outdoor living space can’t look just as appealing as your indoor living space. When looking to add color and decor to your outdoor environment, here are some tips to keep in mind.

• Add lots of color. Color can be the key to enhancing an outdoor environment. Consider bright, vibrant colors such as turquoise, orange, yellow and red.

• Layer your decor. Add elements such as an area rug to toss pillows and place settings.

• Add greenery. From trees to landscaping and potted plants and flowers, these elements can add texture, color and interest.

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