5 Ways to Prepare Your Outdoor Space by Kerrie L. Kelly of Sacramento
With warmer weather, beautiful blooms and outdoor soirées in the pipeline, you might begin to realize that your outdoor space has been experiencing some serious neglect. To kick the winter blues and reintroduce your space to springtime freshness, we’ve compiled our favorite ways to reboot and refresh.
1. KEEP IT COOL IN THE KITCHEN
While the kitchen is the heart of the home, it also has a special spot in the backyard. An outdoor kitchen is our number one way to perk up a space, giving it new life and a refreshed look in one fell swoop. Add bang to your backyard with clean, sleek appliances like a pizza oven, smoker, grill or refrigeration center (or all the above!). Coyote Outdoor Living is one of our go-to brands for pristinely polished appliances with a contemporary look. Perfect for a family dinner or a date night for two, their outdoor grilling products ensure your open-air feast will be a success.
2. ENTERTAINING AREA
When the weather warms, the drinks get cool, and the outdoor party invites start rolling in. Whether you’re planning a nine-course dinner with close friends or hosting your kids’ friends for s’mores over the fire, having a place to entertain is the best way to revamp a space. The key pieces you’ll need are a seating area, a few surfaces for setting down drinks and food, a focal point like a fire pit or grill, and layers of lighting and accessories. By treating your outdoor entertaining space exactly like you would your indoor space, you’ll guarantee your friends a great time.
3. A POOLSIDE PERCH
Until dinnertime rolls around, long summer days are often spent in the water. Pool spaces require a couple of intentionally layered design elements, including somewhere to sit, tabletops and a safety feature, along with waterproof essentials like a patio umbrella or lounge chairs. If your home is the hangout for families, it’s key to have a place to stow sunscreen, pool toys and flotation devices. Have a more adult-friendly pool? Keep the refrigeration center near, a stereo system in place, and plenty of cozy seating for lounging in the sun.
4. COOL DOWN WITH COLOR
Here in our region, the sun is especially hot. We’ve all felt the perils of decorating with darker colors, especially when sitting on a black cushion that’s been in the sun all day. Your outdoor space will already be warm enough with the constant sun exposure, so why not cool it down with lighter hues? We love the way soft blues and greens look in outdoor spaces—the soothing coloration offers not only a clean palette but a cooler space to take a seat.
5. ACCESSORY UPDATE
Not in the market for refreshing your entire space, but still need a little pick-me-up? Hit the accessories department of your favorite home goods spot. It’s amazing what a few hurricane candle holders, outdoor glasses and bistro lights can do to brighten up a backyard. Just make sure your purchases are rated for the outdoors and—voila(!)—your patio has gone from blah to beautiful in one shopping trip.
Kerrie L. Kelly is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant. She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House, and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education. To contact her, visit kerriekelly.com or call 916-706-2089.