The best approach to make the most of the pleasant weather before the leaves start to turn brown and crispy is to have events outside. But what if your outdoor area needs some work before it is suitable for a party? Just yet, don’t worry. Instead, keep reading to get some ideas for your upcoming backyard renovation from a few recent outdoor trends.
Provide cover with roof or an umbrella
It makes logical that you would want to make the most of the outside space you spent so much time and effort creating for entertaining and relaxing. Whether it’s sunny or rainy, you want to be able to enjoy the results of your labor, therefore you’ll need to offer some form of protection.
Consider purchasing an umbrella that is large enough to shield your furniture and outdoor equipment from the elements, unless you have an indoor patio or sunroom. Although a roof is a more expensive alternative, it will undoubtedly improve curb appeal and give your outdoor lounge a distinctive architectural feel.
Invest in comfortable outdoor furniture
Speaking of making yourself and your guests feeling comfortable in your backyard lounge, you should also pay attention to the type of furniture material you pick. Generally speaking, materials such as aluminum, hard wood, and galvanized steel are your safest bet when it comes to outdoor furniture as they are able to withstand changing weather conditions. They’re also longer-lasting compared to other outdoor furniture options, meaning they won’t need replacing every couple of years, so investing in quality pieces certainly pays off in the long run.
In addition to chairs, tables, benches, and hammocks, you’ll also need to provide comfortable coverings. Polyester cushions are your best option as they are mildew-proof and will dry quickly after coming in contact with water.
Build an outdoor bar/kitchen
The kitchen should be moved outside since outdoor spaces are all about convenience. When you simply cannot handle the heat of the stove but yet want to serve your visitors some delicious home-cooked food, outdoor kitchens are ideal. If you’re feeling creative, putting up an outdoor kitchen can be as easy as installing a barbeque or making a homemade outdoor oven. If you want to step up your game, though, choose a fully-stocked, built-in outdoor kitchen.
Since drinks are a party element you can’t go without, consider adding an outdoor bar, too. You get to show off your mixology skills while also keeping your guests cool by supplying them with fresh drinks. Make sure to pick out weather-resistant materials and you’ll have no trouble keeping your outdoor bar/kitchen looking great for years to come.
Step up your tech game
What’s an outdoor lounge without some technology? If you really want to appeal to your guests and make every one of the gatherings you host a successful one, you’ll want to give them options. This means stepping up your tech game and getting your hands on a high-quality outdoor entertainment system to equip your backyard with.
A weather-resistant, anti-glare outdoor LED TV will provide the ideal visual experience whether you’re hosting a movie night or watching your favorite sports. Similarly, the accompanying outdoor soundbar with wireless connectivity will provide outstanding sound quality. Combined together, they result in the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience. Optionally, you can go ahead and add a gaming system for even more outdoor fun.
Let there be light
Other than making your outdoor space fun, you also want to make it stylish and safe. Whether you’re cooking some burgers and veggies on your grill or dining al fresco, you want to keep your outdoor area well-lit.
This means installing light fixtures in different focal points of your backyard such as tables, conversation areas, cooking surfaces, and barbecue. For a soft glow and pleasant ambience, go for warm light, and make sure to light up the steps, pathways, and the area around the pool for extra safety.
Make it personal
One more way to make your backyard entertainment-friendly is to infuse the space with personal touches. No one wants their backyard to look bland, especially after all the hard work put into it. Think about it as an extension of your personality, adding small details that reflect your style and taste.
Whether you’re into Tiki bars and tropical, Hawaiian vibes or prefer a more futuristic, sophisticated, and high-end look, customizing your backyard is sure to make it more pleasant and welcoming to the guests.
Having a great time doesn’t always mean leaving the house. And it certainly doesn’t mean breaking the bank. With the right entertainment-friendly elements, you can turn your own backyard into an ideal place for relaxing, entertaining, dining, or partying – with a bit of creativity, the options are pretty much endless.