5 Simple Ways to Spice Up Your Outdoor Living Space

With summer is approaching, you may plan to spend more time in your porch, balcony or backyard although you have probably already spent  quite a lot of time outdoor for this strange quarantine time if you are from California like us. If your are a little bit tired of your outdoor living space and would like to give it a quick makeover, we have a good news for you–there are 5 simple ways that you can do to spice up your outdoor living space right now.

  1. Get some fresh pillows in blue-white, striped pattern, hot pink or elegant neutral. You can simply throw these pillows on your IKEA outdoor chairs or your grandma’s rusted iron Victoria bench, those adorable pillows will bring in a whole new level of energy and cheers to your outdoor space.

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The elegant blue-and-white color scheme can always calm you down and perfect create a space for a good read.

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As we are still getting through this strange time, we may all need some colors for an upbeat energy. All kinds of pink in solid , floral, stripe patterns will bring in some freshness to your outdoor space. These pink pillows pairing with blue-and-white Chinoiserie porcelain or green accessories can be a secret for you to spice up your outdoor space with sensation.

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If you are a neutral lover, you still can add  a subtle pop of color like these two  in the photo above.

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2. Think about an outdoor rugs.

The function of an outdoor rug is to create a zone and set the foundation for your outdoor space. Nowadays, the design of outdoor rugs are just as cool as indoor ones.  The innovative use of both natural and synthetic woven materials allow outdoor rugs to be durable enough to handle all weather conditions. (For these reasons, outdoor rugs are commonly used in high-traffic interior areas too, such as entryways or mud rooms.) Natural fibers such as sisal, hemp, jute, and seagrass are very strong, sound-absorbent, sustainable, and add lots of texture to your space. Synthetic coverings, such as polypropylene or plastic rugs, often come in a wider range of  colors, can be easily hosed down and dry quickly. Additionally, they are light-weight so you can easily roll them up to move them around. Synthetic rugs are often less expensive than natural materials as well.

We would recommend  neutral  tones in both natural fiber rugs or synthetic ones for your outdoor rugs. These neutral-toned rugs will help  show off the beautiful pillows, blossoms and greenery in your space while adding a zen and relaxing  feel to your outdoor space.

How to choose a size and shape

Carefully measure the outdoor area you would like to cover with a rug before you shop. Fortunately, outdoor rugs are available in many dimensions and shapes. You may want to use different rugs to define spaces, such as a sitting area, or under a dining set. If you are placing the rug under furniture, it is suggested to have either all of the furniture legs on the rug, or just the front legs.

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3. Have a chic and stylish outdoor umbrella with design details and color that make your space sing.

In areas of your yard where there aren’t overhead outdoor roofs or awnings—which may be everywhere or an out-of-the-way spot—an umbrella offers the perfect solution. It will provide shade precisely where and when you want some while adding a touch of color and a certain flair to your landscape. Most outdoor umbrellas measure anywhere from 5 to 11 feet in diameter atop a pole that is placed into a hole in your outdoor dining table or is anchored by a weighted umbrella base. Using a crank at the top of the pole, you can raise or lower the canopy of the umbrella. Sounds pretty simple.

Here’s where assessing your landscape comes into play. Consider:

  • The location of your outdoor table in relation to your house’s roof or overhang. Will a large patio umbrella—10 feet or more—touch the roof? Ideally, some space should exist between the roof or overhang and the umbrella.
  • Where will the umbrella be located in relation to your grill, outdoor kitchen, or indoor kitchen? Let’s put it this way you don’t want the umbrella near the open flames of a grill. It’s just not safe. It would also interrupt the flow of traffic.

    Sizes of Umbrellas

    As mentioned, when it comes to umbrellas, table size matters.

    • Table size (diameter): 30 to 36 inches—Umbrella size (diameter): 6 to 8 feet
    • Table size: 38 to 48 inches—Umbrella size: 9 to 11 feet
    • Table size: 54 to 60 inches—Umbrella size: 11 feet or large

    Types of Outdoor Umbrellas

    When you go shopping for an umbrella, don’t get confused and buy a beach umbrella—it just won’t do the job. The types of umbrella that you’ll most likely find online or at stores include:

    • Sunshades: This style is kind of like a round disc on a pole, and is intended to shade one person. You may have seen a group of sunshades at a high-end hotel, poolside, near individual chaise lounges
    • Market: These have been popular for several years, and usually indicate that they are higher quality or larger residential umbrellas, like the kind you would see shading diners on the patio of a cafe. Market umbrellas are octagonal and have vented tops.
    • Pagoda: These are Asian-inspired parasol-style umbrellas that have more of an architectural, or Japanese pagoda-like shape. Pier 1 carries a few pagoda-style outdoor umbrellas.
    • Cantilever: This type does not get inserted into that hole in your patio table; rather, its base and pole are offset away from the area to be shaded. This works for many situations that need shade: tables without holes, small tables, lounge chairs near a pool, or a deep-seating set. A plus–it doesn’t get in the way and can be adjusted as the sun moves.
    • Umbrella frames are traditionally constructed from wood, aluminum or fiberglass. The most common material is aluminum, which is also the material you will see most often on umbrella poles. If made correctly with the right finish, it resists all kinds of weather conditions. Wood frames, especially an outdoor-tolerant wood like teak, ipe or eucalyptus, is also a popular material for umbrellas but is more costly. As an alternative to aluminum, fiberglass is lightweight, flexible, non-corrosive and holds up in various weather conditions.

    Materials

    Umbrella frames are traditionally constructed from wood, aluminum or fiberglass. The most common material is aluminum, which is also the material you will see most often on umbrella poles. If made correctly with the right finish, it resists all kinds of weather conditions. A wood frame, especially an outdoor-tolerant wood like teak, ipe or eucalyptus, is also a popular material for umbrellas but is more costly. As an alternative to aluminum, fiberglass is lightweight, flexible, non-corrosive and holds up in various weather conditions.

    Sunbrella, probably the most well-known name in outdoor fabrics, began making awnings in the early 1960s. It took another 20 years before they became a big name in fabric for outdoor umbrellas, along with other upholstered furniture. Modern umbrellas use UV-resistant fabrics that are made of synthetic materials and are available in a variety of textures, finishes, prints, solids, and colors.

    Shapes

    Most, but not all, umbrellas are round. Some are octagonal (known as market umbrellas); while newer models are rectangular, to shade longer, rectangular outdoor tables.

Well, if you would like to keep decision process simple, go for irregular shapes and colors to  add  a strong design statement for your outdoor space. You probably will be surprised to find out how a chic and stylish umbrellas will transfer your backyard without all of hard-labor in landscaping.

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4. Install cool lighting fixtures.

You know the magical power of lighting. Specially right now, with so many LED products available in the market, here are all kinds of way to highlight your trees, garden sculptures, pathways for your outdoor space. We always recommend you to do a complete outdoor lighting by pros. But if you just want to have some instant gratifications, we have some tips here for you. It doesn’t’t matter who do the job, the most important thing about lighting either for indoor or outdoor is to create different layers. Here are generally 3 layers of lighting—general lighting, task lighting and accent light. For your outdoor space, general lighting can be those recessed lights on your outdoor space roof if you have one. Task lighting can be lamps on your BBQ counter or the outdoor reading lamps. Accent lighting can be those LED stripes installed in your trees to highlight the shape of the trees in the evening or your garden sculptures. Let’s take a look some examples together:

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Recessed lights on the roof for general lighting.

 

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This stylish floor lamp also serves as a heater. it adds a touch of luxury to your outdoor space.

 

 

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5.  Have a few of  8 following common plants to repel mosquitos when you are outdoors for entertainment.

  • Citronella Grass.  Citronella grass is actually the ingredient that gives citronella candles their distinct smell. Known for its distinct smell, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellants. In fact, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden recommends lemon-scented plants such as citronella grass to keep mosquitoes at bay. And the good news is that the living plant is the most effective at repelling pests. This low maintenance plant does best in large planters because it cannot withstand frost, but in warmer climates, can be planted directly a sunny area in the ground. Also, when buying Citronella, make sure you buy Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus, which are true varieties.
  • Catnip.  As you most likely know catnip attracts cats, but the same chemical in this mint plant that attracts cats also repels mosquitoes. Catnip  can be found thriving almost anywhere. It is from the mint family and grows abundantly both as a commercial plant and as a weed. It is very easy to take care of and may even start to invade other areas of your garden. However, if you are willing to forgo this plant’s insidious nature, they are amazing mosquito repellants and another recommendation from the BBG. In a study at Iowa State University, catmint was found to be ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical used in most insect repellants.
  • Lavender. Have you ever noticed that insects or even rabbits and other animals have never decimated your lavender plant? It is because of their lovely fragrance, which comes from its essential oils that are found on the leaves of the plant. It is even argued that lavender oil hinders a mosquito’s ability to smell! This plant is very tough and drought-resistant once established, and only needs full sun and good drainage. And while it can endure many climates, it thrives in warmer areas.
  • Marigolds.   Marigolds, an easy-to-grow annual flower, emit a smell that deters mosquitoes. Grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to your home to keep bugs out. Marigolds are also a popular addition to borders and vegetable gardens. According to NYBG, not only can they keep away mosquitoes, but they also dissuade aphids, thrips, whiteflies, Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, and tomato hornworms.
  • Rosemary.   Another great mosquito repellant is rosemary. Both the New York Botanical Garden and PlantShed recommended this plant. Rosemary is an herb that many of us are very familiar with and their woody scent is exactly what keeps mosquitoes as well as cabbage moths and carrot flies away. They do best in hot and dry climates and thrive in containers, which may be ideal for areas with winters. They can also be pruned into all sorts of shapes and sizes and make great borders or decorations. While the pests stay away you can enjoy the herb’s scent and also use it to season your cooking.
  • Basil.  n Basil is another herb that can also double as a pest repellent. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off are what keep pests at bay. And since all kinds of basil work to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay, feel free to explore and find the right types of basil to mix into your garden. This herb likes to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun. You can plant basil in containers or in the garden, alone or with other flowers, as long as both plants meet the same requirements.
  • Mint.   Mint is an excellent nontoxic option for keeping mosquitoes, flies and even ants away. The more pungent the aroma, the less bugs you’ll have. Grow it in pots on your patio where it can be easily reached if you want to drop a leaf or two in your afternoon tea. You can even dry the leaves and use them inside your home as a natural pest control method.
  • Sage.  If you love gathering around a fire pit in your backyard, then plant some sage nearby. Toss some of the plant into the flames and its earthy smell will ward off bugs. Sage can also be dried and used to make homemade bug spray.

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