Summertime begs for outdoor entertaining, whether your tastes run toward spending evenings around a fire pit, sipping drinks from the front porch swing, or hosting intimate gatherings on the back deck. Consider these backyard ideas to add a little personality to your next get-together.
Design the deck space
Consider your deck as an outdoor extension of your home. Your outdoor living space should reflect the décor of your home’s interior, but with a personality all its own. Think of your deck as an outdoor living room, and fill it with plush seating, ottomans, cozy pillows and an area rug. The possibilities are endless.
Set the tone and choose a decorating theme. Go boho chic with layered patterned rugs, plenty of candles, and a cozy throw blanket. Or try tropical, with potted palms, lots of printed pillows, and a hammock for relaxing.
Light it up
The simplest and most cost-effective way to add lots of ambiance to your backyard is to string a set of lights or two. Opt for chic decorative lights to glam up your backyard, or choose lights that are a little more kitschy to set the scene for a party space. Either way, twinkling lights go a long way to brighten the mood and keep the party illuminated long past sunset.
Add a little heat
Is there anything better than gathering around a bonfire with friends and family? From portable, enclosed outdoor fireplaces to open, metallic pits, there are plenty of affordable and stylish options available. Make a new family tradition this summer by stocking up on marshmallows and roasting sticks for weekly s’mores-making sessions.
Keep it swinging
Porch swings are the quintessential summer afternoon perch. Go for a simple, classic wood swing, mix it up with an ornate metal design, or opt for a rustic Adirondack swing for total relaxation. Add comfortable cushions and colorful pillows to complete the look.
Establish traffic patterns
Regardless of the size of your backyard, your outdoor living spaces will work better together—and be easier to navigate—if you establish clear traffic patterns. Rely on your garden and landscaping features to create formal walkways. Use minimalist, clean line pavers to create paths, or plant shrubs to establish corners and borders.
Whether your outdoor entertaining dreams include an open-air kitchen and dining area or a cozy fire pit for roasting marshmallows, Trinity Homes can work with you to take your inspiration to reality. When you choose to build a semi-custom home with Trinity, these backyard ideas are just the tipping point of possibilities in your next home. Our design team is ready to help make the home of your dreams a reality. Contact a sales representative to get started.