How to Plan Your Outdoor Space Like a Pro

Simply sticking a few lawn chairs in your outdoor space won't be enough to make it feel inviting. If you want your porch, patio, deck or yard to feel like an extension of your home, work on creating a space that's just as comfortable and welcoming as your own living room. Fortunately, a few simple tips can help you to design your outdoor space like a pro.

Put Comfort First


Without a comfortable spot to relax, even the most beautifully decorated outdoor space won't get much attention from you or your guests. Finding comfortable seating options should be one of your top priorities when it comes to planning what to do with your deck, yard or any other outdoor area.

Pick a seating arrangement that works for your space. Bistro sets and bar tables with stools offer space-saving options for balconies and other modest outdoor areas. Use conversation sets or dining sets to add plentiful seating to a larger outdoor space.

Find Some Shade

Offset Umbrella

Ideally, your outdoor living areas should offer a mix of sunny and shady spots. You can add shade by using a pergola, a retractable shade, or an outdoor umbrella from Serenity Health & Home Décor. Screened porches and gazebos are also great for providing shade while also keeping pests away. Overall, it’s better to have plenty of shade since excessive sun exposure can make your patio or porch too hot to enjoy.

Light Up Your Space

Fire Pit

Don't limit the use of your outdoor living areas to the daytime. Instead, add ample lighting to create a warm, inviting ambiance even after the sun goes down. String lights are a convenient versatile and budget-friendly option for creating a well-lit outdoor space. You can also use outdoor torches, lamps, fire pits, candles or lanterns for extra lighting.

Don't forget to add lighting along walkways and stairs as well to reduce the risk of injury when enjoying your outdoor space at night. If you use wall-mounted lights on the exterior of your home, consider choosing bulbs with a soft light color to make your space feel warm and inviting rather than cold or stark.

Enjoy Convenient Features

Outdoor Kitchen

It's important to think like a professional designer when it comes to making your outdoor space more enjoyable. Being able to conveniently access certain amenities is key to encouraging more time in the fresh air. If you make electricity and water easily available outside, there will be fewer reasons to keep popping inside while you entertain. Consider installing an outdoor kitchen equipped with a water tap, sink, electrical outlets and ample counter space if your budget and space allows for it.

Even smaller outdoor spaces can become much more convenient when you think through what you'll want to have on hand while you're outside. Perhaps you can install a ceiling fan under an overhang to create a cool breeze over your seating area. Use a fire pit or patio heater to keep things toasty even when the weather is chilly.

Add Stylish Accents

Stylish Accents

Even small flourishes can have a big impact when it comes to making your porch, patio or deck more attractive. Consider using fabric items like outdoor rugs, throw pillows and blankets to add a soft touch to the space. Place potted plants around your patio for a lush look. Install a fountain in the yard or use a small tabletop fountain for the calming sound of running water.

Use these tips to make your outdoor space as beautiful, stylish and inviting as any of your indoor spaces.