Whatever the size, your backyard can be a great meeting and relaxing space if you know how to set up a sitting nook. But, despite common opinion, decorating your backyard doesn’t have to be very expensive. All it needs is a little time and effort, a few pieces of furniture, and your imagination. Here are a few tips to affordably transform your backyard, patio, or porch, into a laid-back oasis.
Mapping Out a Floor Plan
This is the first step to follow before setting up an outdoor sitting area. If you map out a floor plan, it will give you the exact idea of the size of your backyard. Once you get that, it’s surprisingly easy to set up an alfresco sitting area. For example, in a longer stretch of backyard space, you can create a simple horseshoe living-room-style format with a wicker bench, a center table, and chairs. This will ensure comfort and optimal conversation flow when used.
Anchoring the Space
The next step is to anchor the sitting space with a centerpiece. It can be an unusually designed center table, a cozy plush sofa set, a beautifully carved accent piece, or even a bright patterned outdoor rug. Rugs ground any sitting nook superbly while pulling everything together into one single unified space. They also bring a dash of color to the space. Just add the bigger pieces of furniture surrounding it followed by the smaller ones and accents.
Mixing Hues and Prints
Mixing and matching patterns and colors is the fastest way to liven up any simple seating area. Patterned floor mat or rug and sofa seat cover in contrasting hues can brighten up your backyard in a jiffy. Top a scalloped patterned or blue striped seat cover with a medley of cushions and pillows in fun summery prints or contrasting bright solids. Consider palm tree or floral print, jade green, sea blue, sunshine yellow, and fuchsia pink hues. For a long bench or sofa, display a minimum of 5-6 pillows to give the area an ultra-inviting look.
Adding a Naturally Refreshing Flair
Setting up a few planters is the easiest way to make your backyard feel just like a luxe retreat. Thoughtfully arrange lush green plants in a few pots and planters of various sizes, one or two with bright colorful flowers, and a few eye-catching touches of sitting arrangements and accents. Your backyard sitting nook will liven up in no time. This little touch of nature will keep the space cooler and comfortable even on a sunny afternoon.
Creating a Cozy Amped-Up Ambience
For an outdoor sitting space, try to include materials that are the perfect blend of trendy and cozy. Burlap or rattan chairs, baskets, or sofa sets can do the trick easily by adding a feeling of warmth to the space. Then amp up the entire ambiance with candles and lanterns, and see how your backyard can be brightened and lightened up even after the sunset. The soft glow from different-sized candles and lanterns will double the warmth and coziness of the area in ways you simply can’t get from lamps.