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Creative Ways to Personalize a Plain Outdoor Space

Just as the first signs of spring appear, I can be found getting my patio ready for the upcoming months of relaxing and entertaining. This is the best time of the year to prep your outdoor space to ensure it can be utilized to its fullest potential during the warm days ahead. IKEA offers affordable outdoor pieces that are key to livening up any space, while also being mindful of practicality and space saving options. Check out these tips for personalizing the space that sees the most action during the spring, summer and fall months.

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  • Create zones! A lot of activities happen outdoors; everything from roasting marshmallows to relaxing with a book to grilling up a meal for friends and family. Outdoor rugs and patio tiles are a great way to visually add warmth and to divide the spaces by function.
  • Set the mood! Sprinkle table-top lanterns around your surfaces, patio and yard. Lanterns paired with decorative string lighting overhead are the perfect combination for a romantic dinner for two or an entire yard full of friends and family.

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  • Create the ultimate outdoor kitchen by combining your grill with storage carts and cabinets. The cabinets are ideal for on the spot entertaining; keep them stocked with all of your favorite outdoor dining pieces, textiles and servingware. By setting up a secondary kitchen outdoors, the chef can continue to be in on the entertaining action.
  • Utilize caddies to easily tote items from your indoor kitchen to your outdoor cooking station.

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  • Add privacy and life with greenery. A combination of planters, trellises and tabletop green houses are a fantastic way to add earthy character while also providing fresh vegetables and herbs to add to your nightly meals.
  • Select smart seating options. Weather can change at a moments notice; one day it might be hot and humid and the next it could be raining cats and dogs. Outdoor furniture should be able to withstand the changing moods of the sky, yet should also be comfortable enough that you want to use it every day. Not only do outdoor cushions provide comfort, they come in a variety of patterns and colors to add a splash of personality to any seating area. A throw blanket or two is always a nice touch for chillier evenings.

IKEA Personalized Outdoor Setting

  • Another fun way to add color is through your tabletop settings. Don’t be afraid to select runners, trays and dinnerware from different sets and product lines, to add character and color through mixing and matching patterns and finishes. Another way to amp the table display is to transfer beverages to glass carafes and foods to serving dishes and even decorative jars.

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  • Nothing warms up a space better than a nice, toasty fire. Bring in a portable fire pit to be sure everyone at the party has a blazin’ good time.

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For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.

One Response to “ Creative Ways to Personalize a Plain Outdoor Space ”

  1. These are beautiful outdoor space ideas Jen! I just loved your way of adding earthy characters to your home. Perfect way to live green!




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