Yard Makeover: The Must-Haves to Do Outdoor Entertaining Right

outdoor kitchen with dining table

It’s nice to have an extra area for entertaining guests or to relax after a long, hard day at work, right? In most instances, the best place for that isn’t found inside the home, but actually outdoors. Right at the backyard, where you can have a clear view of the sunset or get some fresh air.

If you want to make your outdoor area more comfortable, more suitable for outdoor entertaining, then you should pay attention to these essentials:

Right furniture

The right furnishings depend on the kind of space you have. If you have a large area, then you might want to divide it up, assign distinct zones, and find pieces that fit. Dining tables and chairs for the alfresco area. Wicker sofas for conversation spaces.

Small, colorful benches in the kids’ play area. On the other hand, if you only have a limited space, then take into consideration the type of entertaining you’re most likely to do. Is it hosting barbecue parties? Invest in a grill station and a long wooden dining table.

Having 2 AM conversations under the moonlight? Consider having a sunken fire pit. Maximize the space you have by reflecting your lifestyle in it. Again, take note of the principle: the right furniture for the right space.

Enough shade

man installing an awningYou can’t enjoy lounging in your backyard when all you’re doing is squinting at the harsh sunlight or keeping your body from being sunburnt. That said, you need to have your outdoor living area covered. There are lots of options for this, again, depending on the type of space you have.

If you only need to cover a small chunk of your yard, perhaps a patio umbrella would do. The freestanding ones are better than the table-mounted since they can be moved around easily to areas you need shade the most. Of course, there’s also the option of having a retractable awning.

This is suitable for larger areas that need shade. Whatever you choose, make sure that your covering can withstand harsh weathers, offer protection against the sun’s harsh rays, and stays vibrant in color through time.

Strategically-placed lighting

Lighting is something most people often forget when it comes to outdoor entertaining. But it’s essential, precisely because you’ll never be able to appreciate the space’s functionality and aesthetics when it’s not visible. Right? So plan deliberately for lighting.

And one of the most important things to note here is the placement. It should be strategic. It should be near seating areas. String lights around your conversation pit or over at your dining table. There should be lighting in the paths, too.

This will not just help improve safety, but also add a dramatic punch to the whole look of the space, enticing family and friends to stay longer and relax better. Place some mood lighting near key plants, too, for added aesthetic appeal.

Think of your backyard as an extension of your interiors. Host intimate dinners in it. Unwind there while watching the sunset. And make these all the more comfortable by having these outdoor entertaining must-haves.

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