www.qns.com MARCH 25, 2022 22RIDGEWOOD TIMES
How to live big in your backyard
The sun is shining, a warm breeze is
blowing and you’re itching to get
outside. You finally step out the door,
and what do you see? A vast, empty space
with untapped potential. When it comes to
designing your backyard staycation station
for the summer, you want to make a BIG
statement. After all, this is the place where
you can be the hostess with the mostest. Patio
and outdoor spaces can be tricky to style and
decorate, which is why Big Lots has created a
step-by-step guide to deck out your backyard
MAXIMIZE VALUE AND
The foundation of any space is furniture.
Determining which outdoor furniture to
purchase is as simple as viewing it as an
extension of your living space. Think about
how it will be used and how many people will
use it. Create different vignettes and focus on
“moments” you want to create in your space.
Perhaps you want a cozy little spot for a fire
pit. Or maybe you’re planning on hosting
a neighborhood potluck around a massive
outdoor dining table. Catching some poolside
rays will require some lounge chairs with,
of course, a side table to hold your vacation
drinks. Gazebos, sofas, tables, chairs, swings
and matching coolers are all important pieces
to consider when designing your space.
LIGHT UP YOUR NIGHT
To fully maximize use of your outdoor
space, you’ll next need to focus on lighting.
And if you’ve ever wondered to yourself: am
I fancy enough for an outdoor chandelier?
The answer is yes. You can also try mixing
and matching candle-lit statement lanterns
to give chill vibes to all who come by. Another
option would be to create a focal point with a
fire pit, which comes in all forms these days,
from grand outdoor fireplaces to smokeless
metal drums and classy table centerpieces.
DELIGHT IN THE DETAILS
Now we’ve arrived at the really fun part -
decorating your new space. Some of the top
trends in backyard accent décor themes
right now include bohemian, farmhouse,
coastal and mid-century. Regardless of the
theme you choose, one of the first elements
that will tie your space together is an outdoor
rug. The brighter the pattern, the better!
Since this will live outside, we’re looking
for big patterns and splashes of color to hide
big splashes of dirt. Once you’ve got your
theme and your color scheme, work in some
oversized planters, stylish accent pillows, a
scalloped umbrella, durable dining ware and
even some low-maintenance but impressive
faux plants for the finishing touch.
— Courtesy of BPT
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