Happy end of school and graduation day! We know you are all so excited for summer – and we are too!

With Memorial Day last weekend, end of school this weekend, and the sun being out (at least currently), we are in the mood to decorate our outdoor living areas and enjoy summer! Last year we introduced a new rug line that has beautiful (and durable!) indoor/outdoor rugs. This year, that company also introduced a line of outdoor pillows, poufs, lamps, and decor. We just got in a shipment of some of our favorites, plus there are tons of other options available for custom order.

For our blog this week, we are sharing a few ideas for sprucing up your outdoor spaces!

Outdoor Living

Coordinate with your indoor decor

More than likely, you can see your outdoor rooms from your main indoor living spaces. By coordinating your decor, it helps the indoor and outdoor spaces flow and feel cohesive. It’s the best way to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out!

Outdoor Decor at B. WhimsyBut don’t be afraid to add some unexpected colors

That said – outdoor area are also a great place to experiment with different styles or colors. Don’t be afraid to introduce a new color, texture, or style in your outdoor accents.

For example, at my house, my main indoor colors are turquoise, lime green, and mustard. Outside, I swapped my mustard accents for some red accents. The majority of the decor still coordinates – while adding a bit of interest with an unexpected pop of red.

Outdoor by B. Whimsy

Anchor your space with an indoor/outdoor rug

We’ve said it before – rugs are SO important for anchoring a seating area so that the furniture doesn’t seem like it’s floating and purposeless. Area rugs can also add texture, pattern, and color. With many outdoor spaces being a bland concrete, rugs have an even bigger impact, making the space feel decorated and homey.

We have several indoor/outdoor rugs in the store (with more on the way!), plus a huge catalog you can custom order from!

Outdoor Living

Add some fun pillows

With all of the harsh concrete, wood, and metal in outdoor living spaces, cushions, poufs, and pillows soften your outdoor living area. They are key for making the space more inviting and cozy!

We are excited to offer a new line of outdoor pillows, starting at $46. Like the rugs, we have various sizes, patterns, and colors in stock – and can custom order, too.

Outdoor LivingOutdoor Living by B. Whimsy

Finish the space with some accessories

With our harsh wind and weather in this area taking a toll on our outdoor decor, we like to find accessories that are less expensive, can be replaced more often, and that are easy to move inside during inclement weather or for winter if needed. For example, some nature-themed canvas prints, bright metal trays, lanterns, and fun accent furniture. Think outside of the box a little – even things not labeled indoor/outdoor can be used outdoors. We often put metal or wood side tables on outdoor patios.

And don’t forget a touch of greenery and flowers to add life to your space – whether real, potted plants or a wreath, topiaries, or some moss balls.

Outdoor Living by B. Whimsy

Happy summer and happy decorating!

**Some photos via Surya.com and Surya’s Pinterest page! Follow them for more outdoor inspiration – we can custom order most of the items they showcase!

 

1 Comment on Friday Five :: Summer Living

  1. Joyce Williams
    May 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Luv your Fri Five!!!