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How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Space this Summer

table setting on a deck under a pergola with greenery around it.

As summer approaches, it's the perfect time to start planning outdoor activities and gatherings. Whether you're hosting a barbecue, having a romantic date night, or just enjoying a relaxing evening with friends, creating the perfect outdoor experience can elevate your summer nights. 

In this blog post, we'll provide some tips on how to create the perfect summer night outdoor experience.

How to Set a Perfect Outdoor Space

1. Set the Mood with Lighting

Lighting is key to creating a cozy and inviting outdoor space. String lights, lanterns, and candles are all great options for setting the mood. You can also add in battery-powered candles that won't pose a fire risk and can still create a cozy atmosphere. Use soft, warm lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere and consider adding dimmer switches or smart bulbs to adjust the lighting as the night progresses. 

2. Create a Comfortable Seating Area

Creating a comfortable seating area is essential for enjoying your outdoor space. Invest in comfortable chairs, sofas, cushions and hammocks to create a cozy atmosphere. Don't forget to add throw pillows and blankets to keep your guests warm as the night cools down. 

If you are trying to decorate your backyard space on a budget, check your local thrift store or browse online for used furniture in good condition. There are also helpful furniture flipping videos online that can help you revamp an old, inexpensive piece of furniture into a nice looking addition. Check out this post to learn more about setting the perfect mood this summer in your backyard.

3. Add Some Greenery and Lush Plants

Adding some greenery to your outdoor space can create a more natural and relaxing atmosphere. Consider adding potted plants or flowers to your seating area or creating a small garden in your backyard. You can also add some fresh herbs to your outdoor dining table for a pop of color and fragrance.

Consider what types of pets will be coming outside and make sure to avoid adding toxic plants that your furry friends could get into.

If you're looking for a beautiful plan that doesn't need much attention, consider a marigold plant. Marigolds come in multiple vibrant colors including white, yellow, gold and orange. These stunning flowers thrives on neglect and only really require full sun which is perfect for homeowners who might not have a green thumb.

4. Set the Table

If you're planning on having a meal outdoors, setting the table is important. Choose outdoor-friendly tableware, such as plastic or melamine plates and glasses, and add a tablecloth or runner to add some color and texture to your outdoor dining area. Remember that eating outdoors can become messy with the wrong kind of weather, bugs or other pests. Opt for materials that can be easily cleaned and dried.

5. Provide Entertainment

Outdoor games and activities can add some fun and enjoyment to your summer night experience. Consider setting up a volleyball, corn hole, Jenga, bocce ball or outdoor game area if you have the space. If you are more of a movie-goer, consider adding a projector and casting it on a blank wall or sheet to create a fun movie night under the stars.

6. Keep Bugs Away

You can't have warm, summer months without some bugs and pests. Bugs can be a nuisance during outdoor activities especially during the summer, so make sure to keep them away. Use citronella candles or torches to repel mosquitoes and other insects. 

You can also opt for a mosquito-repellent lantern that keeps bugs away while casting a nice warm light on your backyard. Consider providing bug spray for your guests or adding a screen or netting around your back porch to avoid them altogether.

7. Have Refreshments On Hand

Summer nights can be hot, so make sure to provide some refreshing drinks and snacks for your guests. Consider serving iced tea, lemonade, or fruit-infused water. You can also provide some light snacks, such as fruit skewers, cheese plates, or popcorn.

Creating the perfect summer night outdoor experience doesn't have to be difficult and with a few improvements you can quickly transform your space. By following these tips, you can create a memorable and enjoyable outdoor experience for yourself and your guests.

Reach Out to the Pros

If you start to upgrade your indoor or outdoor space and realize you need some plumbing or repair work, contact a professional like Admiral Plumbing for assistance. With over 60 years of experience, our highly trained, licensed, and insured technicians will diagnose your problem, explain every facet of the repair and follow through. Our services are backed by our 100% service guarantee and a ten year warranty.


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