How to Decorate Your Outdoor Living Space

Create an outside oasis that's every bit as beautiful, comfortable, and functional as the inside of your home.

You will need

  • Hardscaping
  • Conversational areas
  • Lights
  • All-weather furniture
  • Evergreens and flowers
  • Decorative objects

Step 1 Invest in good hardscaping Invest in good hardscaping — stone walls, patios, paths, decks, gazebos, arbors. It’s the foundation for the rest of your furnishings, which can be selected and added to over time.

Step 2 Arrange conversational areas Arrange conversational areas just as you would in an indoor living room — by clustering seating around a focal point.

Step 3 Let there be light String lights wherever you can — along the top of a deck; at the edges of a table umbrella, on trees and bushes. Scatter hurricane candles around. Consider a year-round outdoor lamp with all-weather light bulbs and waterproof, washable shades.

Step 4 Make it cushy Find furnishings with an indoor feel that can be left outdoors — plump sofas and chairs made of all-weather materials; drainable cushions; water-resistant pillows, and indoor/outdoor rugs.

Step 5 Be flowery Plant lots of evergreens so something is always flourishing. Fill pots and planters with colorful seasonal blooms.

Step 6 Accessorize Add a few decorative objects. They can be as simple as vases and bowls or as elaborate as a waterfall or piece of sculpture. The only must is that it be something you love.