Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space This Summer

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space This Summer

Selecting great outdoor furniture is just as important as indoor furniture. During the warmer months, you want a space where you can enjoy the outdoors. A space that’s both comfortable and functional and allows your indoor rooms to move outside. Whether you have a deck or patio, there are a number of ways to upgrade your outdoor living space so you can embrace all that summer has to offer. Here, MERGE HOME discusses some inexpensive ways to update/refresh your outdoor space this summer.

Create a Luxury Backyard Getaway

Outdoor Furniture

What kind of furniture you get depends on your space and how you want to use it. Deciding on the function of your outdoor space is the first step. If you’re interested in a more laid-back, relaxed area, where you won’t normally be dining or entertaining a lot of guests, then a simple modular outdoor couch with a low coffee table might be a good option. However, if you intend to frequently dine outside and host friends and family, then a suitable dining table and chairs are a must. If you have a pool, maybe a couple of loungers and a side table is just what you need. Consider your space, its function and add some weather-resistant outdoor furniture of your style preference to create the perfect outdoor space you will enjoy all summer long.


If you aren’t in a place to purchase new outdoor furniture, adding some cozy blankets, throws and accent pillows is a great way to spruce up your existing furniture and make it feel like new. Use the colors and patterns of the textiles to create a cohesive palette that works with what you already have. Cushions and throws help to soften metal outdoor furniture that can sometimes appear harsh on its own, however, be sure to get weather-resistant textiles or bring them in when the weather is bad so they last for as long as possible.

Ambiance Lighting

In the evening, the best way to create the ultimate cozy outdoor space is with lighting. It is a generally inexpensive way to update your space and make an immediate impact. Some outdoor lighting options to consider include:

– String/fairy lights
– Rope lighting (illuminate/outline paths, steps, railings, etc.)
– Solar lights
– Lighting accessories (lanterns, outdoor chandeliers, citronella candles, etc.)

Fire Pits

Fire pits add an unmatched level of ambiance to your outdoor living space and vary greatly in style and price. If where you live allows for one, it is a great backyard addition that can be utilized year-round — think summer s’mores, fall bonfires and drinking hot chocolate around the fire during the winter. Just be sure to use your weather-resistant cover when it’s not in use to protect it from the elements.

Plants and Planters

Flowers and plants add so much life to any space. Adding fun, vibrant plants and colorful flowers in on-trend planters is a simple patio idea that can change the way you think about and experience your outdoor space. Grouping planters of various heights and widths in odd-numbered clusters can also create a striking visual impact. Or, if the season is right, buy some seeds and grow your own garden!

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MERGE HOME has taken Atlanta’s interior design scene to a new level by offering clients a versatile way to find their style. Founder, owner and design expert, Marty Mason, taps into his inherent understanding of customers and ability to anticipate design trends to offer a shopping experience like no other. Merge Home’s sought-after interior design services fit all needs and budgets to create a look that is unique to each customer’s personal style. Give us a call to get started on your next design project at 404-355-1399 or VISIT OUR RETAIL STORE in West Midtown.

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