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Front Page - Friday, October 16, 2020

Outdoor living design ideas

This year, getting fresh air and spending time outside the home is more important than ever to individuals and families in the Tri-state area.

Even before the pandemic, the demand for outdoor living space had been steadily growing. A majority of homebuyers (87%) ranked a patio among the top essential features in a home, a recent analysis from the National Association of Home Builders reveals.

Expanding your living space outdoors can help you enjoy nature, relax and safely entertain while social distancing. The following are a few design tips to help you enjoy the outdoors and create your own home oasis.

Select outdoor seating

Choose patio chairs or sofas designed to withstand the elements. Furniture materials such as teak or high-quality wicker are ideal for outdoor use.

If you’re purchasing outdoor seating online, double-check the measurements. Large or bulky furniture can make your living space fill cramped or disrupt the flow from outdoors to indoors.

Consider purchasing lightweight furniture so it can be easily moved.

Incorporate lighting fixtures

If you prefer to spend time outdoors after dusk or before dawn, you’ll need a solution to brighten up your space.

If you have a smaller outdoor living space, string lights are optimal. For a larger space, add decorative lanterns or small lamps on side tables to illuminate your outdoor living area.

Embrace colors, patterns

Adding bright hues or eye-catching patterns is appealing for any outdoor space. Another option is to select neutral cushions or pillows and to paint wood furniture your favorite color. Make sure to select paint and primer optimal for outdoor use.


If you have patio furniture, new pillows or cushions can create a more inviting space, and accent tables will refresh any patio set up.

Patio umbrellas can also add pizzazz to your outdoor living space, and a quick-drying rug will make smaller outdoor spaces cozier.

Gussy up with greenery

Potted plants and flowers are a stylish addition to any outdoor living space. When picking out the perfect plants for your patio, consider the amount of sun or shade in your outdoor space.

Care instructions for plants are easily found online or on plant tags if you’re shopping in stores.

To find a professional who can help you create your favorite living space inside and out, visit the online directory of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.