We all know the benefits of spending more time outside in the fresh air. As the warmer weather months approach, we wanted to inspire and share some ideas and tips for making your outdoor space of any size stylish, comfortable and inviting.

Take a Seat

Creating flexible seating options, such as easy-to-move chairs, accent tables and footstools that double as seating, and tabletop space let you easily add more spots to sit when having friends over. There are hundreds of weather-resistant furnishings and fabrics to choose from that allow you to personalize your space to your design style preferences.

Recommended retail sources: IKEA®, Cost Plus World Market®, Pottery Barn, West Elm

The Power of Plants

Incorporating greenery is a way to bring nature to your living space. The natural organic elements promote a sense of peace and enhance overall well-being. Plants and flowers can be tonal or add a pop of color depending on which species you prefer. Not only are there traditional planter boxes and pots to consider, but there are also so many other fun options—from hanging plants and baskets to pocket planters that you can drape from vertical surfaces. There’s a wide variety to choose from that will perfectly match the space you aim to bring to life.

Recommended retail sources: Armstrong Gardens, Lowe’s® Home Improvement

Adding Layers

Think of your outdoor living space as an extension of the interior of your home. By layering in items like outdoor rugs, artwork, string lighting, pillows, cushions, umbrellas and candles, your space will feel like a natural extension of your home. Add in your favorite playlist, snacks and drinks, and you just created your new favorite room.

Recommended retail sources:Target, CB2, Crate & Barrel, Z Gallerie