Have you ever thought about having your own outdoor oasis? Just picture it, like a full living room outdoors - you're laying on a comfortable outdoor sofa, letting the breeze brush wisps of hair against your face, the warm sunlight on your skin. You’re drifting to sleep as you read your favorite book. Life couldn’t get any more perfect. 


It sounds like a dream, but believe it or not, it can be your reality! As you plan your outdoor oasis, you’ll want to think about how you can create the perfect outdoor living area that’s stylish, comfortable, and functional. Outdoor furniture can transform your backyard into an extension of your home. So, it’s time to explore some tips on how to create a stylish outdoor living area with furniture. 




Determine Your Outdoor Living Needs


The first step in creating a stylish outdoor living area is to determine your needs. How will you be using the space? Do you plan on entertaining guests, lounging with family, or using the space as an outdoor dining area? Once you determine your needs, you can then select furniture that fits those needs. 




Choose Quality Furniture


Outdoor furniture should be seen as an investment. Something that lasts for years. When choosing furniture, it’s essential to select high-quality pieces that are designed to withstand the elements. Look for furniture made from materials such as teak, aluminum, or synthetic wicker that are durable and weather-resistant. Quality furniture will not only look great, but it will also save you money in the long run since you won’t need to replace it frequently.


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Tie the whole look of your home together with outdoor furniture that complement's your home's style.


Select Furniture that Complements Your Home’s Style


Your outdoor living area should reflect the style of your home’s interior. If you have a modern home, consider selecting contemporary furniture with clean lines and neutral colors. If you home has a more traditional look, then maybe you should opt for furniture with more classic designs and ornate details. Whatever furniture you choose should complement your home’s style and create a cohesive look that flows seamlessly from indoors to outdoors. 




Incorporate Color and Texture


Adding color and texture to your outdoor living area can make it feel more inviting and comfortable. Choose furniture pieces that come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. Outdoor cushions and throw pillows can also be used to add pops of color and texture to your furniture. You’ll want to be sure to select colors and patterns that complement each other to create a cohesive and stylish look. 




Creating zones in your outdoor space will maximize space and make it functional.


Create Zones for Different Activities


Creating different zones within your outdoor living area can help to maximize your space and make it more functional. And these zones can be whatever you want! For example, you could create a dining area, a lounging area, and a grilling area. Whatever you decide to do, each zone should have its own furniture pieces. In this case, you’d want a dining table and chairs, sofa and chairs (or loungers), and a grill station. This will help you to create a more organized and functional space for all your desired outdoor activities. 




Add a Focal Point


Adding a focal point to your outdoor living area can create a sense of visual interest and really anchor the space. A fire pit, a water feature, or an outdoor sculpture are all great options for creating a focal point. If you’re looking for a focal point that’s more functional than it is decorative, you can instead opt for a large piece of furniture like an outdoor sectional or dining table. Whatever you choose, you’ll want to be sure it’s a statement piece that stands out and adds to the overall style of the space. 




Incorporate Lighting


Outdoor lighting is essential for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in your outdoor living area. String lights, lanterns, and candles can all be used to create a warm and relaxing ambiance. If you plan on using your outdoor living area at night, be sure to incorporate enough lighting to create a safe and functional space. 




Consider Storage Options


Outdoor furniture can take up a lot of space, so it’s essential to consider storage options. Look for furniture pieces that have built-in storage, such as outdoor benches with hidden storage compartments. Outdoor storage cabinets can also be sure to store cushions, pillows, and other outdoor accessories when not in use. By incorporating storage options into your outdoor living area, you can keep the space organized and clutter-free. 




Don’t Forget About Shade


Shade is essential for creating a comfortable outdoor living area, especially during hot summer days. Sitting outside in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time can be uncomfortable and lead to heat exhaustion. And you don’t want that! 


Having outdoor furniture with built-in shade options gives you the versatility in how you use your outdoor space. You can enjoy it at any time of the day without having to worry about the sun’s position or temperature. 




Thinking you might need some design help to bring the vision of your outdoor space to life? No problem! The design experts at Willis Furniture & Mattress are here to help. Get started today, or speak to our team of designers - they have years of experience in helping customers and clients create personalized design for their home, specializing in a variety of design styles, project sizes and budgets. Not to mention, you’ll feel like a VIP with a personal designer that helps you realize your design dreams all while making the whole process effortless. 


And if you’re looking for custom furniture, be sure to order in advance! It could take a few weeks for your furniture to be delivered, so start planning sooner than later so you can really maximize your summer months.




There you have it! Ways for you to create a stylish outdoor living area with furniture. All of your wildest outdoor living dreams are about to come true. Go forth and conquer, and enjoy the beautiful warm weather!