Trending Tuesdays Topic:
Outdoor Entertaining Spaces
For our Trending Tuesdays topic this week we’re looking at outdoor entertaining. Here in Charlotte, NC we enjoy blue skies and sunny days for much of the year. The climate gives us plenty of time to enjoy being out of doors. But what if our outdoor space needs an update? Let’s look at what is trending in 2017.
Lighting and Atmosphere
First of all, what’s trending in lighting and atmosphere? There is probably nothing more relaxing that sitting by the firelight on your patio. Options can range from a full fireplace or fire pit to candles or tiki torches. Other lighting options include solar lights, lanterns, lamps and chandeliers which can be stuck in the ground, hung from a tree or draped across your space. LED bulbs make for energy efficient choices. Besides adding to the atmosphere, lighting can extend how long you can enjoy the outdoors before retreating indoors.
Natural and Comfortable Furniture
Also more popular now in 2017 is comfortable furniture made of natural materials such as teak and wicker. Concrete furniture is no longer the popular choice. And while in the past we simply placed lawn chairs out on our patios, our outdoor spaces have become a more elaborate extension of our indoors. This means your outdoor furniture set with a sofa, pair of arm chairs and coffee table makes your patio just as comfortable as your living room. This also makes for more enjoyable social events.
Finally, there is nothing more relaxing than the sound of running water. Our outdoor space can include a small pond or a solar or electric water fountain which can add to the calming atmosphere. Your water feature doesn’t need to be an elaborate installation. Most nurseries and garden centers carry an assortment of options that appeal both visually and have that appealing sound of water running.