Whether you have a small court­yard or big back­yard, these easy dec­o­rat­ing tips will help you cre­ate your very own out­door es­cape.

Homes+ (Australia) - - INSPIRING CHOICES - Clare Hil­lier Editor and Cre­ator, Checks and Spots check­sandspots.com

To cre­ate a space that feels invit­ing, carry all the com­fort and style of your in­door rooms through to the out­doors. Not only will this give you a vis­ual con­nec­tion be­tween the two, but it also makes the most of your home’s space by creat­ing an ex­tra ‘room’.

For those that would like a sum­mer vibe year-round, have fun and play with a bright pal­ette of punchy hues.

Durable and easy to care for, tiles make a great choice for out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas. To an­chor your space team a spe­cially de­signed out­door rug with your out­door tiles. Make sure you don’t skimp on size though, oth­er­wise your space will look smaller. In­stead, choose a rug that is large enough to ac­com­mo­date din­ing chairs that are pulled out.

Light­ing is one of the eas­i­est ways to cre­ate an en­chant­ing out­door space. Keep in mind that it’s bet­ter to have mul­ti­ple low-level lights rather than a sin­gle, bright bulb that can ‘blind’ the eyes.

When choos­ing out­door fur­ni­ture look for tables, chairs and sun lounges that are built to last out­doors and are as flex­i­ble as your life­style. The best pieces en­cour­age to­geth­er­ness by be­ing easy to move around and cre­ate al­ter­nate seat­ing. Also, keep large pieces of fur­ni­ture vis­ually light so they don’t over­power your gar­den view.

Pil­lows and cush­ions can help soften the great out­doors and cre­ate a spot where you’ll want to linger. If you plan on leav­ing them out­side, look for cush­ions in fab­ric that is fade and wa­ter re­sis­tant.

Last, but by no means least, choose pots with strong lines that show off the plant, rather than the con­tainer. And for vis­ual har­mony, group pots in sim­i­lar shapes, but dif­fer­ent sizes.

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