This summer is the perfect time to create an outdoor living space in your own backyard. The possibilities are endless when it comes to redesigning your yard. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Function:

First you will need to decide how you want to use your space. Perhaps you want to focus on the space being used for entertaining family and friends. Others may want to transform their space into a private oasis, used for relaxation.

Theme:

Choose a theme to give your outdoor living space a cohesive look. Maybe you want a rustic woodland look which you can incorporate a lot of wood furnishings and natural elements such as stones or tree stumps for seating around a fire pit. If you want your outdoor space to feel more like an island retreat you might want to incorporate bright colored furniture complete with a cozy cabana for shade.

Amenities:

Think about what features you may want to add to your space. Lighting is important to have especially if you plan to entertain at night. When choosing furniture for your space, remember to get something that will withstand the weather. If you need a little privacy from the neighbors, think about building a fence or even incorporating outdoor curtains which doubles as a decorative element. Some other great outdoor amenities to consider include fire pits or fireplaces as well as outdoor kitchens.