Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
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3 Tips for Creating a Relaxing Outdoor Living Space

Creating an inviting and relaxing outdoor living space is a fantastic way to expand your usable square footage and create a special place for seasonal relaxation and socializing. It’s no surprise that creating spaces for outdoor entertainment popped up on the top 10 list of design leaders in a recent study by New Home Trends Institute (NHTI).

Before you start sprucing up your backyard, there are a few things to consider:

#1: Choose the Right Location

A poorly placed outdoor living space can spell disaster. Before you settle on a location for your beautiful new oasis, think about orientation. When and where does the sun hit your space? Is there shade? If not, do you have a plan to add a shade option like an umbrella or covered deck? You’ll also want to consider what you hope to use the space for, whether it’s for entertaining, lounging, or maybe you’ll want a fire pit for after-dark s’mores sessions. Identifying the purpose of your space will give you ideas for furnishings and décor.

Beach Rules sign from Goodwill
Fun sign from Goodwill

#2: Create a Division

Flower pillow from Ohio Valley Goodwill
Flower pillow from Ohio Valley Goodwill

To create the picture-perfect setting you see in home improvement magazines, you’ll want to separate your outdoor space from its surroundings. This doesn’t mean you need an actual divider, although you could add outdoor curtains or vertical planters with small trees for privacy. It does mean, however, that you’ll want to create the sense that your décor is cohesive. You can achieve this by adding an outdoor rug, matching outdoor cushions, or even adorable outdoor signage.

Check your nearest Goodwill store for outdoor options at amazingly affordable prices. It’s that easy!

#3: Add the Finishing Touches

Birdhouse from Goodwill
Birdhouse from Goodwill

Whether you’re envisioning a casual lounging space, a dining area, or a birdwatching oasis, it’s important to add the small details that will create a special ambiance. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a ton on these!

Shop at Goodwill for flower pots, lanterns or candle holders, birdhouses, and more. Filling the space with greenery and cozy touches will be just what you need to blur the line between the indoors and out.

Find your nearest Goodwill store to start shopping today and soon you’ll be relaxing or entertaining in your beautiful new slice of the great outdoors!