Summer has officially arrived, and you may be gearing up for pool parties, barbecues and spending as much time as possible enjoying the warm weather. Now is the perfect time to give your outdoor living space a facelift before hosting your family and friends for the summer fun. 


Your outdoor living space is an extension of the design and impression you have established inside your home. Your outdoor furniture should complement your style inside, but also stand on its own. To get started, assess your existing pieces and replace items that have been well-loved. When updating larger furniture pieces, look for neutral fabrics that will last for years to come. Need more seating, but don’t want to replace your whole set? Add a new accent chair or two to a seating group. In need of outdoor dining? Consider adding some bench seating to accommodate more people around the table. Even rearranging your existing furniture can help update and refresh your outdoor living.


Rugs are a great way to add texture and dimension to any grouping, and they are a quick and easy update that you may not have considered. Find a neutral color that will pair with your outdoor seating group, or opt for a bold print to give your outdoor dining area a little pizzazz. A new rug can inject personality and a touch of your unique style into any outdoor living space.

Throw pillows

Pillows are a quick, easy and cost-effective way to update this summer. Because they can easily be switched out from season to season, you don’t have to change your more permanent furniture pieces. Bright, playful colors will show off your personality when paired with a neutral seating material. This is a great area to play with combining prints and solids to add visual interest. 


Much like pillows, accessories are a cost-effective way to pull together your newly refreshed outdoor living space. Before heading to the store, take stock of the things you already have in your home. Are there any accessories that can also function outdoors?  Next, determine the type of seating group you are working to accessorize. For an outdoor dining table, mix materials such as woods, ceramics and greenery to wow your guests with a gorgeous table setting. For a coffee table in a small seating group, find trays and glasses to create a bar vignette. Add greenery as desired to finish off the look. 

Remember, you don’t have to revamp everything. A few simple changes like a rug, some throw pillows or new accessories can go a long way toward brightening your outdoor living space and wowing your guests this summer.

As an Interior Designer and Owner of Peachtree Studios, Interior Design, Carolyn Kimbro creates spaces that are comfortable, personal, and interesting. Through a mix of old and new, a variation of textures, and small details, each space comes to life. Connect with her at

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