Whether you’re hosting a party soon or you have a lot of friends that like to drop by for a visit, it’s not difficult to make sure that your patio or deck looks inviting. There are several easy ways to make sure that your outdoor living area is just as reflective of your personal style as the inside — and having an exterior that’s as put-together as your interior is a sure-fire way to make your friends and guests feel welcome.
So where do you start? Depending on the size of your space and the way you want to use it, you may need only a rug and some pillows. A patterned outdoor rug is a great way to add some dimension and detail, and the addition of some bright, complementary outdoor pillows will add comfort and color to the overall look.
If you like to use your outdoor space for larger gatherings, you’ll want to look into some extra table linens. A party isn’t a party unless there’s food, and guests notice when you have napkins, placemats, and table cloths that add to the tone of the party. These are especially important yet subtle decorations if you’re hosting an outdoor bridal or baby shower, because they’ll help tie everything together.
If you’re a little unsure about mixing and matching, a lot of brands make complementary sets. SFERRA offers numerous sets like this, such as their Floradella collection, which features a table runner with matching dinner napkins and placemats, or the Festival collection, which offers table linens a wide array of colors and sizes. Similarly, but for a little less money, Tag features a wide variety of kitchen and dining linens, including their Indigo collection.
No matter what you decide to add to your patio or deck, your best bet is to follow your intuition. Choose outdoor linens that complement your personal style, because chances are, your personal style will influence the way you entertain. The linens are just a fantastic way to underscore your unique taste.