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Springtime brings plenty of opportunities for outdoor gatherings with loved ones. Get your patio or balcony ready with these tips and trends.

Start with an Outdoor Rug

A rug is a super easy way to create a focal point for an entertaining space. It also pulls an outdoor area together and gives it a warm, inviting feeling. This year’s trends include subtle, rustic patterns and simple neutrals and patterns that will make a great canvas for highlighting bold outdoor furniture.

Create a Plant Wall

Having a plant wall in your outdoor space makes for the perfect blend of beauty and functionality, and it’s a popular trend in outdoor décor. You can easily accomplish this by purchasing shelves or planters that can be set up against one side of your patio or balcony. If you want to emphasize the look of the plants, then choose pots of similar styles and colors. Or go all out with an eclectic collection of pots.

Design the Space Around Its Intended Use

What do you envision for your outdoor space? Will you be hosting small dinner parties and lazy Sunday morning brunches? Or are you going for something a little more laid back and casual, like Friday night beers and Saturday afternoon card games? If group dining is your goal, then make a table the focal point and add stylish chairs that complement your area rug. Or if it’s casual get-togethers that you’re after, put together a living space with a loveseat or plush outdoor chairs, with a coffee table in the middle.

Add Special Touches

What makes an entertaining space feel cozy and fun is the personal touches. Hang strings of outdoor lights. Toss a few throw pillows and lap blankets on the furniture. Feature a vintage tablecloth on the furniture. Place oversized LED lanterns around the area.

Go Minimalist

If you are on a tight budget, or want to keep your space feeling open and expansive, keep your setup simple. Choose three or four seating options, a simple table, and a rug to pull everything together. This will give the illusion that the space is bigger than it is, and will reflect one of the latest trends of minimalist design.

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