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Decorating Your Outdoor Kitchen

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It’s cold outside now, but this weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, spring will be here, and then glorious summer—the reason we endure these single-digit days. While you’re snuggling down and stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for your home. Don’t forget the outdoor spaces, too, including outdoor cooking and dining areas.

Summertime is when we want to be outdoors as much as possible. One way to encourage your family to be outdoors more is by spending time now thinking about your outdoor kitchen and how you can make it more comfortable and appealing. Here is some food for thought.

Consistent Style. When you’re decorating your outdoor kitchen, you want it to flow with the style of your home. If you have a traditional home, you may want your outdoor kitchen to feature a stone fireplace, brick oven, wood components or other traditional materials. If your home is contemporary, sleek lines, stainless steel and simplicity may shine.

Relaxing and Comfy. Your outdoor kitchen needs to be comfortable—no hard chairs or stiff seats here. Plush chairs and cushioned settees made of water-resistant materials are great for kicking back after a summer’s day, hopefully with a cool beverage in your hand. Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate guests you may want to invite over as well.

Side tables. Make sure you have places to put those icy cold drinks and plates. If your outdoor kitchen is breezy, make sure the furniture is heavy and solid enough to not be blown around in the wind.

Colors. A little paint can go a long way in your outdoor kitchen. You can meet with your local paint experts for ideas on how to use color to add energy, a feeling of relaxation, a nature-loving vibe—whatever you want your paint to do.

Accessories. Little pops of color are pleasing to the eye, whether it’s in a bright cushion on a chair or a colorful waterproof rug. Hanging lanterns, flowing curtains, vases for flowers, colorful dishware or pots of herbs all can add to the beauty and atmosphere of your outdoor space.

There are many ways you can make your outdoor kitchen beautiful, comfortable and welcoming. In the depth of winter it’s fun to dream about summer days and being outdoors. Plan now and you can make those winter dreams a fun, summertime reality.

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