Take Your Deck From Day to Night in Minutes

Turn your deck into a cozy spot you'll want to enjoy day or night with these simple additions.

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May 07, 2018

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

The Perfect Spot

If you're going to invest your time and money creating an inviting outdoor space, you should get plenty of use out of it. These tips will help you and your crew enjoy it 24/7.

Casual Hangout

Transform your serving area into a prime hangout by providing plenty of seating, blankets and snacks. Ideally, the furniture you're using will have easy access around all sides.

Ready for Breakfast

You don't necessarily need a dining table to enjoy breakfast outdoors. You can easily transform a cocktail bar into a breakfast bar with a few simple tweaks. It's the ideal spot to caffeinate and catch up on the news.

Behind Closed Doors

Impromptu outdoor entertaining is easy if you do a tiny bit of prep. Keep a few spirits and your favorite barware on hand so when company pops over, you're ready to relax without a lot of fuss. Look for furniture with closed storage so your wares stay dust-free. Also, buy barware that's acrylic so you won't be worried about broken glass (should an accident happen).

Fired Up

Cool nights are no excuse to stay indoors. Big or small, a fire pit will keep everyone warm (and cast an attractive glow). You get a lot of bang for your buck with a fire pit, as it's often a focal point of the space. Bonus points for one that has a hard top and can pull double-duty when it's not in fire mode.

Foodie Central

You don't have to host a full-blown five-course dinner party to enjoy dining after dark. Throw together a few easy apps, grab a couple bottles of Merlot and let guests serve themselves. You can enjoy the evening outdoors and won't get tied up in the kitchen or at the grill.

Get Cozy

Keep plenty of throw blankets handy and you'll be more apt to hang out all night. Blankets and pillows are also a great, inexpensive way to introduce fun colors into your outdoor space without a lot of commitment. The cozier your space, the more you'll spend time in it.

Made in the Shade

Don't let the sun deter your outdoor fun — a large, UV-protected umbrella will keep everyone cool and collected. And if your table doesn't have a built-in spot for an umbrella, check out one of the many cantilevered canopy versions available. They usually cost a bit more than a table umbrella but could be well worth the investment.

Family-Friendly Features

Create fun activities in your outdoor space, encouraging everyone to head outdoors. Plant low-maintenance wildflowers, herbs and veggies so you and your little ones can enjoy gardening together. Plant groupings not only make for a nice backdrop, they help soften the space and add subtle fragrance you'll enjoy day or night.

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Subdued Lighting

When it comes to creating ambiance, lighting is a great place to start. And we're not talking about ultra-bright task lighting. Candles, rope lights and vintage cafe lights are easy to work with and add a romantic glow. Torches and solar lights are also smart options that don't require an electrician.

Stylish Sconces

Even the darkest corners of your deck or patio will become more functional and inviting once they're well-lit. Outdoor lighting options have come a long way, so there's an array of attractive fixtures for every budget. Many homes have small, contractor-grade light fixtures that don't put out much light after dark, so it may be time to upgrade to a larger, more stylish sconce. And if you're on a strict budget, consider buying a clearance fixture then spray-painting it a bold hue.

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