Decorating an Outdoor Space: Finishing Touches

We’ve covered finding your perfect flooring and furniture in the past few months and now we’re adding the finishing touches.

By now, you’ve probably got your flooring and furniture all picked out for your outdoor space this summer. All that remains is the finishing touches that really make it feel like an extension of your home.

  • Add color – Use outdoor throw pillows, blankets, pots, watering cans and other small pieces in bright colors and patterns to give your space some personality without breaking the bank. These pieces are also easy to swap out if you’re looking to refresh or change color schemes.
  • Let there be light – Add candles and light fixtures to your outdoor space to maximize the hours of the day you can use the space. If you’re looking for something permanent and have a ceiling in your space, consider a chandelier or other eye-catching light fixture. If not, use strings of lights—even Christmas lights will do—to add whimsy and function to the space. Another benefit of string lights is they can be strung up practically anywhere.
  • Add some privacy – If you can’t (or don’t want to) build a fence, add some privacy with well-placed fabric curtains, potted plants or a trellis with plants.
  • Bring the indoors outside – Layer an outdoor rug on your floor. This can add coziness and make your outdoor space feel like a “real” room.

What unique finishing touches have you added to your outdoor space? Let us know in the comments!

Hardwood Flooring Species

Hardwood floors are one of the most popular flooring choices there is.Bolivia-765_Plank_LG Hardwoods look great, and adds value and visual appeal to a home. Each type of hardwood species has specific characteristics. Here are some of the most popular hardwood flooring species for your home:

  • Oak is one of the most popular hardwood flooring options in the United States. Oak comes in red or white varieties, and there is a wide array of colors within the varieties of oak. It is a durable hardwood, making it resistant to scratches and dents.
  • Ash is very light-colored, ranging from white to tan. Ash is very strong and durable, meaning with proper care it will last for years. It also tends to be less expensive than other hardwood flooring options.
  • American Chery has a light to medium reddish brown color. It is easy to maintain and looks great once finished, but it is one of the softest hardwood options there is.
  • Brazilian Cherry has a medium reddish wood color. Brazilian cherry is an extremely hard material, making it durable and good for high traffic areas.
  • Walnut flooring’s color can range from dark brown to black, depending on the wood’s origin. Walnut is strong and durable, but it is an expensive option.
  • Maple flooring is lighter in color with subtle grain detailing. Maple is a very sturdy and durable choice.

Which hardwood flooring species did you pick for your home? Let us know in the comments!