COUNT YOUR COLORS
Designers recommend picking three main colors: a primary color, a secondary color and an accent color. Too many colors can be dizzying. Too few can be dull. You can use napkins, candles and small table torches, to provide pops of color against neutral tablecloths and plates. Or you can go all out and let bold colors play a more dominant role.
CHOOSE NATURAL LIGHT
With all due respect to Thomas Edison, sometimes you want to give harsh electric lights a rest. There’s a dark-sky movement in heavily populated areas to try to reduce light pollution. Illuminating your patio with the warm glow of natural flames lets you enjoy the brilliance of the night sky, plus stargazers everywhere will thank you.
HAVE A FIRE ELEMENT
Don’t underestimate the power of a natural flame. Line walkways with torches or use a statement piece to set the mood. Use torch fuel with proven repellency to keep away those unwanted guests (you know, the ones that bite), and keep the fire element going by adding citronella candles or table torches to any tablescape. These outdoor elements are durable and make setting the mood easy with a quick light.
MIX AND MATCH
Don’t be afraid to add it! Combine different styles and shapes. Gather chairs you have around your house and bring an assortment of pillows to your outdoor space. Make each seating space a different experience for you and your guests.