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.
Bring storytime outside to create a magical reading experience and happy memories. Choose books with stories about the outdoors, camping themes or nocturnal animals that engage the imagination.
DEFINE YOUR AREAS
Create cozy conversation areas by setting up groups of chairs and tables, each marked with a few torches, table torches or citronella candles. By designating specific areas, you make your backyard more digestible to the eye and allow different areas to become different destinations. Keep styles similar or change up the vibe of each nook to make it a new experience.
GREENERY IS KEY
If you’re decorating a patio or apartment balcony, try adding a small potted plant to your table or a larger plant in a planter. If you have more space to play with, don’t overthink every inch. Keep it simple, and emphasize one or two main areas with larger, unique plants.