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How to Create a Dreamy Outdoor Nook

What is your place of seclusion? Where do you find your moment of Zen? Is there a corner in your home where you feel safe, secure and at peace? For most people, such a place is their bed, an armchair next to their book shelves or that special corner filled with all their favorite stuff and scented candles. Others find solitude in the outside area and think that Mother Nature can offer them more than any inside spot.

That is why they turn their balconies, patios, porches or backyards into dreamy outdoor nooks they can enjoy all day long. If you decorate it appropriately, add a special touch to it and include proper outdoor furniture, such a nook can become quite special and resemble a true Bohemian atmosphere. Here are several ideas to achieve that.

Outdoor Furniture

While most people think that traditional indoor furniture such as sofas, armchairs, benches, tabourets and coffee tables are not suitable for the outdoors, other disagree and think that only stylish pieces of furniture can make your outdoor nook amazing. However, with so many options to choose from, it is not only about the style of your furniture, but how you decorate it. Colorful cushions and fabrics that match the outdoor atmosphere will help you make basically any piece new and exciting.

But, there is something that nobody can argue with – timber furniture. It excels its competition by not just being extremely elegant and chic, but also by bringing certain coziness into the entire design, claim the people behind Robert Plumb. Timber furniture is adaptable and can easily be personalized, and you do not even have to purchase new pieces – just re-purpose some of the old ones you already have in your home and you are good to do.

Cushions: The More, the Merrier

The aforementioned cushions are not only good for decorating, but are also unavoidable when it comes to achieving a certain atmosphere. Picture your sofas and armchairs full of colorful and fluffy cushions – better yet, picture yourself lying there, in the open, all day long, surrounded by more softness you could have ever imagined!

Shabby-chic Style Landscape

Another benefit of cushions are their colors and patterns. There are numerous options to pick from when decorating an outdoor nook, but the easiest way to establish a dominant color theme is by using cushions. A number of people prefer floral motifs and vivid colors, but, instead of choosing these, you can make your own outdoor cushions with the materials you like.

Lights and Decorations

Just because your nook is in the open does not mean that it does not need proper lighting. This is another chance for you to be creative and use different sources of light. You can go for lamps and chandeliers, or, on the other hand, place several scented candles into glass jars. Furthermore, solar and battery-powered lights are always good options for an outdoor setting.

In addition to lighting, you have to think of the decorations, as well. Since you are arranging your own nook, make sure it fits you the most. Some of the options to be explored include dream catchers, repainted pottery, colorful ornaments and plant holders – but, do not forget to consider a fire pit or a small fountain.

Finishing Touches

No outdoor nook is complete without plants and that is why you should definitely include as many flowers, bouquets and vases as possible. There are no restrictions to which you should pick, so trust your instincts on this one and include your favorites. After all of these stages, you will be able to spend countless hours in your new outdoor space and enjoy your free time better than ever.


Article written by Lillian Connors. If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. As the Co-Editor at SmoothDecorator, she cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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