Some people prefer to go with a fun beach theme for their outdoor space, while others have a goal of making their yard as colorful as possible, especially if they used minimal colors decorating the inside of their home. You want something different. Your vision is an outdoor space that is elegant and fit for relaxing with friends over an expensive bottle of wine and imported cheese. If elegance is the look you are going for, put these seven tips to use.

Fonte Acanto Outdoor Water Fountain

Fonte Acanto Outdoor Water Fountain
Dimensions: 66" H x 32" D

  • Embrace Natural Surroundings

    Do not be too quick to start chopping down that evergreen or ripping the wild vines off the side of the house. Embrace the natural setting you are surrounded by, and use it to your advantage. If you feel like you need to create a little texture, mix in some ferns and hostas.

Cascading Hosta Garden Water Fountain

Cascading Hosta Garden Water Fountain
Dimensions: 27"L x 18"W x 18.25"H

  • Stainless Steel Kitchen - If you do a lot of entertaining, build a covered summer kitchen with plenty of stainless steel. Something about this finish is just naturally sophisticated. Alternately, you could go with a bar and some stools or high-back chairs instead.

Grande Brushed Stainless Steel and Clear Glass Floor Fountain

Grande Brushed Stainless Steel and Clear Glass Floor Fountain
Dimensions: 118"H x 48"W x 18"D

  • White Wicker - White wicker furniture is timeless and versatile. It is probably never going to go out-of-style and it can adapt to virtually any theme. So, in the future, if you feel like transitioning to a Victorian, nautical, or beach-themed outdoor space, your furniture will not have to be replaced.

Quartet Garden Fountain

Quartet Garden Fountain
Dimensions: 22″ x 20″ x 32.5″

  • Outdoor Fountains - Every outdoor living space needs water features, especially an elegant one. Outdoor fountains are available in a wide variety of size, styles, finishes, and themes, so you will have no problem finding one to complement your décor or to inspire the look of your future furniture.

  • Living Room Elements

    The easiest way to create an elegant space is to decorate it as you would the interior of your home. Add a rug, wall art, end tables, etc. Throw pillows are a nice touch, and you can always store them in a bench when you don't need them, if they are not weatherproof.

  • Exotic Plants - In most cases native plants are recommended to use in your landscaping, but if you want an elegant environment with a bit of mystery, add planters of bonsai trees, orchids, alpinias, calatheas, strelitzias, etc. However, you do need to be prepared for the upkeep of exotic plants.

  • Bio Fuel Fireplace - Buy a tabletop or small freestanding bio ethanol fireplace, so you can enjoy it indoors and outdoors.