Look at the Landscaping
The first step in making your outdoor living area an inviting retreat is to clean things up after the winter weather. Get rid of any stray children’s toys or other debris that may have been left out for months. You may have to power wash your patio and the exterior walls of your house. Hose down your windows or have them cleaned professionally.
Consider Your Assets
Every outdoor space has its strengths, so embrace yours. “Look for the power spot,” said Jan Johnsen, a landscape designer and the author of “Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces.” Once you find your power spot, she said, “then you work around that.”
If you have a roof deck with an enviable view, celebrate it by placing the furnishings so they direct the eye to the vista. Is your backyard shaded by a narrow New York brownstone? Enhance the mood with a shade garden, cozy seating and soft lighting.