Bistro, patio and outdoor dining surged in popularity over the last year as many places worked to stay open while staying safe. As the world very slowly starts to return to a new normal, people are beginning to plan for hosting guests and visiting friends or family, starting outdoors. That's why we're sharing tips on how to create an outdoor kitchen or at-home bistro of your very own.
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1. Bring The Kitchen Outdoors
Outdoor kitchens have grown in popularity for a while, but interest has really exploded in the past year. According to Pinterest, searches for 'outdoor kitchen ideas' have seen a dramatic increase this year.
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An outdoor kitchen needs a dedicated cooking space, usually a grill, as well as counter space for food prep and a dedicated eating area. Place a few bar stools across from the chef's workspace, hibachi style. Then finish it off with outdoor solar shades- they're like sunglasses for your porch or patio. Just be sure your solar shades aren't hanging directly over the grill or they could warp and melt.
2. Pull Up A Seat
What's an outdoor space without seating? The right seating can make or break an outdoor area's vibe. A chunky outdoor sectional feels like a relaxing outdoor lounge.
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Light weight bistro-style chairs make it easy to pull up a seat and chat. They're also a great option for outdoor dining. In the evenings, family and friends can drag the chairs around a fire pit to keep the fun and conversation going.
3. Creating Ambience With The Right Lighting
Ambience often boils down to the right mood lighting. Overpowering sun rays can harsh the vibe which is why so many bistros and coffee shops use solar shades. Outdoor solar shades are super durable and designed to withstand the elements. They act like sunglasses and cut down on glare while still preserving your view. They range in percents with a 1% openness rating allowing 1% of light through (and blocking 99%).
Also check out: What Do The Percents Mean On Solar Shades?
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Have Questions? Want More?
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