If you want your outdoor area to get your guests attention, designers say lighting is key! Forget typical ceiling fans and create different levels of lighting with gas sconces, chandeliers and table lamps. Designers say, nothing flickers like real flame in a gas lantern. If you really want to make a statement, how about a gorgeous chandelier made of iron, crystal or blown glass as a sophisticated accent piece for covered outdoor rooms?

Water features are another way to make your outdoor space feel like you‘re on vacation all year round! An artistic water feature or beautiful pottery placed carefully in the landscape can bring the surrounding plants and hardscape to life. Depending on the color scheme and style of the garden, picking up one accent color used elsewhere in the design is a great way to tie in the decorative elements with the rest of your outdoor space.

Oh and designers say if you really want a space you never want to leave, don‘t cheap out. In other words, don’t skimp on the furniture just because it’s for the outside. Never cut corners when buying what will probably end up being a focal point of your space. Designers say, cheap furniture can really destroy the look of a carefully planned outdoor retreat.