How to Reinvent Your Outdoor Dining Space

As the temperature heats up, Canadians are bringing the style and comfort of their interiors outside to create an extension of their living area. And with traditional, contemporary and transitional options available, extending your home's aesthetic to your patio or backyard has never been easier.

One of the best perks of summer is enjoying meals outside, so take time to create the perfect space for hosting intimate dining, family cookouts or an evening cocktail party. Here's a look at some effective ways to update your outdoor dining space according to Cindy Jardim, style and trends director at Lowe's.

Eat, drink and be merry.

Eat, drink and be merry.

Sweet and savoury grill life.

Party guests tend to congregate in the kitchen, and people want that same feeling of comfort emulated in their backyard. To throw an epic cookout, include a prep and cooking area outdoors to entertain your friends and family while keeping an eye on the perfect sear. Storage, shelter, and seating for guests will help keep the grillmaster in good company. If you're a real cooking aficionado, consider adding a pizza oven or smoker to up the ante.

Select items tailored to your unique space.

You can save by forgoing the custom-built outdoor kitchen and opting for an affordable and transportable island grill instead. By choosing items that are easily moveable, customization is always an option. This will allow you to transform your backyard into any kitchen setting that suits your needs.

Eat, drink and be merry.

Have your guests' feast their eyes on striking melamine dinnerware and acrylic drinkware made for al fresco wining and dining. The melamine looks like porcelain, but is break-resistant for the best of both worlds.

Easily achieve a designer look.

Take the guesswork out of finding the perfect style with coordinated patio sets that incorporate the latest trends. From cucumber sandwiches at tea time to citrus-flavoured cocktails, Lowe's has options that fit with every occasion for your outdoor living space. Think a metro modern vibe that gives you a contemporary look with simple details, garden-inspired floral and trellis patterns, or classic and comfortable with traditional decor.

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