If you're going to set your springtime soiree outside, be sure to orient the furniture around a focal point. This will offer guests a common point of reference to help provoke conversation. Here, the set up for six is oriented near the swimming pool and lush green grass of the backyard.
Before committing to a space plan, first consider the best focal point to enjoy from the comfort of your outdoor living room. The modern pool here is definitely the star of the backyard, so by orienting the furniture to look out at it, friends and family have an instant conversation starter for breaking the ice. Plus it's great for encouraging interaction between those lounging and those taking a plunge in the pool.
What interior designer Tiffany Brooks calls one of her favorite pieces in the home, she sourced a local artist to create the large 5’ by 5’ foot custom piece of wall art above the buffet that serves as one of the focal points of the room.
Use artwork as a decorative focal point - An ornate sofa – can really add to the ambience of a room. This pale, pink sofa design makes an effortless piece in this arty, eclectic space, and is perfect for solo reading or chatting.