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BY Jennifer Muse

5 Outdoor Entertaining Space Idea Trends

There are a few things better than a well-designed outdoor space optimized for entertaining. From functionality to aesthetics, there are many things to think about when upgrading your current outdoor space. Here are a few of the trendiest outdoor space ideas to consider, just in time for the warmer months. 

#1 Artificial Grass
It's not just for golf courses and sports fields. Artificial grass & outdoor space feature ideas can take any outdoor entertaining space to the next level. 

Artificial grass can replace your natural grass lawn or be added to your outdoor space for a trendy upgrade that stays clean and well-maintained year-round. It's also cooler and requires little maintenance. With artificial grass, your backyard BBQs won't get canceled because of a little rain, and there's no need to worry about the wear and tear to your lawn. So bust out the badminton or bocce ball game and start enjoying your outdoor entertaining space! 

#2 Fire Feature 
Fire pits are not necessarily new or trendy, but some variations of the traditional fire pit definitely are. 

Fire features added to an outdoor space can be enjoyed year-round, and the possibilities are endless. Some of the trendiest fire features include fire and water bowls that are essentially a concrete bowl/structure with a fire blazing atop a pool of water with a water spout for the sounds of a crackling fire and babbling brook. Other trendy options are sunken fire pits, double-sided outdoor fireplaces, and fire tables built into the side of pools or hot tubs. 

#3 Outdoor Kitchen with a Pizza Oven
A grill or outdoor smoker is nice, but a full outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven takes outdoor dining to an entirely new level. Pizza ovens are most commonly built out of stone, concrete, or brick. You can even build your own if you're handy enough. Wood-fired pizza ovens are great for creating an outdoor ambiance and making amazing pizzas, but be aware that some areas have restrictions on this type of oven due to fire hazards. 

#4 Outdoor Entertainment System
Any outdoor space needs the element of entertainment. For high-tech options, consider installing surround sound and all-weather outdoor televisions. Wireless outdoor speakers are the ideal choice and don't be afraid to go big with a complete outdoor home theater system. 

An outdoor movie screen, or floating movie screen if you have a pool, takes any outdoor entertaining space to a new level. Host movie nights or watch the big game while sipping drinks and relaxing under the stars. 

#5 Comfort Features 
Keeping guests comfortable while entertaining outdoors may require you to get unique with your backyard space ideas with some additions. Fans and heaters are essential, but you can also consider roofing the space for a trendy look with the added element of comfort. 

String lighting and lamps will set the scene, and if you want to take it a step further, outdoor day beds are a fun and unique way to bring comfort to your outdoor entertaining space. Be sure you don't skimp on the basics like good quality outdoor furniture, plenty of seating, and lots of cushions and pillows. 

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