Who says art has to stay in the house? Including artwork in your outdoor space can complement the style of your home, make outdoor activities even more enjoyable, and provide a visual focal point for all seasons. From artist-made garden sculpture to handcrafted furniture, here are seven great ways to enhance your outdoor space with art.

1. Gather ‘Round the Fire

One of my favorite things to do on a cozy summer evening is to gather around a fire with family and friends. With an extraordinary fire pit like this hand-cut steel fire bowl by John T. Unger, the whole experience becomes even more dramatic and memorable.

The Great Bowl O' Fire by John T. Unger (image courtesy of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc)

The Great Bowl O’ Fire by John T. Unger (image courtesy of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc)

2. Strategic Seating

Place garden stools or benches at points where people can linger or enjoy a beautiful view. Bonus points if they’re near fragrant plants like lilac, wisteria, or rosemary. I particularly enjoy the playful polka dots and earthy appeal of this wheel-thrown ceramic stool by Michael Jones.

3. Dining Al Fresco

Enjoying an outdoor meal is one of the great pleasures of the summer months. Especially when it’s food that’s been prepared outside, like grilled burgers, wood-fired pizza, or fresh garden salad. But no matter what’s on the menu, a remarkable table like this one by Terence S. Dubreuil makes every meal more festive.

4. Serve It Up

Of course, once you have a beautiful table for outdoor dining, you’ll want beautiful serving ware to accompany the meal! These serving utensils by Nicole and Harry Hansen contrast wrought iron with bright sterling silver to make an elegant statement.

Drinks, anyone? This ceramic carafe and wine glass set by Peggy Crago serves up anything from lemonade to sangria with cheerful color—perfect for enjoying near a garden.

5. Garden Sculpture

A gorgeous work of art has a way of making your existing landscaping even more stunning. I love the organic, abstract forms and flowing lines of this pair of sculptures by Aaron T. Brown. Together, they create a fantastic focal point for a dramatic landscape.

With its rhythmic stacked shapes, this ceramic sculpture by Victoria Shaw suggests a totem or cairn. The cool blues and purples would look beautiful surrounded by lush greenery or bright flowers like poppies, yarrow, or daylilies.

6. For the Birds

Inviting wildlife into your yard can be a great source of delight. Cheryl Wolff’s ceramic bird houses and feeders elevate common objects to something far more distinctive that both birds and people can enjoy!

7. A Touch of Whimsy

Try a little bit of art in an unexpected place—like next to your front door. A doorbell frame by Rosalie Sherman is certain to get a chuckle from visitors—and what better way for guests to enter your home than with smiles on their faces?