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There's nothing sadder than being stuck cooking inside on a perfectly balmy summer night—especially when a fantastic sunset is involved. But in order to make cooking as enjoyable outside as it is inside, you need the proper setup—and it involves more than just a grill haphazardly placed in a corner of the backyard.
What makes a great outdoor kitchen? It doesn't have to involved a fancy setup. A grill is a good place to start, and so is a countertop surface for prep work. If you can fit in a sink and a mini fridge, even better. But if you only have the bare essentials, there are many ways to make your space a more pleasant workspace.
By adding ambient lighting, plants (and herbs), accent furniture, and a few decorative accents, you can transform you outdoor cooking area from bland to enviable. Not sure where to start? We outlined 14 outdoor kitchen ideas that are easy to implement in your backyard, no matter what size your space is.
Spruce up your outdoor kitchen area with a few potted plants or, even better, fresh herbs. There's nothing better than the sweet smell of freshly picked rosemary to get that spit roast turning.
Don't have an entire outdoor kitchen at your disposal? Bring the kitchen to you on this stylish serving cart straight out of the '60s.
Make outdoor entertaining stylish and easy with this set of assorted serving trays from Serena & Lily.
Attract neighboring wildlife with this sleek bird feeder, and admire the cuteness overload all summer long.
What's an outdoor kitchen without a fire pit? And if you can't have a complete kitchen setup, roast s'mores instead.
Add counter stools to your outdoor kitchen counter—and turn it into a gathering space that can also double as a bar when dinner turns into a dance party.
Because there's nothing good about lukewarm Coronas, invest in a rolling cooler to keep your libations perfectly chilled.
A good outdoor kitchen starts with great lighting. These chic lanterns ensure you'll have multiple ambient light sources throughout.
If this isn't the Rolls-Royce of grills, we don't know what is. Add this to your outdoor kitchen and you'll never want to cook inside again.
When in doubt, add plants. Leafy greens will soften the harsh lines of an outdoor kitchen in an instant. Add larger plants on the ground in planters and urns, while smaller ones can sit directly on the counter.
No one likes to cook in the beating sun, so make sure you have adequate amount of shade in your outdoor kitchen.
A rattan bar cart can hold everything you need for a cocktail station at your next dinner party.
Any outdoor space looks better with string lights overhead. Just add lanterns to keep the lighting layered.
It's not uncommon for people to add runners to their kitchen nowadays, so why not add one to your outdoor kitchen as well? Just keep a hard-wearing outdoor rug option.