With the warm weather increasing, the desire to spend time outside is increasing as well. Front porches and backyard decks will be seeing more traffic from families and friends gathering to enjoy barbecues and block parties. If you are wanting to dress up your outdoor home style, here are a few key elements to create the perfect outdoor living space in your own yard.
One of the most important keys to a successful outdoor space is to maintain a sense of continuity with the inside of your home. You can accomplish this by using similar decor, colors, and furniture styles. Even with walls and doors separating your indoor and outdoor spaces you can make it feel like a part of your home by keeping the same “feel” of your other spaces.
Most outdoor spaces are lit by overbright outdoor flood lights, but those aren’t as decorative or as pleasant for creating conversation spaces. Instead, consider hanging Chinese lanterns, outdoor themed chandeliers, or multi-colored LED lights in greenery to add soft lighting.
3. Weather Resistant Furniture
The options for outdoor furniture keep increasing for homeowners. Colors and styles reflecting mountain cabins, seaside cottages, and Southern plantations abound in home stores across the countries. As you peruse your options be sure to look for fabrics and materials that resist water and mold. Avoid using traditional furniture as it will not only absorb moisture, but will deteriorate quickly in outdoor conditions.
4. Consider Your Purpose
As you plan your outdoor living space consider what you’re going to be using the space for. Will you be hosting outdoor dinners? Perhaps you should consider creating an outdoor kitchen space complete with countertops, sink, and mini-fridge to go along with your grill. Will you be inviting friends over for birthday parties? Make sure you have a table for plates and gifts. Do you just want a comfortable place to sit outside and read on soft summer mornings? Consider creating a living room like arrangements of sofa, chairs, and coffee table.
Artwork has the power to personalize a space more than any other item. Utilize the outside walls of your home to hang paintings or candle sconces. Add sculptured accent pieces, hand-blown glass bowls and vases on your coffee and accent tables. These personal touches will reflect your style and create a more welcoming space.
6. Keep it Natural
Houseplants in a home increase air quality and beauty, houseplants in an outdoor living space are even better. The limitations of space are removed and a green-thumb homeowner can expand their cultivation skills to include fun and unusual plants that can fill a space with greenery and fragrance. Plan your green elements with care, taking into consideration how much sun your space receives, as well as how much wind and rain. Most outdoor living space plants will be planted in containers. These containers give a homeowner the chance to add bright splashes of color and texture to their space. Think dimensionally as you choose your plants. Look for varying heights and sizes in your plants. This will add interest and richness to your space.
Adding an outdoor living area can increase the usable space of your home, give you hours of enjoyment, and add curb appeal. Have fun with your space, enjoy creating it, and treasure the hours you’ll enjoy there with your family.