Spring has finally sprung and our days are getting warmer and longer as we head toward the warm summer months. As you think about preparing your outdoor living space, here are some decorating tips to maximize the comfort and enjoyment of summer living.
As fuel prices increase and travel becomes less affordable, many of us want to take our indoor comforts and solitude outdoors to our very own backyards. We are driven to find peaceful sanctuaries as a prescription for our stressful lives and outdoor patios and porches are becoming a living extension of our indoor spaces. Three-season indoor spaces are also making a comeback and are becoming more sophisticated and refined.
Manufacturers of home products have developed more and more appliances, furniture, lighting and accessories that are geared toward both indoor and outdoor use.
In creating or refreshing your outdoor space there are a few elements to consider. Landscape design, stonework and carpentry are all important components of designing your outdoor haven. Outdoor furnishings, lighting and accessories are also essential elements in your overall plan. As you begin the process of space planning and design, be sure to include the entire family. You will be amazed at the wish list that you come up with.
Your outdoor space should accommodate all your needs throughout the year.
- Do you entertain outdoors? Make sure that there will be enough seating for your larger parties.
- Do you spend time outdoors in the evenings and at night? Ensure that you have adequate lighting and bug control included in your plan.
- Is the outdoor grill seasonal for you or all year round? The grill’s location and whether it has a protective roof will make a difference depending on how you use it.
- Do you plan to have your family meals outdoors? If so, make sure that your dining area comfortably accommodates your family and guests.
Outdoor furniture has greatly evolved from vinyl, folded versions, to beautiful pieces made of teak, steel, rattan, wicker and other durable materials. Many outdoor pieces look just like their indoor counterparts but are constructed and designed to stand up to the North Eastern outdoor elements.
Fabrics are manufactured to resist fading from ultraviolet rays, mildewing from damp conditions and to resist odor absorption. These types of fabrics are essential for any upholstery or drapery that will be used outdoors or in a screened-in location.
Lighting is also a very important aspect in creating an inviting outdoor space. Just as you would in your indoor spaces, be sure to incorporate various types of lighting in your outdoor space. Landscape lighting, overhead lighting, ceiling fans or decorative side lighting are all good ideas. Torches or tiki lighting can also be a charming feature and can help to set the mood in your space.
Remember to create a space that is perfect for you and your needs. This is a space where memories will be made so consider it an important investment: a space where your family and friends will gather, share and create wonderful memories.
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