In recent years, the trend has moved toward creating a comfortable living spaces outdoors. More and more families have been moving their living rooms out to their porches, patios, and backyards. These spaces have become an extension of their homes, showing off their personalities and decorating sense, while remaining a functional space for their families and friends.
You’ve always envied those friends of yours who have mastered the art of the outdoor living space, and have wanted to transform your outdoor area into a space your family will love, but you haven’t known where to start. The good news is transforming your outdoor space into a comfortable and functional area is a lot easier than you think, and this will be your year to take on the challenge.
Knowing Your Space
Before you can begin designing the perfect outdoor space, you need to determine what the space will be used for. You need to decide if you want to use it for entertaining or if it will be a space that only be used by your family. Or, maybe you want to be selfish and keep the space all to yourself. Understanding what you want the space to be used for will be essential when you start picking out the outdoor furniture that will occupy the space.
Perfect for Entertaining
If you have a large space, and plan on using it for large gatherings, you’ll want to make sure you have enough seating to accommodate your guests. This can come in a variety of solutions, including wicker sofas, wooden benches, or metal chairs. A large table can be used as a way to serve the food to your guests, or as the gathering place for a more intimate gathering of friends. To keep your guests from getting burned, use some well-positioned freestanding umbrellas to keep them cool and sunburn free. If you are planning on enjoying your outdoor space long after the warmth of the summer sun has left, consider investing in some fire pits, or heat lamps. This way your group doesn’t have to move indoors after the sun goes down.
A Place to Sip Your Morning Coffee
If you aren’t looking to do any entertaining, but still want to be able to enjoy your outdoor space, there are still plenty of options to bring your indoors outside. During the winter, if you like to sit at your kitchen table and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, why not extend the ritual to the outdoors in the warmer seasons? Whether you have a large or small space to work with, a simple weather resistant patio set can make the perfect addition to your outdoor space. Just make sure you have extra seating for anyone that may want to join you.
Bring Some Style Back to Lounging
Who wouldn’t want to be able to lounge around outside and enjoy some beautiful weather. With a few perfectly placed items and some creative thinking, you can create a stylish and comfortable area to lounge around, read a book, or write. Bring a daybed out, and surround it with a number of plush pillows. Place some potted plants around the space to help liven it up, and bring out some funky lights to help lighten the space so you can enjoy it well after dark.
With a little bit of imagination and creativity, anyone can bring their indoor living space to the outdoors. With a few key pieces, mixed with your personal style and personality, you and your family and friends can enjoy the great outdoors without giving up the comfort of your home.