The best way to create a comfortable outdoor living space is to imagine yourself in it. So, how can you design it to get the most out of it? It’s just like personalizing your inside living space. Here are a few ideas that will help you get the most out of your outdoor oasis.
Where Will it Be?
Do you already have a patio or deck? Are you planning on building one? Or, maybe you have a special place picked out in the yard that would be ideal. Picture yourself in the spot, and think about what you will need to be comfortable.
Do you like to entertain? If so, you’ll not only want a larger area, but you will need a lot of furniture as well. Or, maybe you’re creating a spot where you and your family can enjoy some outside time together. Then, you would be looking for more intimate, close-knit seating options.
If you plan to cook in your new space, think about where the best place would be for the grill. Consider both convenience and safety. You could also think about either having a portable grill or having one built specifically for your needs. And, if you’re cooking, you’ll probably want a table and chairs for an eating area.
It really depends on what type of space you are creating. If you are going for a spot to take in some rays, you’d want to pick a spot somewhere in the full sun. Or, maybe you’d like some shade on your outdoor living space. Here are some ideas.
- If your living space is in the yard, trees are great for providing shade.
- Retractable awnings are ideal for patios and decks that are connected to your home. They can be opened or closed, so you can have sun or shade.
- Patio umbrellas are great for shielding you from the sun.
- Pergolas, if designed strategically or covered with vines, can add a decorative shaded area to your outdoor spot.
You already have the advantage of being surrounded by all of Mother Nature’s beauty, but you can easily embellish your outdoor space with a little definition or even some blasts of natural color. Vibrant shrubs or flowers could be added around your space, or you could even plant some flower or vegetable gardens and incorporate them into look that you’re going for.
You can extend the seasonality of your outdoor living space by having a heat source. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are ideal for providing heat while adding a little atmosphere.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to fully enjoy some quality time outside. Enjoy our new outdoor living space. Make it your own!