Is your Outdoor Living Space Ready for Summer?
Now that we are seeing signs of Spring, it’s a good time to start reviewing the state of your outdoor space and make plans to create or enhance the living space you desire.
Whether you design an entirely new space, complete with outdoor kitchen and fireplace, replace worn out items, or just add a few new pieces, planned thoughtful design ensures a happy outcome.
It is always beneficial to have an overall plan for your outdoor space. If you are planning a new deck or patio, do not leave it up to your landscaper to determine how much space you need for your outdoor seating/ dining areas or where to locate it! It is easy to underestimate how much space you need.
Outdoor Space Checklist
- What is the intended use of each area you are considering?
- What types of activities will take place there?
- How large of a crowd do you normally entertain?
- What are the traffic patterns in and out of the house?
- How close do you want to be to the kitchen in the house?
- Do you want to be in the sun or shade?
- Is protection from mosquitoes a priority, especially if you like to eat out in the evening?
Outdoor seating such as lounge chairs are often made to a larger scale than indoor chairs. If you have a small patio area then make sure that they do not look disproportionate to your outdoor living area. Make sure to check the dimensions. A floor plan is a good idea which I can draw up for you.
New Outdoor Textile Possibilities
Style Tips for your Outdoor Room
Avoid having everything matching. This is as boring for your outdoor space as it is for your indoors.
- You do not have to stay with the same material, for example, wood, for your outdoor furniture. Mix it up for a more updated look with a combination of wood and all weather wicker.
- Equally, you can combine a more traditional looking dining table with more modern seating.
- Create a sense of harmony between different styles by staying within the same color palette