Now that the weather is warming up, you may be longing to spend a little more time outdoors. But it can be difficult if you don’t have a great outdoor living space. If all you have is a chair or two on your porch and you’d like to improve your outdoor living space, here are five tips.
Blur the boundaries
Most homeowners tend to draw a distinct line between the home’s interior and the home’s exterior. That’s a mistake. Instead, think of an outdoor living space as an extension of your home’s interior. Don’t use cheap, plastic furniture that you’re accustomed to seeing outdoors. The quality of outdoor fabrics has improved a lot in recent years which means you can often get the look of indoor furniture with the durability that outdoor furniture needs. If the nights get cool in your climate, consider a fire pit so that guests can enjoy more time outdoors even when the sun has gone down.
Go low maintenance
Wood furniture requires a lot of maintenance and gets damaged easily, especially in wetter climates. Go with metal or plastic-coated metal pieces if you don’t want to worry about needing to pull everything inside when it rains.
Don’t be afraid to go with something a little out of the ordinary. Go with bright colors, tropical prints, or unusual styles to give your outdoor living space a unique look that really stands out from you typical outdoor furniture. Another option is to repaint existing furniture in a bright color to get a new look without spending much.
Light and shade
Be mindful about lighting and shade and think about which direction the sun will be shining down from at different times of the idea when the space is most likely to be used. You may want to have an awning built to provide shade for daytime use. Outdoor lighting is a must if you want to use the space at night. There are dozens of options when it comes to outdoor lighting. Solar powered outdoor lighting can allow you to use the space well into the night without spending a fortune on your electricity bill.
The holy grail of outdoor living spaces is a full outdoor kitchen. It isn’t a good investment for everybody but if you live in a warmer climate and can get a lot out use out of it, installing an outdoor kitchen can be worth the investment. When you entertain your guests you can have everything you need outside so there’s no need to make frequent trips in and out of the house to serve food or drinks.
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