Make the most out of your outdoor living space

Phantom Screens / May 30, 2016

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An outdoor living space not only increases entertainment space in your home, it also can add value. If your patio is a spot for year-round relaxation or a place to gather with friends and family, there are efficient ways to maximize your space and incorporate charm and beauty both inside and out.

At Phantom Screens, we’re dedicated to providing retractable screens that blend into outdoor and indoor décor effortlessly. You can use a stylish screen on many different places in the home, including French doors, windows and large openings – and you can rest assured that no other product will give you the same high-quality results. Read below for some tips on how to give your outdoor area a chic upgrade, and add a Phantom retractable screen to the mix for attainable, yet luxurious, versatility.

Maximize seating options

If outdoor entertaining is an important factor in the design of your patio, make sure that guests have a variety of places to sit. An array of benches, chairs and stools will add life to your space and create a comfy and casual environment. Find weatherproof pillows and cushion covers to accessorize the seating area as well as ensure that it stays usable long-term. Remember to measure your space and avoid overcrowding so guests can walk around and congregate comfortably.

Add a source of heat

If you often have parties going late into the night, a source of heat will allow guests to continue enjoying the event without getting too cold. If you have the space and budget, consider a full-size fire source such as a large fire pit or gas heaters. If you don’t want to make a full commitment, look into getting a small fire pit, which provides flexibility and affordability. Another option is investing in a “fire table,” which can blend in with the rest of the patio furniture and create a cozier, more communal ambiance.
Along with keeping the heat in, and at the same time the bugs out, Phantom Screens motorized retractable screens are perfect for screening in your porch and bringing the outside in. Learn more about this product by clicking here.

Incorporate colors and textures

Plants, tabletop decorations and other accents are a few of the many ways to liven up your outdoor area. By adding a pop of color to your natural space, you’ll breathe fresh life into your outdoor décor. Vases, flowers and other natural elements like stones or water are other options to spruce up your main tables. Pots of all shapes and sizes are great options to add dashes of color and texture to outdoor living spaces. Go for lightweight versions or put yours on movable bases to make shifting them around easier. Change the color palette each season by incorporating different flowers according to the time of year.


While outdoor entertainment is one way to use your outdoor space, practicality should also be kept in mind. Minimize the intrusive presence of tools and other equipment and install shelves on a garage wall or deck railing, or look for other easy places to hang inexpensive hooks to keep gardening items out in the open and within reach. Benches with hidden compartments and storage areas can be both extra seating and a clever way to keep maintenance tools hidden.

Customize appliances

When speaking of appliances, you may want to add more than just a grill to your outdoor living space. Installing a customized full-functioning outdoor kitchen is a great way to entertain outside without having to run in and out of the house between the deck and the kitchen. Sinks, refrigerators and other cooking appliances can be easily incorporated to the outdoors and serve a purpose year-round. Maximize their use with eco-friendly solar lights that will help to illuminate the patio. You’ll be able to enjoy the company of guests while preparing meals and fixing drinks all at the same time.