In the last five years, outdoor living spaces have evolved from a nice area to enjoy the weather to a necessary extension of the home. Even people who live in areas that experience chilly winters are embracing the ability to head into nature at their leisure. Instead of investing in luxury items like boats and vacation homes, even those who are just making their way into starter homes are finding it’s increasingly important to have an outdoor oasis. Whether you’re gearing up for weather that is more appropriate to outdoor activities or you’re trying to fit in every last drop of time in nature possible before the cold temperatures begin to settle in, here are a few ways to revamp your outdoor living spaces.
Choose appropriate materials
Do you live in an area that experiences high heat in the summer or snow during the winter? You may want to consider this when you’re choosing materials for your outdoor living spaces as some will adapt better than others to the extreme weather. Wood panels may not be the best solution for a deck in an area with intense weather, so you may want to consider something with a little more durability. New design styles with concrete can make the formerly considered inexpensive alternative modern and gorgeous.
If you live in an area with a lot of bugs, you’ll want to install a retractable screen so you don’t have to take the party indoors on especially buggy evenings.
Make it cozy
Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean that the space shouldn’t have a welcoming atmosphere. Incorporate a designated seating area that will act as your outdoor living room. Add throw pillows, blankets for the chillier months and several tables for food and drinks. You don’t have to stick to uncomfortable chairs either. Add chaise lounges and couches that will make you never want to leave this area of your home!
Speaking of cozy, you may want to incorporate a fire feature for times when the nights are a bit cold. Your outdoor living space will be immediately more comfortable.
Amp up the aesthetic
If you really want to extend the livability of your home outdoors, you’ll want to incorporate plenty of aesthetically pleasing amenities and decor items.
“Fountains and waterfalls not only look appealing, but they create a very soothing atmosphere that draws people in for relaxation,” De Vargas told the publication. “Sculptural pieces in copper, metal and different textures also catch the eye and turn your outdoor living space into a work of art.”
In addition to water features, you’ll want to make sure that the landscaping is well-maintained and you have areas of both sun and shade. Plant a few trees around the perimeter of your yard so you get enough privacy as well as shade.
Beyond the natural aesthetic of your outdoor living spaces, you’ll want to add decorative finishings just as you would indoors. Hang lighting fixtures around your yard for a cozy glow after the sun sets. Another easy way to add your personality to your patio or deck is through chair cushions, table centerpieces, pillows and glassware. The great thing about these is that you can change them seasonally or annually.