Is it time to update your outdoor space? Make the most of every inch of the outside of your home with these tips.
Plan with the Space in Mind
First, determine what you will be using your outdoor area for most. Do you want to entertain? Will it be more of a children’s play area? Would you prefer it to be an outdoor oasis for rest and relaxation?
Once you determine the purpose of the space, it’s time to plan. Measure the entire area, factoring in windows, sliding glass doors and other small nooks. Don’t forget to take large, grassy areas into consideration. You can transform the backyard in a number of ways and make it just as beautiful as the patio.
Select the Right Furniture
Any furniture you include in your outdoor space should be durable to stand up to Florida’s unpredictable weather. Think Teak wood, all-weather wicker or aluminum for the framing and textilene fabric, which is waterproof and fade resistant, for seating.
When arranging the furniture, consider a grouping of chairs instead of a sofa. Taking this route not only allows for more seating but also versatility. You can arrange and rearrange according to the needs of your guests, creating an open space that encourages conversation. Chairs also won’t block the view from the inside as couches might do.
If you would prefer to use your outdoor space for relaxation, consider an ottoman instead of a cocktail table so you can kick your feet up in a more comfortable way. Then include an end table between the chairs for drinks.
Accessorize the Way You Would Inside
When accessorizing, it’s important to connect the inside of your home with the outside. Include an outdoor rug, outdoor pillows and art that blends with your indoor decor to create a seamless transition from the inside out. This will provide a flow and harmony to both spaces. If you can, include one or two potted plants to balance the area, using colored ceramic pots if you need to add a pop of color.
Don’t Make These Areas an Afterthought
The pool is just as important as any other part of your outdoor space. In the very least, include some chaise lounge chairs. Consider a small outdoor bed instead if you have the space, especially if you have an amazing view. A swing chair with a base or a swing chair that you can hang from your ceiling are also solid choices. Add a water fountain accessory to the pool area for a stunning effect.
If you don’t have a pool, you can make your backyard area just as grand with manicured landscaping and different areas such as a fire pit, a Jacuzzi tub or a fireplace. Large, grassy areas can benefit from a small putt-putt course, which is also a fun way to entertain guests. The possibilities are endless.