5 Things You Need to Create a Simple Outdoor Space
Warm sunny days and cool starry nights of Summer. Who doesn’t like to sit outdoors and soak up a little nature or entertain on the weekends with a barbecue when there is nice Spring or Summer weather. Bring the indoors out by creating an outdoor living space. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair. If all you have is tiny balcony you can create a lovely space to use when the weather is nice.
You have chosen the perfect space for your outdoor room. You have the balcony prepped and painted; the backyard patio installed; the deck freshly scrubbed and sealed. Now how to you decorate your outdoor space?
For any outdoor room, you are going to need something to block the sun. On a porch, the roof and maybe an outdoor shade will help make the space more comfortable by reducing glare and heat from the sun. Other options for shade are umbrellas, curtains, awnings, or a sun sail.
Whether you have room for a conversation set or just a chair, seating is essential for an outdoor space. In a larger space group chair and sofas together to create a conversation area. Be sure to add cushions to make the seating soft and comfortable. Add a few side tables around the area for you and guests to set drinks on .
Adding lanterns, a fire pit, or even candles will give you a warm, gentle light for use in your outdoor space at night. A fire pit, either built-in or free-standing will also provide warmth on chilly nights, plus you can roast marshmallows over the flames. It’s not Summer without s’mores. Using a few citronella candles in your outdoor space gives the added benefit of repelling mosquitoes, the bane of any outdoor Summer activity.
Decor is where you can imbue your space with color and personality. Add colorful throw pillows to create a comfy space. Use colorful and fun shaped planters and lanterns. Of course, use plants and flowers in your outdoor room, these can bring color and soften hard lines of decks and patios. Decorate just as you would a room in your house, just make sure anything you put outdoors is weather and waterproof.
The fifth and probably most important thing you need is a nice day to enjoy the outdoor oasis you have created. Have fun and be creative when decorating and designing your outdoor spaces.