Most people enjoy spending time outdoors. In fact, the whole point of creating an outdoor living space is to spend more time outdoors with family and friends.
Here are a few tips on how you can make your outdoor living space comfortable like your indoor space, with a friendly environment:
Make your outdoor space feel like it has a purpose. Certain areas of your outdoor space will be used while other areas will be for show. For example, some type of floors such as brick or decking with an enclosure such as a low wall or even a pergola will separate your outdoor living area from the rest of your yard.
Buy furniture that is weatherproof. Well-placed seating, whether it’s a bench, chairs or even a swinging chair, will help make any outdoor living space more inviting. A good-size table will provide a place to eat meals, entertain guests or play games.
And if you are all about your sports team, you may want to include a TV in your outdoor living space. Just make sure you choose an outdoor television that provides good contrast and anti-glare against the outdoor light.
Even in the summer, New England nights can get cool. Perfect! Just like your indoor fireplace can provide ambiance on a cool evening’s night, a fire pit can do the same in your outdoor space, and it’s nice to just sit and stare at a burning fire.
Where fire brings warmth to an outdoor space, water can provide a soothing sound and tranquility. Water features can take all different forms, from small store-bought fountains to cascading waterfalls, it all depends on how wet and wild you want to make it.
To create a little magic, string up some lights in your outdoor spaces. In the warmer months, time spent outdoors can extend into the nighttime so you’ll want to set the mood with some tasteful and dramatic outdoor lighting. Effective lighting can make your outdoor living space safer, because it’ll help to prevent people from tripping in the dark, but it can also help to transform your yard or deck into an inviting place to spend time after the sun goes down.
If this is the year you have decided to create an outdoor living space, start by designating your living area; select furniture that is weatherproof and functional; and, next add the extras that will turn your outdoor living space into a welcoming space for your family and friends.