Outdoor Living with an Indoor Feel by Marissa Alan
When it comes to creating a great outdoor living space, it’s all about giving it the feel of a room from inside the home with the openness and ambiance of the outdoors. And thanks to all the design and product innovations of today, it’s easier than ever for homeowners to do just that. If you’re starting to plan your outdoor room but not sure what all you need, here are 3 guidelines to help you achieve outdoor living with an indoor feel.
Create a Comfortable Environment
When designing your outdoor space, comfort should be at the top of your list. You wouldn’t put a few plastic chairs or a worn out sofa in your living room inside your home, so why would you put them in the living room outside your home? This is an area where homeowners should be prepared to invest, as a quality outdoor furniture set will last for years with minimal maintenance. Top materials to consider include teak wood, aluminum, and resin wicker, all very durable and easy to maintain. A stylish furniture arrangement will encourage relaxation and conversation, key for letting your guests enjoy themselves, so don’t skimp on this area of your patio.
Protect Yourself from the Weather
All the hard work you put into designing your outdoor space can be for naught if the time you spend in it is dictated by the weather. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have at least one area of your outdoor room that’s protected from the weather, so you can spend time out there no matter what Mother Nature’s up to. One of the most popular ways to do this is by covering a portion of the patio, either extending a covering from your home or creating a separate covered area away from the home. Outdoor drapes make a perfect accessory to one or multiple sides of a covering, as they make it easy to stay shaded from the sun, protected from strong winds, and keep any rain from blowing in.
Once you’ve got your basic layout planned, it’s time to think about the accessories. Carefully consider how you plan on using your outdoor space before making any purchases here, as this will help you determine what you need. Perhaps you like to host large gatherings in your backyard. If so, a built-in grill and outdoor bar set may be the way to go. If you think it will be more often used for unwinding and relaxing by your family, you can’t go wrong with things like a large outdoor fireplace or an all-weather TV (even better – build a fireplace and mount the TV above it!). With all the great products on the market, you truly can find an outdoor version of almost anything you’d put inside your home, from electronics to ceiling fans, so don’t be afraid to get creative here!
Designing an outdoor living space is a very rewarding experience, both for the sense of accomplishment it gives and the relaxing area it creates. If you’re just starting to plan yours, keep these guidelines in mind and you’ll have the outdoor area of your dreams ready in no time!
About The Author – Marissa Alan is a writer with Outdoor Living and an outdoor design enthusiast. For more on products like fire pits, patio furniture, grills, and wind chimes, visit Outdoor Living’s website.