Bring the Inside Out: Designing Your Outdoor Space
Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for endless days and nights spent outdoors with friends and family. When it comes to outdoor living, we often overlook the possibility of expanding our living spaces outside of the home, and creating a space outdoors that equally reflects the same style and personality that we showcase indoors. There are several things to keep in mind when designing an outdoor living space that will ensure a beautiful escape, without all the fuss.
The foundation of any great outdoor living space is in selecting pieces that are truly made for the outdoors, (so don't forget to read those care instructions). It’s crucial to make sure that your furniture and accessories can withstand the elements of every season. Teak is an excellent choice for outdoor furniture because it’s dense and very resistant to the elements. For upholstered cushions or pillows, select pieces made with Sunbrella brand fabric, a waterproof fabric that is fade-resistant and durable, but still upscale. If you are worried about leaving certain pieces out year-round, make sure you purchase things that are easy to disassemble or put away when they’re not being used. I suggest having a designated storage space where pillows, rugs, chairs, or pool items can be stowed quickly when it rains or snows.
Take some time to think about how the space will be utilized most, and get creative. Is it simply going to be a relaxing spot to unwind, an at-home yoga studio, a lively area to host parties and entertain, or an inspiring space to create art? (Check out the outdoor art studio we created below.) Your space will look different depending on your lifestyle and needs, so keep this in mind when making your selections.
Your outdoor living space should of course be cozy and layered. Weather permitting, you want to be able to spend as much time there as in your living room. Your space should reflect your personality, but don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. A patio is a great space to experiment with color and texture. Whether it be big, bright pillows, graphic rugs, or even an interesting sculptural piece, don’t hesitate to get creative and make an atmosphere that is both playful and peaceful.
Outdoor spaces can deliver the perfect getaway from our hectic day-to-day lives and allow us to recharge. They can be just as luxurious as indoor spaces, and if well thought out, be a beautiful extension of the same aesthetic we preserve inside of our homes. Keeping the above tips in mind will guarantee a stunning outdoor area that is both tranquil and functional, rain or shine!
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