The weather is nice and this is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. Creating a permanent living space outdoors is the best way to turn your backyard into an extension of your home. The easiest way to do this is by approaching the design of your backyard as you would a room in your house. This includes determining a focal point, using color with intention, accentuating design, texture, and color with lighting, and determining the maintenance that fits your comfort level. For a backyard, it is also great to invite movement with water, wind chimes, and decorative bird feeders. The transition from your home to your outdoor living space is also something you might want to invest in. Picture the entrance of your home leading into the foyer followed by the dining room with French doors that lead to your backyard. This creates perfect alignment and a pre-invite to your outside oasis.
Creating intimate outdoor mingling areas that feel as thoughtful as an indoor space is a way to ensure that entertaining guests makes them feel at home even outside. This is done by adding lounge areas, tables and décor, and maybe even a peaceful fountain. You can also create spaces outside that are common for inside your home. Examples are outdoor fireplaces, a reading nook, an outdoor office space and a grill, so you and your family can enjoy cooking outdoors that can be accompanied by a stylish outdoor kitchen. Even an outside wine and beverage cooler will give you the convenience you’ve been looking for.
Blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space by offering all the style, comfort and functionality of an interior living area to the great outdoors. Here are some great tips:
• Illuminate with lighting: The event, family gathering, or barbecue doesn’t have to end because the sun goes down. The proper lighting adds ambiance as well as keeps your home open for more entertainment in the evening.
• Accessorize: Remember how exciting it was to pick out colors and themes for the rooms inside your home? Bring that same creativity outside.
• Water doesn’t just mean the pool: Aside from a pool, you can incorporate water in many ways outside, including fountains, bird feeders, a water fall, Koi pond and misters for the heat of the summer.
• Make it cozy: If you like the comforts of your home because it’s cozy, expand that feeling to your outdoor living area.
• Keep the pests away: Avoid plants that attract bees and other pesky insects.
• Kick your feet up and relax: Add a hammock or other similar lounge pieces that will melt your worries away. W