Time spent outdoors, can serve as some form of therapy to help kick start your mood or clear your thoughts. Whether it is for having some alone time or entertaining friends in the evenings, you can always transform your outdoor area into a multi-functional space. Doing this is easy too. So if you want to make the most of that outdoor living space no matter how small it is, here’s how.
You need to plan what purpose you would like the space to serve. Are you considering to use your patio for just sitting or that backyard area for entertaining guests occasionally? You have to plan with the size of the space in mind. Also, think about how much sunlight comes in. You should consider the shady spots for your sitting arrangements.
If you want to build a deck, think about its location in relation to the rest of your outdoor space. Planning the space will also help you choose the right furniture.
Planning within a budget is very essential. Make a list of the things you need in order to make your dream space come alive. Then, factor in your budget, ensuring that essential pieces, such as the type of furniture needed, takes top priority.
- Choose the Right Furniture
Furniture is an essential part of a functional outdoor area. Choosing correctly is key.
For an outdoor area, think about where the furniture will sit. Is it an enclosed or exposed area? This will help you to decide whether you should be going for furniture that can withstand the elements of nature or not. If your outdoor area is exposed, consider furniture that is made of aluminium, for durability.
Of course, a sofa works better in a covered space than an exposed area. It will last longer with minimal sun exposure.
The purpose and size of your space also determines furniture. If you are working with a small area, go for foldable furniture where possible. Do you plan on using the space for relaxation or you would have breakfast there more often? Does an umbrella and a relaxation chair fit into the picture you have? All these should come into play.
- Go Green
For your patio or balcony, you should use plants to achieve a vibrant look. If you are worried about space, there are ways by which you can use up as little space as possible, and still get that natural element in your outdoor space- giving it a fresh and happy feel.
You could go for wall pots and hanging planters. Plant stands or vertical planters that can hold a variety of plant pots are also perfect for saving space.
- Get Comfy with special touches
Depending on the nature of your space, you could incorporate elements that make your outdoor area more comfortable and cozy. Outdoor rugs, lighting, colourful cushions, the possibilities are endless.
Outdoor rugs can add a splash of colour and character to your patio. Rugs also provide an alternative floor covering for you.
You can create an ambience with a range of outdoor lighting options. Also, adding a sunshade, or outdoor draperies to your balcony, gives you some shade and privacy.