In a recent conversation about the weather (which, isn’t that what everyone’s talking about these days?), someone said “We’ll probably go directly from cold/snow to 80 degrees and sunny, and just skip spring altogether.” And, as we Minnesotans know, they could very well be right!
And we’re so ready for those warm, sunny, snowless days, aren’t we? Which is why we want inviting outdoor spaces to enjoy every. single. bit of them.
Here are some ways to make your deck, patio, or porch into a relaxing outdoor oasis.
Make it Private.
We don’t all live in secluded areas, so having a full view of the deck or patio next to you is a pretty common occurrence.
Adding a privacy screen, a row of tall grasses in pots, hanging plants, or outdoor curtains are just some of the ways you can up the privacy factor.
Keep the pests away.
Aaaahhh. You’re settled in — feet up, a cold beverage, a good book… Whaaaat? Where did all those bugs come from?
Don’t forget the Citronella candles or, for a more natural solution for your outdoor oasis, try bug-repelling plants like marigolds, basil, lavender, peppermint, or lemon balm.
Have a seat and/or eat.
Outdoor spaces are made for hanging out, entertaining, and sharing meals with family and friends, so it’s important to have comfortable places to sit and relax or dine, or both.
Invest in comfortable patio furniture, and arrange it in a way that promotes conversation and relaxation so that you can enjoy both the outdoors and visiting with guests or family.
Make it inviting.
Decorating isn’t limited to indoor spaces. Soften your space and add personality by choosing cushion fabrics and coordinating outdoor pillows and rugs that compliment your design style.
The trickle, the rush, the roar…
Okay, roar might be extreme, but whether it’s a small table fountain or a large water feature, the sound of water will add a soothing element to your space.
Get fired up.
There’s nothing like the glow and warmth from a fire to cozy up an outdoor oasis.
It not only adds ambience, but it allows you to enjoy your spaces even on those days or evenings when the temps are a little cooler.
Light your way.
Just as in interior spaces, lighting adds another level of interest to your design and, of course, helps you to see when you’re just not quite ready to move indoors even though the sun has already set.
Whether you actually plant flowers in the ground, or just use potted and hanging plants, they’re always a good idea.
Just like textiles, they add another layer of color, texture, and interest and help to soften the space.
What are some ways that you’ve made your outdoor spaces more inviting?