More and more homeowners are turning their backyard patios and decks into a magnificent living space. However, like creating the best indoor design, there are some tricks and tips to crafting a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space. Check out these three tips to create an ideal outdoor living space in your backyard.
Create Your Space
When decorating your home, it's easy to tell which room is which, so the finished look is cohesive. However, one problem with outdoor living is that there are not defined rooms like inside the home. Therefore, before you start decorating, you must define the space. Start by choosing what type of space or spaces you want (cooking space, sitting space, etc.), and then choose locations for those spaces. For example, perhaps you place your grill and outdoor table/chairs on the patio, but you set your outdoor sofa and/or bench swing by the fire pit. This automatically creates two spaces: one for cooking/eating, and one for relaxing with friends or watching the fire.
Offer Protection From the Sun
You will likely spend a lot time in the outdoor living space when the sun is shining. For this reason, you need to make sure you have protection from the sun in certain areas. Awnings are excellent choices for shade, and they can be placed over many types of outdoor spaces. If you have the space and money, installing a gazebo helps define space and gives shade. If you can't afford to purchase anything for shade, try to use the natural features of your home, such as tall trees that cast long shadows or shorter ones with overhanging branches.
Add Lights for Nighttime Use
Of course, the sun isn't always out when you want to enjoy your living space, but if you don't have adequate light, no one will want to stay outside for long. When adding light, remember your different spaces, and choose the proper light accordingly. In your cooking area, for example, you probably want lots of light, so task lighting may be best. Similarly, task lighting is a great a long a walkway. However, in your sitting area, you may prefer ambient light, which provides enough light without affecting the relaxing atmosphere. If used correctly, lighting can offer more than functionality. It can provide style and help create better spaces. Talk to a local landscape lighting design company for ideas.
If you love entertaining people, or you simply want a fun space you can enjoy with your family, you should start creating your outdoor living space. With these three tips, you are sure to make one that provides fun and comfort for everyone. If you are ready, get started today by installing some exterior lighting or other amenities.