CREATE A SPACE IN WHICH TO ESCAPE
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. When the sun begins to set, you still want to be able to enjoy the outdoor space you have created. Nightscapes of Muskoka can help you choose appropriate outdoor lighting so you can enjoy your outdoor space all night long. Plus, the right lighting makes your space look elegant yet stylish.
CHOOSE MATERIALS THAT LAST
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 Outdoor furniture sets and accessories can withstand the elements of every season so do plenty of research on the best products and deals that you can source online to help you find the ideal furniture set for your outdoor space. 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.
OPTIMIZE FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE
Take some time to think about how your 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.
DON’T SKIMP ON STYLE
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. There are so many different ways to style space, the possibilities are endless. You could include hardtop gazebos for shaded cozy areas, or sun loungers if you love the sun. Not to mention you could have a dining area complete with a grill or pizza oven. 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.
A WORTHY INDULGENCE
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. It will take a lot of careful thought and planning to create your perfect outdoor space. These decisions are important, so it is crucial that you don’t rush into them until you’ve thought about it first. To make room for your new furniture or to free up some space, you may need to store some of your items in outdoor storage buildings, to ensure that you have enough room to make your space the best it can be. It doesn’t matter how long the process takes, what’s important is that you create something that reflects your design tastes and is a place where you can sit back and relax at the end of the day. So, do you need a little help creating the outdoor space of your dreams? Give us a call, indoors or out, we’d love to help you achieve the space you’ve always wanted.
Click here to see more of this outdoor space designed by Turnstyle Design.