With summer on the horizon, you should be thinking about getting your outdoor spaces ready for the fun times that are certain to be shared. Who doesn’t enjoy spending time on your patio? Whether it’s staring your morning outside with a cup of coffee and a book, enjoying a dinner party with friends, or enjoying a sunny brunch outside – mimosas anyone (if you have space)?? So, I wanted to share some tips on How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Space.
The first thing you want to look at is creating DIMENSION:
By creating dimension to your space, it not only provides a visually appealing element which draws your eye to various aspects, it also allows the space to have character without looking flat or boring while making the space feel whole.
Dimension can be added by different colours, textures, height variations etc. For example, a single chair does not have a lot of dimensions, however, with the addition of a different colour pillow or a throw, it adds dimension to the chair, creating more interest.
Next, keep your space feeling NATURAL:
This will keep your space fresh, and provide a feeling of happiness. Incorporate natural elements through wood finishes, planters, flowers (this can be a full garden scale to low maintenance plants). If you have space, try adding a small water or fire feature, this not only adds to the natural environment you are creating but can provide a sense of relaxation while listening to the crackling fire or a water feature.
Now, take the time to think about what will make the space most COMFORTABLE for you.
First, consider what you’d primarily like to use your outdoor space for. Being comfortable in a space is a top priority for most, and this is created based on personal preference. You may want to think about adding a sunshade, cushions on your furniture, a cozy rug, or adding a privacy wall.
- Entertainment Space:
- If you plan on doing a lot of entertaining, table-height chairs will be a must, and in a smaller sized space, consider using folding chairs, as the can be easily stored when not in use.
- Relaxation Space:
- If the space will be primarily for relaxation, try creating a reading nook or lounge area, I recommend using thick, weather resistant pillows, that not only look great but are super comfortable. This will be the perfect spot for an afternoon nap or reading the newspaper.
CREATING AMBIENCE is next.
You can transform your space in the later hours of the day, by incorporating different types of lighting, as this adds to the overall ambience of the space. Use candles, lanterns, or string lights to create a relaxing environment for those perfect summer nights.
Other examples to help create ambience:
- Include soft textures such as a cozy blanket, pillows, or a rug, this creates a sense of tranquillity and warmth, especially when paired with comfortable pieces of furniture.
- Grouping furniture pieces can add warmth to a space.
- Earth tone colour choices give a space a sense of relaxation and calmness.
The next step to further understand how to create ambience in a space is to become aware of your surroundings. It is important to recognize how a space works best for you and what you find comfortable. As each person is different, a relaxing space may have a very different outcome for each individual.
Through DIMENSION, NATURAL ELEMENTS, COMFORT, and AMBIENCE, you almost have your perfect outside space created. But, to really make your space extra special, it is all about the SMALL PERSONAL TOUCHES.
A key ingredient in decorating an outdoor space is that it reflects your personal style. Add special personal touches such as your favourite wind chimes, vases, a homemade sculpture or art piece – these elements make your space complete.
Step back, review your space, and decide what personal touches you would like to add!
And just like that, you have your outdoor patio space created!
Stay tuned, I will have my next blog post on SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 to show the before and after of my outdoor patio space, and how I created it following the tips listed above.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!
Lots of Love,
Figure 1: Outdoor Patio Space: (Rose Barraza & Sara Tardiff, EDesign, August 2017) Retrieved from: https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g9142414/small-patio-ideas/?slide=12
Figure 2: Dimension: Retrieved from: (https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/337981147017277233/, ND)
Figure 3: Natural Elements: Retrieved from: (http://www.kitchentoday.net/small-patio-design-ideas/, ND)
Figure 4: Comfort: Retrieved from: (https://www.pinterest.ca/kristywicks1/exteriors-outdoor-spaces/?lp=true, ND)
Figure 5: Ambience: Retrieved from: (https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/ASH9E9q-cARoMy1IPUfEfizi6p1XgscP6CN00MIx5yd0k5Gb_yN32h0/, ND)
Figure 6: Personal Touches: Retrieved from: (https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/AWDQaZgpV9l4YEW759MeoyQ4btrA5Qmi-8GAebY_jAWAuhenL-9CRlM/, ND)