Let's explore ideas & trends that will help you improve your backyard, patio, porch or deck
If your outdoor area, whether it’s a deck, porch, veranda or patio, is empty and you are considering improving, then you’ve come to the right place. In this piece we will explore ideas and trends that will help you improve your backyard, patio, porch or deck.
The first two questions to ask yourself: how are you planning on using the outdoor space and what is your budget? Economic and frugal options that offer wonderful style exist, so it’s ideal to identify if you have a budget ceiling. Do you plan on throwing parties that will extend out to your patio? Or do you envision a tranquil space to privately unwind and relax? How you plan on using the space and your budget should determine how you proceed from the beginning of your outdoor makeover.
Embrace Mother Nature
Spruce up your outdoor space, but stick to the outdoor theme. Small trees, shrubs and flowers are obvious choices when sticking with the Earthy theme, but your Patio Furniture should also fall in line with this look. Try organic materials or synthetic materials that appear natural such as rattan or Wicker when it comes to picking your patio furniture. Earth tones and other natural colors will fit into any outdoor environment, something to consider when picking patio cushions and other items.
Get creative when it comes to Accessories. Be willing to try out different looks, items and materials. Designers love coffee tables for the ability to hold candles, small patches of wheat grass, trays and small plants. Other accessory ideas include old apothecary jars, bird baths, empty cans, discarded farm equipment and no-longer-used gardening tools such as wheelbarrows. Try to keep the collectibles and trinkets fun, but with rustic themes. And don’t be afraid to get creative; try using a small mirror as a tray on your coffee table for additional light or logs from a local body of water for additional character.
Don’t Forget About Fire & Light
If you have stairs or elevated areas in your Outdoor Room, be sure to add appropriate lighting to avoid injuries, slips and falls. And if you haven’t considered a Fireplace, Fire Pit or Grill, then you should. Fire, whether it’s from a fire pit or fireplace, will not only add a beautiful accent that acts as a focal point and gathering area but will extend the life of your outdoor area into the winter. And adding a Grill Island is much like adding an outdoor room, making your home feel larger and more complete. Don’t rely strictly on candles and Tiki torches… get creative people!
Don't Forget About the Kids!
If you have children it's obvious your backyard, porch or patio isn't only for adults. Kids love to play on Trampolines, while parents love the energy-draining aspect of these recreational items. Safety is paramount with current models; if you choose a larger model trampoline be sure to pick out an enclosure that offers a lock. And smaller trampolines are great for younger children and also extremely easy to move due to their small size. And every kid dreams of having a Swimming Pool in their backyard. Above Ground Pools come is several shapes and sizes; you're guaranteed to find a model to fit into your backyard. If you have several children, or are constantly entertaining your children's friends, a great addition would be a Play Gym. Creative Playthings offer the ability to customize your set, creating a special and private playground in your backyard!
The Perfect Patio Furniture
It can be tough locating the perfect Patio Furniture. Be sure you choose durable materials; if you choose cast aluminum be sure it offers a baked-on powder coat to avoid rust and other damage. Hanamint offers cast aluminum collections and pieces that feature a five-step baked-on powder coat that can be placed outdoors regardless of the time of year or weather. Pick manufacturers who offer warranties so your investment is protected; Gensun showcases a 15-year warranty with their outdoor furniture, one of the best in the industry.
If you are blessed with a large amount of space in your backyard, consider breaking up your backyard into several separate “Outdoor Rooms”. Many patio furniture manufacturers such as Gensun and Hanamint offer collections divided into groups such as Dining, Deep Seating, Counter Height and many more. Place a few deep seating pieces in the corner of the patio to create a relaxing living-room-like area. Add a dining set under the porch for outdoor summertime feasts with the family. Feature counter height dining on your deck so guests can view the backyard or lake instead of the rail or banister. Utilize collections to your financial advantage; if you are working on a budget you can add a deep seating set this year, and add that matching dining table and chairs next year. And don’t forget that Pergolas, arbors or other wooden structures are not only cool elements but create additional outdoor spaces perfect for placement of patio furniture. Add one to your backyard to create yet another place where guests can gather and socialize.
Using these tips will help you create the best outdoor space for your home. Remember to get creative and rely on your own personal style for ideas; in the end the person that needs to be pleased is you!
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