If you’d like to add more space to your home but an expensive extension isn’t on the cards, why not turn your attention to your backyard instead? By adding a few home comforts and using some clever decorating tricks, you can easily transform your garden into an inviting open-air living area.
Create an Outdoor Kitchen
To radically change the usefulness of your new outdoor “room,” build an outdoor kitchen complete with a fridge, sink, counter and grill meant for outdoor spaces. Look at your current space and think about the layout, the current surroundings and what you might want to include (an ice maker isn’t a bad idea!). Materials are important, too – stainless steel is a great option for countertops and appliances because it’s durable and weather resistant.
Rethink your Outdoor Furniture
When it comes to outdoor furniture, you have more choices than ever before. Opt for modern styles built for durability and in a range of new materials like weather-resistant polymer and resin. And think outside traditional outdoor furniture like a dining set. For instance, what would your space look like with an “outdoor” couch?
Tip: Keep plastic, polymer and resin patio furniture clean by washing them regularly with a mixture of Dawn dish soap and warm water.
Define your Outdoor Space
As you would in your house, create atmospheric areas for different uses. Add an inviting outdoor dining table on your patio for intimate dinner parties, and then create a separate area on your deck or in the yard with low-level seating, plush cushions and candles for a luxurious area to relax in afterwards.
Choose Ambient Lighting
Use a combination of outdoor lighting solutions to illuminate your space so you can enjoy your entire backyard long after the sun goes down. Subtly entwine your lighting with the natural surroundings – try strings of lights in the trees or solar lights in the flowerbeds, or incorporate natural colors and textures.
A Fragrant Experience
Plant an outdoor herb garden and aromatic flowers or wall climbers, such as jasmine or honeysuckle, to make your outdoor living room smell wonderful.
Don’t Forget the Accessories
Add soft cushions and seat covers in waterproof fabrics, and weatherproof art such as sculptures and ceramics, sundials, mirrors and water features.
Tip: Use Febreze ONE on your outdoor cushions to eliminate odors and leave a light, fresh scent