As sunny days and warmer nights approach, all we want is to spend as much time outdoors as we can.
Now is the perfect time to pay attention to our patio and create an outdoor living room outside. With the right furniture and accessories, you can take your patio to the next level. Whether you have a tiny patio or a big deck, you can easily transform it into a stylish, fresh and comfortable outdoor living space, instantly extending the boundaries of your home.
Here are some idea to help you transform your patio into an extension of your living room:
Make it Comfortable
You want your outdoor space to feel as cosy and comfortable as your indoor space, creating an environment that will make you feel at home. Moving indoor furniture and accessories outside is a great way to do it - you want your patio to be an extension of how you live. Add personal touches such as throw blankets or a unique mix of materials, hues, and furnishings that will make your outdoor space characteristically you. Go for pieces that feel good and that are soft to the touch, like a knit blanket, a woven rug, or luxuries floor pillows for maximum comfort.
Remember that the more your outdoor space feels like your style the more likely you are to use it.
Blur the boundaries -
Between indoors and outdoors aesthetics. Create a sense of continuity, and a feeling that your outside patio area is an extension of your living room.
This is a great way to make the most of a smaller outdoor space that adjoins an apartment or a house. A way to do it is by using the same floor tiles, and the same color scheme and design used inside.
Mix between indoor and outdoor materials so it won’t feel like a big shift as you move from the patio to the house and back. A balanced combination will give the outdoor space a natural feel and connect the inside to the outside. An oversize armchair, patterned textiles, or an all-weather mirror will bring the style and comfort of an indoor living room to the outside space.
In addition to considering the aesthetics such as walls and floor tiles, think about taking the indoor accessories outside too - to create a homely feeling outside.
Outdoor rugs and pillows are both a part of the trend where people are increasingly treating their outdoor spaces with the same consideration as their interiors. This is great way to inject an artistic flare to outdoor spaces. You can always take your existing accessories outside but remember to keep weather in mind to prevent damage.
Don't be afraid to mix prints and patterns when it comes to decorating. Think various pillows with interesting patterns and accents or geometric rugs. Bright colors and bold patterns are another option when it comes to outdoor rugs -the open space means you can experiment with use of color more than in interior rooms.
After being inside the house for a long time, we will now most likely choose brighter colors for our outdoor space. Warm tones that are usually used for outdoor accessories, will mix with pops of color on outdoor rugs, furniture, lighting and more. Soft shades of orange, yellow, pink and green will return, and are in line with our efforts of being relaxed and open to the energy of the outdoors.
The greener, the better
Breathe life into your patio with some potted plants, hanging planters or even potted herbs.
If you don’t have a dedicated space for a garden, potted plants can be your answer. Use large pots holding lush plants to create a feeling of being in nature, the more variety, the better. For an eclectic look, go for a variety of materials such as terracotta, wood, and painted ceramics.
Another space saving option is mounting wall planters, where you can grow herbs, flowers or vegetables. This is also a great way to revive a dull wall.
If you have a bit more space to work with, you can use an outdoor shelving unit for your plants. This can add an indoor-outdoor look to your garden, especially if you add a few accessories around your plants.
As you can see, with some planning and creativity, you can transform your patio into a beautiful, cosy space. But true indoor-outdoor living is about more than just creating the perfect patio, it’s about blending the interior of your home and the outside world in a way that lets you experience the best of both worlds at the same time.