Planning for outdoor living now lets you be spontaneous when the good weather arrives
It's time to shop for outdoor furniture for your patio, terrace, balcony or garden.
Outdoor living is all about comfort and relaxation. It can happen wherever you have outdoor space – in the courtyard or backyard, balcony or terrace.
Build your outdoor retreat from the ground up, considering flooring, plants, furniture, umbrellas and awnings. There are so many choices in colors, finishes and materials – and most outdoor living elements are now made out of materials that resist degrading in the heat and humidity.
For your flooring, think terra cotta, flagstone, pavers, an interesting cement finish, wood planks or lawn. Outdoor rugs are even available to soften a hard flooring choice.
In your furniture scheme, plan for a dining area with tables and chairs, and a more casual lounging area for just hanging around. Explore the variety of materials available, including teak, faux wood products, powder coated aluminum, glass, stone, real or faux wicker and specially formulated outdoor fabrics that are mildew- and fade-resistant.
For your dining pleasure, use washable cotton table linens or even paper napkins, and unbreakable plates and glasses. It’s time to put away the starched table linens and the fine china and take it easy.
In the foliage category, consider blooming flowers that add not only color, but smell good too! A lush trellis can add intimacy and privacy.
For sun covering, you can use umbrellas, have a shading structure built, or install an awning that comes out from the house – or you can get your shade from strategically planted trees!
Accent pieces that add to your outdoor ambience include throw pillows, outdoor lanterns, water features, candles and flower arrangements.
Don’t forget the barbeque!
Who doesn’t like cooking and dining in the open air? In fact, according to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, 72% of their Facebook fans say that a backyard barbecue is their favorite kind of summer party. But keep it easy because people also like the easy, relaxing feel of outdoor dining.
Spring for some outdoor living choices now, so you can sit back and relax when the sunny weather is here!