Make your outdoor living space a relaxing retreat with a few simple style choices. What a feeling- relaxing outdoors on a summer’s eve to squeeze every ounce of the daylight from the day, in a space modified by some simple suggestions.
- Softer hardscape. Hardscapes are labor and cost intensive. Possible to go for the same feel using a softer hardscape? Yes it is. Have a load of sand or gravel delivered to your desired point and use it to create pathways. Once the pathways are in place, use large well-spaced pavers, tiles, or stones for stability. Line the border with plants- if there’s a slope, semi-bury a thin steel rod on end to keep stones from washing in a hard rain- and you have a winning patio.
- Provide the unexpected. Get creative with planters, fountains and backyard decorations- here an old cast iron claw foot tub overflowing with lush greenery and blooms creates a textured accent.
- Creative Lighting. Consider creative ways to light up outdoor space. This D.C. patio was inspired by a Thailand hotel. Create a rhythm with evenly spaced globe lights- and then add mismatched candles placed directly in the water to transport guests to another place.
- All-weather fabrics. You can purchase solution dyed, indoor-outdoor fabrics for chairs, cushions, pillows and draperies. Take advantage and make an outdoor living space as comfortable and chic and as intimate as an interior space is.
Don’t sit by while the summer slips away! Reimagine and animate your outdoor living space with these easy-to-follow suggestions and visuals.