Now that Spring has arrived and Summer is right around the corner, I’ve joined the bajillion people who are sprucing up their outdoor space. In the past (meaning pre-blogging days), I just filled a few pots with flowers, tidied things up and called it done. These days, I try to put more effort in my outdoor spaces. Specifically, I want my deck and porch to feel more like a room instead of just a place for some potted flowers and a table with an umbrella.
While doing a little research, I put together a few pointers for creating an outdoor room that have helped me and I hope you will find helpful too.
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Furniture – The Basic Element
Determine how you want/need your space to function. That will dictate what type and the amount of furniture that you’ll need.
If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor fireplace, I’m truly envious of you! By all means arrange your furniture to enjoy such a great focal point.
Do you want a multi-functional space? Whether your space is small or large, one level or two, grouping furniture together according to it’s function will enhance the feeling of having multiple outdoor rooms.
If you truly want the look of an outdoor room, use furnishings like what you would use indoors. Be sure to use outdoor fabrics and cushion inserts, outdoor lamps and outdoor paint to hold up to the weather.
Consider adding “walls” to your outdoor space to give the feel of an outdoor room, not just a wide open space.
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Create the illusion of a wall with outdoor planters. If diy isn’t your thing, these self-watering outdoor planters are awesome! They’re on wheels (which you can lock in place), so they can easily be moved around. Available in three colors – white, charcoal and green. With free shipping and a $30 savings when you order more than one planter, they’re a great bang for your buck.
The addition of drapery panels is a great way to define your room and create intimacy. No need to spend a lot of money on outdoor fabric either. Canvas painter’s drop cloths are readily available at your local big box home improvement store and are very affordable.
Add a rug (or two). Nothing says “this is a room” like an area rug. An area rug helps to ground and define a space. The design/style of the rug that you choose will go a long way toward pulling your outdoor room together.
Whether you prefer a trickle or a gurgle, the sound of running water is so soothing and relaxing. I think it can even fool you into thinking it’s cooler when you’re near it. The selection of portable outdoor fountains is huge today.