The Covid epidemic has taught us how precious outdoor space is. Time spent outside is vital for physical and mental health. However, the backyard or garden has become an often neglected space, with so many people in our modern world being too busy and not having the time to take proper care of the area.
These areas are often wasted spaces which is such a shame when they have so much potential and there are easy and low-maintenance ways to give them that vital boost which will, in turn, boost you and your family’s physical and mental health.
By utilising some of our top tips, you can fully enjoy your outdoor space all year round. With the proper adjustments and accessories, you can now extend your enjoyment to any time of day or night and also any season. And you don’t even need green fingers.
In this article, we will look at different ways to help make the most of your outdoor space.
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will turn your unused outdoor space into a protected, usable, and functional patio area ideal for barbeques, entertaining, or for your kids to play in.
Extend your living area with a deck. Stylish decking does not only look amazing, but can offer year-round protection while also providing an entertainment area that the whole family can enjoy.
Decking can be designed to be at ground floor level or elevated to be at first-floor level to take advantage of views and/or maximise your garden space.
Add Warmth and Provide Heat
Patio heaters and outdoor fireplaces are two of the many heating alternatives to add character to an outdoor setting. For those chillier nights, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit can add a lot of atmosphere to a place and make it seem a lot cosier. They can also be really romantic.
Patio heaters may lack the atmosphere of a fireplace, but they are practical and easy-to-use heating options for your outdoor living space that may extend your calendar of outdoor gatherings by several weeks. They are also great focal points for parties.
Pick the Right Furniture
Because you’ll be spending a lot of time out on your patio and decking, you’ll want to make sure you have enough of the right kind of furniture. Outdoor furniture nowadays is made of high-quality, weather-resistant materials and fabrics that can withstand the weather.
There are some incredibly stylish choices around that are long-lasting and weather resistant. Consider synthetic rattan, which is attractive all year and can withstand the rain. Don’t forget to add colourful throws and blankets to make evening or winter gatherings that much more cosier.
Add outside lighting
In the summer, some lighting systems or lamps will help create a joyful atmosphere. Fairy lights can look magical all year round.
As days become shorter, add extra lighting to brighten your outside spaces. Solar and LED lighting fixtures are available, uplighting trees or fences creates visual interest and can expand the impression of the patio.
You may also consider some ornamental lamps to illuminate the steps and path for when you want to get back inside and for added safety for children.
Make A Living Room For Social Gathering
Just because you’re arranging for a place other than your inside home doesn’t mean you must forget about the concepts of social design. When it comes to outdoor spaces or patios especially, it’s easy to overlook this and just push all of the furniture up against the house, so that when everyone sits down, they’re facing away from the house.
If you add an extra sofa or pair of seats facing the home, all of your guests will be able to converse with one another, play cards or board games, socialise, or have meals in an outside setting that seems as cosy and personal as a living room.
Consider An Outdoor Kitchen
Because the kitchen is the core of any house, an outdoor kitchen should be considered for any outdoor space or patio. Creating your second kitchen will not only save you time from running back and forth in and out of your house, but it will also provide a terrific entertaining space.
Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular, mainly because cooking outdoors is less of a work and more of a pleasure. This is much more than just a backyard barbecue.
The grill is usually the focal point of any outdoor kitchen, but with the appropriate design, you can do a lot more than just grilling. You may create an open-air kitchen that contains a sink, a refrigerator, or any food prep facilities that you need.
Bring in Some Plants
Plants will give your outdoor space that extra boost. Some cleaver and low-maintenance planting can make all the difference. However, if you can’t face plants dying on you or cutting them back, there are many realistic artificial UV resistant plants and trees nowadays that few will know are not the real thing.
Adding a bit of colour and texture in your garden and patio area will lighten the architectural elements and give them a new breath of life. As a result, you’ll have a welcoming and pleasant patio area.
You can buy a few pot plants, plant some around the area, or do a mixture of both. Hanging baskets can also look wonderful.
Don’t Forget About The Decoration
The same rules apply to your outdoor space as they do to your bedroom or living room. Things might grow boring after a while, but changing up your outside space or patio, particularly as the seasons change, can keep it attractive, colourful, and appealing.
Try to bring art and decoration to your patio to make it a true outdoor living space. Make sure to choose neutral tones for your furniture, which you can then improvise with by switching up with different accessories like rugs and cushions from one season to another.
Your outdoor space is a versatile living space that you should make the most of. Even if you are disabled (or just very busy) and cannot keep up with maintaining a garden, you can have a beautiful outside space everyone can enjoy with these ideas.