Sponsor Spotlight: Outdoor Living Design Ideas
With more time spent at home this year, getting outdoors and spending time outside the home is growing in popularity. Even before the pandemic, the demand for outdoor living spaces increased. According to a recent analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a majority of homebuyers (87%) ranked the “patio” among the top essential features of a home. Expanding your outdoor living space can help you enjoy nature, relax and be entertained safely while social distancing. Here are some design tips to help you enjoy the outdoors and create your own oasis at home.
Select outdoor seating. Choose patio chairs or sofas designed to withstand the elements. Furniture materials such as high quality teak or wicker are ideal for outdoor use. If you’re buying outdoor seating online, check the measurements. Bulky or bulky furniture can make your living space feel cramped or disrupt the flow from outdoors to indoors. Consider buying lightweight furniture, so it can be easily moved around your deck or patio.
Incorporate light fixtures. If you prefer to spend time outdoors after dusk or before dawn, you’ll need a solution to brighten up your space. If you have a smaller outdoor living space, string lights are optimal. For a larger space, add decorative lanterns or small lamps on side tables to illuminate your outdoor living space.
Embrace colors and patterns. Adding bright hues or eye-catching patterns is appealing to any outdoor space. Another option is to select neutral cushions or pillows and paint the wooden furniture your favorite color. Be sure to select an optimal paint and primer for outdoor use.
Accessorize. If you have patio furniture, new pillows or cushions can create a more inviting space, and side tables can freshen up any patio setup. Patio umbrellas can also add pizzazz to your outdoor living space, and a quick-drying mat can make smaller outdoor spaces more comfortable.
Treat yourself to greenery. Potted plants and flowers are a stylish addition to any outdoor living space. When choosing the perfect plants for your patio, consider the amount of sun or shade in your outdoor space. Plant care instructions are easily found online or on plant labels if you shop in stores.
To find a professional who can help you create your favorite indoor and outdoor living space, contact Irons Brothers Construction, Inc.
— By Joseph Irons, Irons Brothers Construction, Inc.