Our mild, tropical climate allows us to take full advantage of outdoor living. Whether you have a small patio, wrap-around deck, minimal backyard space or sizable yard, there are plenty of options and design trends worth considering if you’re ready to take your outdoor living up to the next level. Listed below are some ideas and considerations to help get you started.
Kitchen, Living Room or Both? Depending on your space and lifestyle, you’ll want to consider how you plan to use your patio for outdoor living. If you love dining “alfresco”, outside, and entertaining, incorporating a kitchen may be worth the investment. Adding a new kitchen is a big undertaking, but if you’re determined to go this route, chances are you’ll get a significant ROI on the project. If a kitchen is beyond your scope right now, focus on creating a comfortable living area instead; just keep room for your outdoor grill.
Go Beyond Basic Patio Furniture. One allure of creating an outdoor living space is the level of comfort you can achieve. In today’s furniture market there’s an expanding selection of couch-comfy furniture made just for the outdoor living room. Wicker framed couches and oversized chairs set with deep cushions made from water and UV resistant materials will help create a warm and welcome atmosphere year-round. The addition of an outdoor rug will make the space that much better too.
Small Details Make for Big Ambiance. When you’re planning your outdoor living space, don’t forget the small details; they can make a big difference. Lighting should be adequate for how you plan to use the space. Don’t be afraid to add a lamp or two, wall sconces and chandeliers can give off great light for evening gatherings and add a touch of style. You can also take advantage of solar LED lights to add more charm and light all around. We live in a tropical climate, so a ceiling fan is a must; consider installing more than one if your space is on the larger size.
There’s Nothing Like a Firepit. Evenings spent alongside a cozy fire make everything better. Whether you choose to have one built or select a moveable model, firepits not only make outdoor living better, they can also add a unique sense of style to your backyard or patio. The options are almost endless. If you opt to set up your firepit away from the main sitting area of your patio, be sure to include additional seating around it to encourage guests to enjoy the warmth of an evening fire.
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