More and more people are thinking outside the boundaries of walls and rooms to design an outdoor living space. Here is your easy how to drive to design the best outdoor space for your garden furniture. Use these tips to create an outdoor living environment that you will love.
Surprisingly, many of the principles of interior design and decoration also apply to the outdoor space. First you will want to create an outdoor room using hedges, grates, stone or plants. This brings order to a large area of chaos.
The use of the word “chaos” does not imply disorder or abandonment, but rather indefinite open spaces. By enclosing the area, you are designated and define your outdoor living space creating a feeling of calm and orderly peace. It also helps simplify design requirements.
As in an interior room, start by mapping the space on graph paper. Think in terms of related space. Too small in a large courtyard, and will appear and “feel” fractured. Too much patio and furniture in a small space will easily become bulky and limiting.
Unlike an internal room in which the common rooms are square or rectangular in shape, an external space has no such limits. Take advantage of the natural corner and the crevices that nature offers. Add benches, trusses, fountains and even arches to add a geometric variety and inviting retreat spaces.
The main area, however, will need some basic decoration applications. Design your space using a balance of colors, weight and positioning of the furniture. Include everything that makes an indoor gathering comfortable and relaxing; chairs, tables also the lighting must be configured in the general design scheme.
Balance and resistance to disorder are also an important aspect to consider. If you work with a large area, why not create “rooms” designed for specific functions. Create a path to the dining area that leads to a gazebo while another path might open up to a comfortable sitting area with garden furniture with themed water features.
The location of the garden furniture should also be a flat area that allows effective water drainage. Grouping water in your outdoor retreat is never an interesting feature!
Work from the top, down. A standard measure to keep in mind is 1 inch of slope for every 10 feet of surface.
Your planning must go beyond spring considering the higher temperatures during the high summer season. Although you can enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face, especially in spring, it can get terribly uncomfortable in the middle of those “dog summer days”. If possible, choose a space that offers an excellent mix of sun and shade.
Create shade using umbrellas, gazebos, awnings or beautiful pergolas. The easiest climbers to grow pergolas are: bougainvillea, clematis, sweet peas, Boston ivy and climbing hydrangea vine.
Where and how to place garden furniture is so important for the overall comfort of your outdoor living space. With a little planning you will have a lot of summer comforts to have fun!
by Sue E Krippner