A deck or patio is a versatile space that you and your family can enjoy for years. Similar to other parts of your home, it’s important to make the most of the available space. Here are a few tips for maximizing your outdoor living space and increasing its function and aesthetic appeal.
1. Scale Furniture Appropriately
If your patio or deck is small, large furniture can impede the flow of foot traffic through the space and limit use. Conversely, a large outdoor area can feel disconnected without enough furniture. At minimum, add a table for multiple uses, an umbrella for shade, and enough chairs for your family members or guests.
2. Plan Built-in Features
When renovating your deck or creating a new outdoor area from scratch, consider integrated features that will help optimize its usefulness. If you frequently host friends and family for meals, for example, think about adding built-in benches. If you want to cook outside, a dedicated kitchen area is a smart investment. Hidden storage can make the most of nooks and crannies while providing a place to stow cushions, gardening tools, and other odds and ends.
3. Add Color
Beautiful outdoor spaces tend to get more use than drab concrete islands. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to pull your patio together. Try incorporating a color palette with the use of accessories like rugs, outdoor pillows, and even flowers and foliage. You can even go bold by commissioning a bright paint job for your wooden deck. The prettier your space, the more visitors it will attract.
4. Boost Privacy
Drapery panels are a quick and easy way to add shade while shielding your deck from view. They also enhance the visual interest of the space by coordinating with your decor scheme. If you prefer to drink your morning coffee without the watchful eyes of passers-by, you’ll find that breezy curtains fit the bill.
5. Incorporate Lighting
Not only does lighting set the mood when you’re hosting a soiree, it also allows family members to relax on the deck after dark. If you find yourself heading inside when the sun goes down, it may be time to think about ambient lighting for your patio. From tiki torches to string lights, the options are endless. As always, it’s important to make sure that key areas and pathways are illuminated for safety.
6. Bring It to Life
Living greenery provides lushness and warmth that will draw family members and guests into the yard. If you think you don’t have room for a garden, use small containers, and take advantage of your vertical space. From colorful annuals that change with the seasons to home-grown herbs and low-maintenance succulents, there’s a plant for every type of homeowner. You can even select species that ward off bugs if you find your yard is a haven for mosquitoes.
Depending on the size and layout of your deck or patio, it can be easy for it to feel cramped or overwhelmed. If you believe your outdoor living space could use a makeover, use some of these tips to make your space anew.
If you are interested in adding outdoor living space to your home, Breyer Construction can help. Our team has years of experience working with homeowners to create the deck or patio they’ve always dreamed of. Interested in learning more? Contact us today and start building your perfect space.