Cozy and Inviting Outdoor Spaces

Want to know an easy way to add a cozy living space to your home, without the cost of major construction or renovation?  Take it outside!  By creating a cozy outdoor space for your home, you not only increase your overall living area, but you’ll be adding a special place to relax on those warm summer nights.  By following some or all of the suggestions below, you’ll create a whole new wonderful living space in no time.

Consider the elements

Nobody really likes sitting outside in the rain or cold, so the first thing to consider is protection from the elements.  Make sure your outdoor space keeps you dry and warm.  Take advantage of the existing exterior walls of your home, and extend from there.  An umbrella or arbor can help with added protection, and curtains can also create some additional privacy, while helping to shade from the sun.  A patio heater or portable fire pit will let you stay outside even after there’s a chill in the air.

Choose weather-resistant, cozy furniture

Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your living room.  Big, overstuffed chairs and chaises are great places to relax, and can be purchased covered in fabric suitable for outdoors.  Warm colors and curved lines will enhance the feeling of comfort.  Include throw pillows and blankets to create an inviting feeling that will make guests want to sink in and stay.  Be sure to include some side tables so there’s a place to put drinks.
Place seats close together and facing each other to allow for intimate conversation.  However, be sure there is enough space to move in and out without feeling crowded.

Create atmosphere with lighting

Lighting goes a long way to creating a cozy and inviting outdoor space.  Choose soft lighting and fixtures that blend into the decor of your home.  Avoid string lights or bright lights.  The warm glow cast by candles is a great choice, and you can eliminate any fire hazard by choosing electric candles.  The varieties available today look amazingly realistic, and can be found at any discount chain store.

Create warmth with plants and flowers

Outdoor spaces simply cry out for plant life.  Think big, luscious and plentiful.  Potted plants or flowers in vases create places where the eye can linger.  Use ornate planters and pots to add visual interest.  Flowers can also provide a pleasing fragrance to perfume your cozy outdoor space.
If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, consider adding an arbor or trellis to your outdoor space, and let vining plants and flowers clamber up the sides.
By incorporating these few simple suggestions, you can create a cozy and inviting outdoor living space that will be enjoyed for years to come!

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