If you’re fortunate enough to have a house, apartment or condominium unit with an outdoor living space, then you should take time to decorate this space. A porch, terrace, veranda or lanai can serve as an alternative place for friends, family, and relatives to hang out when it’s boring and stuffy inside. Your outdoor living space can also be a place where you can cultivate your green thumb and design skills.
You have a wide array of choices in decorating your outdoor living space, and it will depend on your budget, time, and taste.
Most outdoor living spaces will require flooring that is weather-resistant. The flooring should withstand rains, snow, hot weather, and dust. For this purpose, ceramic tiles and stone slabs are usually a good option. These can come in different colors and patterns, and you can decorate with tiles, depending on your taste. You can also use hardwood planks to create a deck.
Most outdoor furniture should also be weather-resistant. These would have to be water-proof, and should withstand the heat of the sun. Some fabrics will fade, and leather might crack in the severe outdoor heat. You can add a deck chair or lounger. These are great to look at, and can also provide relaxed seating when hanging out.
If your outdoor living area doesn’t have roofing built into the structure, you can also add umbrellas. These can be both decorative and functional, too. Some umbrellas only keep the sun out, but not the rain. Some canvass umbrellas will both keep the heat and the rain out. Lounge umbrellas usually come with their own stand, or they can be built into outdoor tables.
Plants and greenery
If you have a green thumb, now is the time to put your skills to the test. You can have a planter built, and you can plant bushes and flowering plants here. Or, you can use potted plants to accent your outdoor living area. Choose plants that are tall enough to provide green cover.
If your outdoor living area is enclosed by walls, you can also use hanging plants. Orchids and small ferns work well with this setup.
An outdoor living area can be accentuated with a wide choice of décor. You can add a small fountain or waterfall. These can be installed into the ground, but smaller ones can simply be laid onto the existing flooring. A fountain will usually require plugging into an electricity source for the pump to work, so you will need to take this into consideration.
If you are an animal lover, consider adding a bird bath. Keep it filled with water and you can expect a lot of visits from feathered friends throughout the warm seasons.
If your outdoor living area is in open air, consider adding trellis. You can use this to grow vines or even support a fiberglass canopy or roof.
You can also add a lamppost, which can help keep the surroundings bright during nighttime. You can have a wide variety of choices, from old-fashioned brass lamps to more modern ones, depending on your taste, and the design of your house.