Create Outside Spaces for Your Patio Furniture
More and more people are thinking outside the confines of walls
and rooms to designing an outside living space. Here is your easy
how to guide to designing the best outdoor space for your patio
furniture. Use these tips to create an outdoor living
environment that you will love.
Amazingly, many of the interior design and decorating principles
apply to the outdoor space as well. The first step is to decide
what medium you will use to create an outside enclosure. Options
include gazebos, stones, hedges or plants. This brings order to
a huge area of chaos.
Using the word “chaos” does not infer mess or neglect but rather
undefined open spaces. By enclosing the area, you are designated
and defining your outdoor living space creating a feeling of
calm and ordered peace. It also helps to simplify your design
As with an inside room, begin by mapping out the space on graph
paper. Think in terms of related space. Too small in an
expansive yard, and it will appear and “feel” fractured. Too
large in a small spaced area will feel cramped and confining.
Unlike an indoor room where common rooms are square or
rectangular in shape, an outdoor space has no such limits. Take
advantage of the natural nook and crannies that nature provides.
Add benches, trellises, fountains and even archways to add some
geometric variety and inviting retreat spaces.
Focusing on these little curves and natural attractions should
come second to your main outside enclosure. Design your space
using a balance of color, weight and furniture placement.
Include everything outside that makes an indoor gathering
comfortable and relaxing; chairs, tables even lighting needs to
be configured into the overall design scheme.
Balance and the resistance to clutter is also an important
aspect to consider. If you are working with a large area why not
make designated “rooms” for specific functions. Create a path to
the eating area leading to a gazebo while another path could
open up to a comfortable patio furniture sitting area with a
themed water feature.
The location of your patio furniture will also need to be an
area that is flat which allows for effective water drainage. A
beautiful setting is not as attractive when sploshes galoshes
Work from a high spot, down. A standard measurement to keep in
mind is 1 inch of slope for every 10 feet of surface area.
Another vital aspect of choosing location is to anticipate the
hottest days. Though you may enjoy the heat of the sun on your
face, especially during spring, it can become awfully
uncomfortable in the middle of those “dog days of summer”. If
possible choose a space that provides a great mix of sun and
Create shade by using umbrellas, gazebos, awnings or beautiful
pergolas. The more common pergola easy growing climbers are:
Bougainvillea, Clematis, Sweet Peas, Boston Ivy and Climbing
The placement of your patio furniture is just as important as
the furniture itself. With a little bit of planning you will
have a lot of summer comfort to enjoy!