What home renovation project should be on the top of your list right now? Outdoor living of course! This month, it’s been our mission to tell you how to perfect the look of your outdoor space, from landscaping to adding an outdoor kitchen. Interior designer Kate Davidson shares with us how to add style to those spaces – new or existing ones! Contact a decor expert to get started!
It is finally getting warm outside, which means we can start enjoying our outdoor living spaces once again! Whether you have a small balcony or a large cottage, there are many ways that we bring life to outdoor spaces which we would love to share.
Start from the ground up
Just because it’s the outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t furnish your outdoor living space! There are so many fabulous outdoor rugs that are now stylish and soft under foot. I love using the indoor/outdoor rugs that Dash & Albert offer in our projects. They now have a fabulous range of patterns and colours that will add personality to your space. As a designer, I often advise clients to bring in some colour to your outdoor dining and living space with a rug. Here’s what’s so great about these rugs:
- They are low-maintenance;
- Can be hosed down and left outdoors all year round.
How easy is that? And you thought you couldn’t put ‘indoor’ accessories outside!
Don’t be afraid to add colour!
Add colour and texture with your accessories such as accent pillows, planters, table decor and durable accents. When decorating with colour, we recommend to stick to a colour scheme:
- go with two to three colours;
- one as your main colour;
- the other two as your accent colours.
Decide ahead if you want a monochromatic scheme or a bolder, more colourful look. Make sure items you place outdoors are durable and have a good weight to them to prevent them from blowing away in heavy rain or wind storms.
Exterior storage boxes are a handy place to stow away cushions when not in use to protect from the elements.
This adds such an impact to a space – especially at night. Soffit lighting on your home or cottage adds a beautiful glow to your home, as well as lighting incorporated into your landscaping is an elegant way to add drama and dimension.
Adding another dimension, there are fabulous lanterns available to illuminate your entertaining area. Lanterns are a fantastic way to add charm and a warm ambiance to your exterior space. I love incorporating large scale lanterns into my designs, they are elegant and durable to withstand the elements. Now you can also find battery powered candles which are safer, more handy options. Let one of our accessory experts guide you in your search for the right lighting materials.
Check out our ultimate guide on everything you need to know about outdoor lighting! We included different lighting options and price points!
When you’re spending time outdoors, it’s important that you cover up from the harsh sun with awnings or umbrellas. Be strategic in where you place them, and pay attention to the direction of the sun during different times of the day. You can find a variety of umbrellas that offer many options from sizes, shades and wide range of fabrics. If you enjoy entertaining at night, consider selecting an umbrella that has lights incorporated to illuminate your living space at night.
Pesky bugs killing the vibe?
Don’t get bugged out by those pesky skeeters! There are now fantastic bug-zapping units which you can get for your patio. What’s the point of having a fabulous outdoor space that you can’t enjoy comfortably? Another great outdoor appliance are outdoor heaters. There are lots of models on the market which use a propane tank; these will offer you warmth during cool summer nights and extend your outdoor entertaining season.
Now get out and enjoy the outdoors this summer in style!
But before you do that, be sure to scroll through our directory of furniture and home accessories stores. Scroll through image galleries and start picking out your decor pieces to enhance the look and feel of your outdoor living space!
About the Author: Kate Davidson is an Oakville-based interior designer.