There’s no better way to add extra square footage to your home than to make use of your outdoor areas. These 5 key elements can transform any outdoor space that is just as beautiful as the inside.
#1 Introduce a Rug
An outdoor rug is a must-have for a space that feels put together and grounded. Look for one specially designed for the outdoors. They are always made of synthetic materials such as polypropylene, olefin, polyester, or PVC; and are infused with UV inhibitors to inhibit fading in the sun. To extend the life of your rug, do not allow it to sit in standing water.
#2 Add Seriously Comfortable Seating
For some people, it's an act of faith to spend money on furniture you know will see the wind, sun, and rain. You have to trust it. Outdoor furniture is designed to repel water and not fade in the sun so just go for it.
#3 Create Ambiance with Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor Lighting is a key element to creating a space that feels warm and inviting. And when the sun sets, the party can go on. Look for lighting specially designed for the outdoors. If you have electricity already in place, you can hang string lights in a day. A professional electrician should help you install hardwired lighting. And finally, lanterns filled with candles (real or electric) will create a dose of whimsy and romance to any outdoor room.
#4 Hang Curtains
There is something enchanting about watching curtains in the breeze. Try hanging weatherproof curtains to anchor a seating area.
#5 Don't Forget the Accessories
Accessories make up the last 15% of any room and won't feel complete without them. Sprinkle in a small cocktail table, an outdoor pouf, lanterns filled with candles, a few pillows, and a stack of blankets for after the sun sets.