Outdoor home improvement can be one of the trickiest projects you could ever undertake. Since you usually have more space, it is easy to get carried away or lose track of visual direction when doing a backyard redesign.
As long as you have the right vision to guide your execution, however, improving your patio can also be one of the most fulfilling home projects you can do. In this article, we give you a quick guide that can help you get the backyard of your dreams.
1. Consider your lifestyle.
Aesthetics are important for patio redesigns, yes, but just like with any other house design projects, you should never sacrifice utility for visuals. Think of your lifestyle when creating your plan. How are you planning to use the space? Are you going to cook? Have tea there? Or will you just use it as a resting nook? Depending on this, you can create your layout and work from there when choosing the right pieces to furnish your patio.
2. Make it comfortable.
Similar to the first point, you should never forget to make your backyard comfortable to stay on regardless of how you are going to use it. This is where your choice of outdoor furniture comes in. What design of tables and chairs do you want? More importantly, what kind of material should you choose? Outdoor furniture will be exposed to the elements so you should choose those that are easy to maintain and won’t break down easily.
3. Go green.
This is pretty obvious if we’re talking about outdoor home improvement, but what if you don’t really have an ‘outdoor’ space to design? You can still decorate your space with greenery even if you’re only working with a small roofed balcony in a condo unit.
Can’t accommodate plants? Go for artificial topiaries like this faux boxwood topiary ball to decorate your space instead. Not only are they easy to maintain, but you also don’t need to worry about them dying on you.
4. Consider your lighting.
This is especially applicable if you will be working with a real outdoor, open space. Where does the sun rise and set? Should you buy covers that can give you shade? Spaces that get direct sunlight should be furnished with the right furniture because heat can easily affect materials.
Of course, don’t forget the artificial lighting as well. What’s an outdoor patio that you can’t decorate with hanging lights, right? You can also go for wall-mounted downlights or even solar-powered accent lights for this one.
5. Curate the mood.
Once you’re done with the foundation of your design, you can start to build and tweak the visual mood of your patio by choosing the right accessories. This will all depend on your taste, but you can always add more artificial plants and table accents like this eye-catching Doric I vase that can make your overall layout interesting.
We suggest sticking to furnishing that you can easily connect with nature, like this elegant grasshopper table accent from one of our collections.
Make Your Backyard Your New Favorite Spot
Outdoor home improvement projects are always exciting, despite being a lot of work sometimes. Before starting one, make sure that you have a solid plan first and a clear vision to guide you with the execution.
Don’t forget to choose the right accents and furnishings, too. Some of our pieces here at Oaklane can give you that spark of inspiration for your next redesign. Need an extra boost to start hatching some ideas? Contact us today!