How to Create a Stylish Outdoor Space


Outdoor spaces are important. It isn’t much fun spending all of your leisure time indoors and when you work in an office all day long, you need as much time outdoors as you can manage. The trouble is our outdoor spaces are often the most neglected part of the home. We are all happy to spend time and money decorating the living room or bedroom, but when it comes to the garden it feels a bit too much like hard work. But you don’t need to hire a designer to be able to enjoy a beautiful outdoor space – and here’s why.

Plan the Space Carefully

Before you start tearing up turf or constructing pathways, it is sensible to plan how best to use the available space. For example, if you envisage doing lots of entertaining, but expect the kids to want to use the space, too, you will need to create separate areas to avoid conflict. Outdoor living spaces work best when there are walkways linking the different areas; so grab a sheet of paper and a pencil and start planning.

Seating Areas

Seating will be essential if you want to make the most of your outdoor space. There are lots of different types of seating available, but for best results choose seating that is designed to withstand heat, sunlight, and of course rain. You can always store furniture indoors over winter, but if there is not enough storage space, buy furniture that can cope with being left outdoors all year round.

Heat and Light

In order to use your outdoor space in the evening, you will need to install garden lighting. Solar lights are useful because they don’t have to be hardwired in to the mains, but for seating and eating areas close to the house, this shouldn’t be a problem. Be sure to make the most of feature lighting to highlight decorative areas.

Heating is also useful on cooler evenings. Patio heaters are inexpensive, but for maximum style points, build a full-size fireplace on your patio so you have somewhere to curl up in the evenings with a glass of wine and a good book.

Outdoor Play Areas

Once kids come along it usually isn’t long before indoor living space starts to feel a bit cramped. Toys, shoes and miscellaneous bits and pieces take over every available patch of floor space and if you have guests over for drinks and dinner, you will probably have to spend several hours clearing the mess away.

The best way to deal with this problem is to transform a section of your garden into a fun outdoor playroom. Wooden playhouse are fairly inexpensive to buy, but if you are good at DIY you could always have a go at building a playhouse from pieces of timber. For more ideas about versatile garden buildings, check out Alternatively, buy a cheap wooden shed and convert it into a playhouse.

With a bit of effort you will end up with an attractive outdoor space you can use all year round. And if you do a great job, it will add value to your home.

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