Urban living does come with a number of amenities and advantages, but unfortunately, outdoor space comes at a premium. For those of us that are blessed with any type of an outdoor living space, it’s important to make the most of it and create an area that allows for optimal relaxation.
- Before you go out and purchase accessories for your outdoor space, consider what you want to use the space for. You can turn it into an outdoor relaxation room, an entertainment space or even a fun room for your kids. Knowing how you wish to use your space allows you to find accessories that are both stylish and functional. Take into consideration whether you’ll need privacy or shade from the sun, and select plants accordingly.
- When re-imagining your outdoor space, make sure to de-clutter the area. Get rid of furniture you don’t use or plants that aren’t thriving in the environment. Since space is at a premium, only leave accessories that reflect your personal needs and contribute to the outdoor room’s functionality.
- Paving is a great way to transform a small backyard into a secret retreat. Of course, it’s advisable to be careful when designing your paving. Make sure to stay away from overwhelming geometric patterns as that can make the space feel cramped and small.
- Make the most of your apartment balcony by displaying colorful potted plants. Use hanging baskets or wall pots as they require minimal space and can easily brighten up the area. For additional fun, add shelving to your outdoor wall and place potted plants on that too.
- Want to get a bit more personal and add a touch of rustic? Old bamboo placed inside of a large glazed pot or vase is the perfect way to add personality to the outdoor room without sacrificing space. Rustic furniture also gives a nice touch – check this out for ideas.
- You know that an indoor fireplace is a blessing on those cold winter nights and it provides the perfect ambiance for group gatherings. Fireplaces aren’t just for the indoors, and if you have enough room, an outdoor fireplace is a wonderful addition to your space. Of course, if you don’t have the budget or space for a permanent fireplace, try installing a fire pit– just keep in mind fire safety codes when using!