Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Outdoor areas in residential homes, such as the lanai, backyard, gazebo or poolside areas, are often the afterthought in the decorating process. This should not always be the case though, particularly if you’re the type who likes spending time outdoors, having garden parties, or just simply enjoying a nice cup of tea in your backyard.
First of all, consider your landscape design. Is it a minimalist zen garden with rocks and a koi pond or a romantic English garden with roses and topiaries? The look of your outdoor setup should match that of your landscaping. Consider also your home’s interiors. It’s important to have a seamless transition from your indoor to your outdoor space.
Establish your needs and wants for the space at hand. If you have a penchant for entertaining, you might want a full dining area in your backyard, especially if this space is near your kitchen and formal dining area.
Remember also that as an outdoor space, your backyard can probably be seen from your neighbor’s house. In considering your privacy, use tall decorative elements to block your backyard from your neighbor’s view. You may use trellises, tall plants or decorative fencing.
Don’t forget the lighting. Pick out a fixture that will emit a nice ambiance and fit for your backyard style. Be sure to provide enough lighting to light up the space at night. Aside from the obvious function of lighting, it can also add visual appeal when it’s not in use during the day.
Your backyard may have a roof that protects it from the elements, be partially covered, or completely bare under the sun. Consider the possible discomfort of lounging under the sun and the inconvenience of sudden rain pour. Bring in huge umbrellas to address these concerns. - Aislinn Kee