Adding living space to any home takes creativity and fortitude when the square footage within the home is limited. Add additional living space to an existing home by creating a pleasant and comfortable outdoor room. Either build or turn an existing patio into a comfortable living space that adds warmth and character to your home.
Patios encompass outdoor areas that are concreted, decked or paved. Wooden decks most commonly have a hand railing around the outside to delineate the space. Concrete slabs and paved areas most generally are entirely open. The solid floor allows for easy clean-up and the ability to place furniture without it rocking on uneven ground. Simple additions to the patio area create a warm and inviting environment.
Decorating ideas for an outdoor living space begin with viewing and reflecting on the area. Determine areas for decorating such as empty corners, table tops, wall space (on the house) and floor space. Think about things you already have in the house that could help spruce up the area. This will save on expense and help the environment by going green and reusing other items.
Add a touch of flare to the patio tables by adding pots of flowers or herbs, candles, baskets and placemats or table linens. Set the stage by anchoring your table to the floor with a weather resistant rug. Hand-woven sea grass or grass rugs make excellent floor coverings and promote a health green environment.
Ambient light is always nice when enjoying an outdoor room at night. String patio lights around a table umbrella, across the top of a deck railing or by adding solar post caps to the deck posts. The soft glow of the light adds a touch of romance to the area.
Many patio areas are exposed to the neighbors or adjoining streets. Create a sense of privacy by placing one, two or three freestanding folding screens in strategic places along the perimeter of the area. Screens with neutral colored cloth or natural grasses help to make the screen an extension of the area and create a warm, pleasing wall. Bright, bold screens make a statement and add a sense of joviality to a gathering.
Place coordinating pillows and blankets on patio chairs, sofas and gliders. Add pots of flowers, herbs or small trees to the corners to add color, texture and depth. Add a standing heater to one corner to use on those cool nights.
When entertaining, make sure to place plenty of finger food on the main table and coffee tables throughout the area. Place the drinks in a large plastic or metal wash tube filled with ice. This adds a splash of fun and creativity. Whatever you decide to do to add warmth to an outdoor living space, remember to enjoy and have fun!