It’s time for the backyard to shine. Summer is a chance to really use your outside space to expand your living footprint. Here’s how to achieve an outdoor room that is distinctive and totally you. Owner and interior designer, Katherine Snedeker, has five tips to help with your great outdoors.
1. Don’t Block the View
Make sure to take advantage of the setting around you. Keep sitting areas open. Don’t block the scenery from inside your home with chairs or sofas. Include some of the natural elements of your view when you orient your outdoor furniture.
2. Work with What You Have
Build around the elements you have in your outdoor area. If you have a round fire pit, use curved sofas to enhance the gathering space. If you are working with straight lines, think about placing a piece or two diagonally. This gives your space a welcoming feeling and invites you to sit down.
3. Make Sure There’s Enough Seating
Maintaining intimacy can be a challenge in any space—outdoors or in. Try slightly “crowding” your furniture to create a feeling of intimacy and sharing. Oversized pieces have the ability to close gaps in your layout.
4. Choose the Best Materials for Your Outdoors
Wood, stone, and metal are the best materials for outdoor rooms. These finishes have all come a long way. They are low to no maintenance, high tech finishes that allow for longer durability. The better the material the better the look.
5. Don’t Forget the Accessories
Pillows, carved stones, heavy pots, and even carved fish will make any room look interesting and engaging. Don’t be afraid to mix in unexpected items like onyx horn toads.