Winter is the perfect time to begin redesigning the home’s outdoor living space. A person has plenty of time when it is cold outside to devote to this project. How should they go about gauging space dimensions before purchasing new items for the patio?

Create Sections

One mistake many people make is viewing their landscape as a whole. When looking for new patio furniture, divide the landscape into sections.

Not only will this make the outdoor space more useful and functional, but it will also make it easier to determine which pieces to buy. The dimensions of the designated seating or dining area will be known, so the process of choosing items that will fill a space without overwhelming it becomes easier.

If the area is small, consider investing in pieces that serve multiple purposes. Benches are a good example of functional furniture. They can be used for seating, ottomans, accent tables, and more.

Choose Pieces with Personality

Outdoor furnishings should serve as an extension of the indoor decor. Keep this in mind when choosing items and ensure they reflect the personality of the home’s occupants. Many people view the outdoor living areas as completely separate from the interior of the home, but they shouldn’t be.

Backyards are now being used for entertaining more than ever before. They represent the life of those living in the home, and the furnishings should reflect this. Choose items that are comfortable and share information about those who reside on the property.

Traffic Flow

When choosing items for the outdoor living space, consider the flow of traffic. Nobody wants to be tripping over things when they are outdoors, particularly when the area is used at night or children live on the property and use the space.

Choose items that fit the space, using the above tip to create sections, and ensure there is ample light to see the furnishings clearly. Nobody wants to have a fun night with friends ruined by a trip to the hospital. By choosing furnishings that fit the space and providing lots of light, the property owner can reduce the risk of this happening.

Accessorize with Bold Colors

When small pieces must be used in an outdoor living area, a person might feel as if the space will be bland. They worry that they won’t be able to spruce up the area, as their options are limited. An easy way to do so is to accessorize with bold colors.

These colors will add flair to even the smallest of outdoor living areas. They can also be changed regularly to ensure the area always has a fresh look. Choose a rug in a bright color or add some throw pillows in vibrant shades. With the right accessories, anyone can dress up an outdoor living area regardless of how big or small it is.

Keep It Simple

One thing to keep in mind when decorating an outdoor area is nature serves as the backdrop for this space. By keeping the furnishings simple, the focus can remain on the beauty of the surroundings. The furnishings take on less importance when a person remembers this, and they won’t lament the lack of space in the outdoor living area when they have a gorgeous vista surrounding them.

The right outdoor living area design adds value to a property. However, it only does so when the furnishings fit the space. Keep this in mind when choosing furnishings to ensure they fit the designated area. Those who do so find they have an outdoor area they love and want to use regularly.

Samuel Brown

Samuel Brown is an Auburn University graduate with a Furniture Design degree who has been an authority in furniture craftsmanship and design for 20 years. His prior experience includes working as a furniture designer and a lecturer. His background includes roles in product development for furniture brands and design consulting. In his leisure time, he is an amazing sculptor and a volunteer in community art projects. He enjoys antique restoration and participates in local design exhibitions.

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