For even the most experienced home decorators, creating a well-thought-out outdoor space can present a challenge. It is an undefined space with no hard boundaries or walls. Outdoor spaces are needed not only for relaxation and spending time with your family but also for mind and body rejuvenation.
Your outdoor space is your personal oasis, your additional space for relaxing and enjoying with family and friends. Be it a sprawling patio or an apartment balcony, a little planning, the right furniture and accessories and some mindful arrangement can turn your outdoor space into a seamless extension of your house.
Read on to learn how to design the ultimate outdoor space
1. Objective – Before you start designing your outdoor space, it is important to assess the purpose of the space. Think about the current use of the space and how would you like to use it in the future. What do you want to use it the most for? Are you going to host a lot of dinner parties or BBQs? Do you want to entertain your guests outdoors? Are you looking for a space to relax and unwind? Do you need your space to be pet friendly? Answers to such questions will help you design a more functional space for yourself.
2. Layout – When designing an outdoor space, plan for the navigation through the space and access to it from your home. Your outdoor area should have a functional connection to the indoors of your house. Once you know how you would like to establish this flow, you can bring in patterns by creating walkways, paths etc.
3. Consider nature - Does your house receive a lot of sun or is it typically shady? Knowing how the sun hits your house will be important in planning the outdoor space. Similarly, analyse the kind of weather you are going to witness across the year. North and east-facing spaces are unusable in winters. Make note of the prevailing wind directions. Some areas can be calm in the mornings but witness a regular evening breeze.