Embrace the Great Outdoors

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin taking full advantage of your property's outdoor space. Whether it's just a small balcony or a sprawling backyard, there are steps you can take to create more living space while enjoying the relaxation of the great outdoors.

Here are some great ways to get an early start!

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START WITH A SPRING CLEANING

A good scrub can brighten even the dingiest of balcony floors, wooden decks, and patio stones. Rinse down any outdoor furniture. Give your barbecue or fire pit a thorough brushing. Get a head start on your gardening.

Anything you can do to breathe fresh life into your outdoor space will get you outside and enjoying it even sooner.

FOCUS ON YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES

If your family enjoys eating outside, create the perfect space to do that. Ensure you have enough durable outdoor furniture to comfortably seat the entire family. Then work on creating the atmosphere your family enjoys most. Outdoor decor can be just as rewarding as interior design – choose accent pieces and colours that bring you joy, whether it's just placemats or metal wall art to hang on a backyard fence.

Many people's favourite thing to do in an outdoor space is simply relax, and maybe read a book. Even on a small balcony, you can create a comfortable reading nook. All you really need is a comfortable outdoor chair, optional shade, and a durable end table for books or refreshments.

However you use your outdoor space, there are two things you should never forget – lighting and warmth. There are countless lighting options for outdoor spaces that can really help set the right mood. You will also appreciate having something warm and cozy on hand, such as throw pillows and blankets, for those late summer nights when the evenings can get a little cooler.

BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

To experience the full effect of your increased living space, the best trick is to bring a little of the outdoors inside. You want to blur the transition between the two.

For example, in a small apartment, you could display houseplants on attractive accent furniture just inside the patio doors with a larger potted plant on the balcony just outside. In a larger home, you could update your window coverings. Replace heavy living room drapery with light and airy fabrics. Likewise, blinds can protect against the sun while still giving a great view of the outdoors.

Another great tip is to use more natural materials and textures. Stone and wooden accents with a natural finish can be just as effective as flowers and vibrant, colourful wall art. Whatever makes you think of summer fun, try to find a way to bring a taste of that inside your home as well.

At Buy The Yard Interiors, we can help you make the most of all your living space, including your personal piece of the great outdoors. Make the most of this summer by contacting us via email or phone and we will schedule an appointment.