Since the start of the pandemic, there’s been a definite uptick in interest in ways to make outdoor spaces more useful. And, with summer now upon us, the drive is even higher. If you’ve been thinking of making over your outdoor area to be more of a living area, we at Perfect Fit Window Fashions serving Naples, Florida, have a few considerations to keep in mind. Read on to learn more!
No Two Spaces Are Alike
Each yard and home are different, and each person will have different goals for the space. Some yards get lots of sun while others are very shaded; some people want to entertain, and others just want a quiet escape or a private garden area. Be sure to understand your goals for upping your outdoor living area game—that way, you can make the most of your outdoor makeover dollar and best achieve the look and functionality you want.
Where to Start
No matter your goals, many experts suggest the best way to start is to treat the area the same way you would an interior room—measure the space, graph it out, and plan for the elements you want to involve. For example, if you want to entertain, consider how much seating your space can hold, and be sure the seating you’re considering will fit in the area. If you only have a small area to work with, you’ll need to use the space wisely—but it’s all still doable.
Elements You Might Add
Be aware of how weather might impact your outdoor living space. Too sunny? Maybe add a pergola or sturdy umbrellas. Need air flow? How about a ceiling fan if your space has a roof? Too windy? Consider putting up some sort of barrier—a hedge or a wind wall (which could even incorporate living plants). What about a heating source for those cool evenings or nights? You can find plenty of firepit options or overhead heaters if need be. For hard surfaces, consider an outdoor rug—for beauty, to set the area apart, and for comfort. Storage might be important—you can find furniture that doubles as storage boxes or cleverly disguised wall hangings that can hold your necessaries. If you have a small space to work with, think about adding tiers to make it look larger—a raised plant bed or even large potted plants can give your area an element of bigness. And don’t forget the lighting! If you will use your space in the evening or at night, you’ll appreciate light for safety and to set the mood. Walkway lighting (much of which you can find solar-powered), party lights, or even strings of lights could do just the trick.
Help From Hunter Douglas
Designer screen shades from Hunter Douglas can give you a flexible sun screen, wind screen, and UV ray screen. Plus, they can offer privacy to an area so passersby or neighbors with prying eyes don’t peep into your space. And if your outdoor living area borders your home, you might need to adjust how you think about the window treatments inside too—if you’ve added a shade element outside, maybe you only need privacy protection or something with view-through. Or perhaps simply draperies will do. Either way, if your situation inside has changed because you changed your situation outside, consider upgrading your current window fashions—be sure to speak with one of our consultants for ideas!
Outdoor Living in the Naples, Bonita Springs FL Area
Visit our showroom in Estero, FL, serving the areas of Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples and Ft. Myers. Contact us today for a design consultation– we’re looking forward to serving you!