In a time when casual trips outside can result in contracting and spreading the coronavirus disease, having an outdoor space you can retreat to when you’re tired of being stuck inside is highly valuable. Apart from giving you a chance to breathe in the fresh air, spending time outside can give your mental health a boost.
But it’s not enough to simply have an outdoor space. Your balcony or yard has so much potential to be something beautiful and functional if you know what to do. Below, we share ideas on how you can maximize the potential of different outdoor spaces and create a true outdoor retreat.
If you have a yard or a garden
When it comes to outdoor spaces, the yard is probably the most coveted. Whether you have a big or small yard, there are plenty of things you can do to make the area work for you.
For one, you have enough space for a variety of plants. If your yard is spacious, you might want to enlist the help of a landscaping company. But if you think you can tackle the yard on your own, then you have a plethora of plants to choose from. Just make sure the ones you plant in your yard fit the climate in your area.
Then, you can set up space for weekend cookouts and entertaining guests (once it’s safe, of course), or you can opt for a more serene retreat with only a few comfortable chairs and a table for snacks and drinks.
If you have a porch
If your home has a porch, you’re lucky. Usually, porches have enough space to put a few pieces of décor and furniture to create an outdoor retreat.
If you live somewhere warm, installing a ceiling fan is the first step to utilizing your porch. That helps with the airflow and keeps you cooler. With that setup, you can place a couch and a couple of throw pillows. Just remember to use materials that are fit for outdoor use and can ensure the elements. For a more classic porch, you can replace the couch with a porch swing instead. Then, place a coffee table so you can enjoy fresh lemonade or iced tea during hot summer days or kick back and enjoy a bottle of beer after dinner.
If you have a balcony
The balcony is often overlooked, probably because it’s one of the smallest outdoor spaces. But if it’s the only outdoor space you have in your property, it’s essential to make the most of it.
Create a sweet escape by adding plants on your balcony. You can opt for a couple of potted plants such as boxwoods and fountain grass or go for coral bells for a pop of bright color. If you want to save floor space, hang planters of ivy geranium or petunias on your balcony railing.
If your balcony space allows, you can add a comfortable sofa or padded bench. If your balcony is on the smaller side, place a small table and a chair with a backrest are enough to let you kick back and relax.
With these decorating ideas, you can elevate your outdoor spaces and create an area to retreat to after being stuck indoors for hours or days on end.