There is one spot that is often overlooked when searching for more living space – the outdoors. Backyards aren’t just a place for swing sets and barbeques anymore. Today, more people are treating their backyards like another room. Whether you want an inviting, entertainment area, a private retreat or simply a spot for basking in the sun or stargazing, your patio can easily be transformed to perfectly suit your needs and desires.
A porch or patio, surrounded by nature is the perfect setting for sharing with family and friends – or to simply relax quietly. Just like the interior of your home, your exterior decorating and arrangement will be as individual as you are, where you can showcase your own style and preferences. Here are a few simple, ideas that will give your outdoor space a feeling of welcome and beauty all its own.
Choose a theme that reminds you of a favorite setting or vacation destination to create a sense of flow and unity – an island setting, a mountain chalet, an Italian village, botanical gardens – whatever appeals to your senses.
• A variety of colorful plants in the ground, pots, railing and window boxes, hanging baskets or a variety of interesting containers such as wagons, wooden or metal boxes, and old boots. Your only limit is your imagination!