You’ve watched the commercials on TV where homeowners are creating water parks in their backyards with hoses and sprinklers, where camping close to home is pitching a tent in the backyard and pretending you are miles away from civilization. These are all creative ways to make the fun last when the money doesn’t. The “staycation” is a popular trend during this economy crisis and homeowners are making the most of it. They are staying close to home and creating relaxing and very functional outdoor living areas within the confines of the backyard. These spaces include outdoor kitchens, beautiful living and seating spaces, fireplaces and basically the attitude that if you can make it happen indoors, why not recreate it outdoors for added relaxation.
There are unbelievable choices when it comes to outdoor furnishings. No more do you have to settle with sticking to the plastic lawn chairs and toasting your skin when the sun is hot as you sit down on that metal chair. Today’s selection of lounge chairs, sofas, and other furniture pieces transform your outdoor area into one that equals the decorative style of your interior.
There are so many bright colorful fabrics available on the market today that accent your furniture and can withstand the harsh outdoor weather. Many of the fabrics and accessories are available in oranges, yellows, turquoise, green and basically any color palette or pattern you chose. Outdoor rugs are a great example of a popular accent and when placed under furniture creates a warm, casual feel to the sitting space. Trendy accessories include decorative lighting, artwork, tables and vases. The more traditional throw pillows, plants, flowers and candles that when placed within your outside living space instantly transforms it into a relaxing area that you and your guests are sure to enjoy.
If you can fit a flat screen television into your budget and strategically place it in a protected outdoor space it will hopefully get those couch potatoes outside to enjoy the fresh air.
Outdoor Kitchens Are Still Very Popular
Many of us don’t have dream kitchens or open floor plans that offer the possibility of a dream kitchen. But, the possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor kitchens. You need to access what you want from the space and then build a kitchen that meets your families’ needs. You can add onto an existing space that has been used for years and just needs a facelift or you can get into greater detail and build that dream kitchen.
If you love to cook outdoors you need to invest in a quality barbeque grill. It can be on wheels or you can build it into your plan. Many built-in units also include stoves, ovens and burners so the entire meal can be cooked and kept warm until you are ready to serve. If you are more of a hot dog on a stick type of chef, the outdoor fire pit may be your choice and with seating placed around it, you can use it well into the cooler seasons.
Other than fire options, your outdoor kitchen can also include refrigerators, sinks, and outdoor bars that complete the entertaining ensemble and will have your home ready for any type of party.
Tips for a Great Outdoor Space
- You need to make the space enjoyable in any type of weather. If you live in a warm, humid climate make sure you use portable fans or outdoor ceiling fans if your space allows. This will keep the air moving and will keep bugs from settling in and scaring off your guests.
- Some of us like the sun and some of us like the shade. Make sure your seating arrangement allows comfort no matter what the preference is.
- Get Cooking! Create an outdoor kitchen that people will want to become involved in. If you design a built-in grill or outdoor oven, make a brick pizza oven. The kids will get a kick out of making their own pizzas and watching them cook right before their eyes.
- Tranquility. Add a simple water fountain from a table fountain to an elaborate Koi pond and suddenly relaxation is taken to a new height.
Whether you choose one or all of these great outdoor living trends, your backyard space will become more inviting, and comfortable; a place where all ages will want to gather and enjoy time together. Select some design ideas mentioned above for style and others for family enjoyment and you will create the perfect combination for memorable staycations all throughout the year!
No matter how you transform your backyard space with these great outdoor living trends, it is sure to be a place that everyone will enjoy. It is an extension of your home so make it an area that is inviting and comfortable for everyone. You will be the envy of your neighbors and friends when they ask, “What did you do this weekend?” and you reply, “ I went on a “staycation” in my backyard!Pin It