Having a private outdoor space to host friends and relax is a huge asset, whether you’re a city dweller or a rural resident. A tiny balcony can be just as inviting as a massive yard and pool if you know how to enhance this space; the way you use the space makes all the difference.
Read on for five simple ways to take any space from meh to amazing.
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1. Outdoor Blinds
This one may seem counterintuitive — most of us are looking for sunshine when we venture into the great outdoors. But according to designoutdoorblinds.com.au, a set of outdoor blinds will make your space more available in all kinds of weather and seasons.
Blinds add additional protection from wind and rain, not to mention any direct sunlight you don’t want in your eyes. They can offer insulation to keep in warmth or cooling protection from the hot summer sun.
Blinds also offer an added level of privacy if you live close to any nosy neighbors!
2. Flora and Fauna
You will need plenty of greenery to make an outdoor space feel connected to nature. Never underestimate the joy a few plants can bring to any space!
Add a few dashes of color with a small garden, or make your own mini oasis by layering plants, shortest in the front, tallest in the back, to create a green wall. Remember that you don’t need a yard of fertile soil to grow plants! A few large planters can go a long way.
If you’ve never been able to hone a green thumb for yourself, a few faux plants can also do the job. The market for fake foliage has really stepped up his game — your visitors might not even notice the difference!
3. Water Features
If you’re feeling adventurous, a water feature can make your outdoor space a tranquil hideaway. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it can also drown any unwanted noise from neighbors or busy streets!
This might seem like a task that requires a plumbing expert, but a simple water pump and a couple of pots can be transformed into a bubbling fountain if you’re willing to watch YouTube DIY tutorials! There are also some surprisingly affordable options online — no assembly required.
4. Fire and Warmth
If there’s water, you’ve got to balance it out with fire! A fire pit allows your outdoor space to transition from warm day to cool night and still be an inviting space for guests.
You’ll need to know the fire regulations in your town or city, but even if you aren’t allowed to have a full-on fire pit in your space, you could look into the wide array of portable electric fireplaces taking over the market. The same warm, cozy effect of a fire can also be achieved on a budget with a few lanterns, candles, hanging lights, and an outdoor heater or two for warmth in the cooler months!
5. For the Birds
Make some feathered friends and turn your outdoor space into a mini bird haven! A birdhouse or even some strategically placed seed can attract all kinds of warblers to make your space feel like a real nature escape. They’re truly excited to watch! You might find yourself starting a new hobby and picking up bird calls.
No matter the size or setting of your outdoor area, you can create a homey extension of your dwelling with just a few key elements. Start enjoying the great outdoors from the comfort of your backyard today!