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As we enter into the winter months in Florida, now is the perfect time to take advantage of outdoor spaces. Making a comfortable, inviting outdoor space that can become extension of your home will give you more room to entertain family and friends, relax and savor a cup of coffee, or unwind and read a book. Whether you have a deck, screened in porch, or patio, following the tips below will help you make your outdoor room you favorite retreat.
Begin by defining the visual borders of your outdoor room. You can use awnings, outdoor furniture or trellises. Shutters, curtains, decorative planters, and pergolas are also excellent ways to define the space and add decorative elements at the same time. There are many simple solutions for turning a drab outdoor area into a welcoming place for your family and friends to enjoy.
Adding or changing lighting is an easy way to make a big impact. Your space and style will determine how you do this. String lights work in smaller patios, if you need more light a floor lamp or hanging lantern might be a better option.
Perhaps the most important element of your outdoor room is the seating. Outdoor furniture must stand up to the elements, with solid construction and waterproof fabrics. For example, theBlack Sands Outdoor Dining Set by Tommy Bahama features cast aluminum finished in a deep umber with soft gold undertones. The chair cushions are constructed of durable weatherproof fabric that gives you years of enjoyment.
An area rug will help you dress up your outdoor living space—choose carefully, since an area rug can become the foundation of your space. You can set the mood with colors and patterns. And remember to think about wear and tear when you choose patterns and fabric, especially if your outdoor space will handle a lot of foot traffic from children and pets.
Now that you have your main area planned out, think about some intimate seating areas in out of the way places. This Swivel Rocker Lounge Chair and Ottoman, also a from the Black Sands collection by Tommy Bahama provides cozy seating for when you want to relax with a cup of coffee or a good book.
Find unique and decorative planters to show off your beautiful hanging plants. Mismatched pots or repurposed items such as a broken wheelbarrow, an old tire, or a bird bath add a touch of whimsy and keep your patio from looking overly designed. Metal urns and reclaimed items can also make excellent planters to bring nature into your outdoor space.
Adding a water feature brings in a note of tranquility and works well in any size outdoor living spaces. You can create your own a garden fountain out of a gorgeous container and irrigation tools found at any garden center.
Stop by the Baer’s showroom near you to see the entire Tommy Bahama Black Sands collection.
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