Finding the time to give love and attention to all of your spaces at home, can feel unrealistic and an over daunting task for many. And because of this “Outdoor Spaces” are one of those areas often overlooked. I totally understand why this happens and why it can seem like hard work so let’s break down those key styling – elements in order to “nail the look of your outdoor space at home”. That said, here are seven simple ways to give your space a quick zoosh and makeover.
Tip: Get to know the colours you warm to via paint samples cards and test pots. Blue tack sample cards to the wall and evaluate colour tones at varying times of the day to see how they change in the light.
Tip: I usually bring my cushions indoors each day so that they do not spoil care of the great outdoors but they can also easily be stored or covered in storage if need be, by using baskets, wood boxes and drop sheets.
Floor space: Think about how you can improve and like your floor space more. Does it need a rug?
Tip: Rugs are great because they hide a multitude of imperfections along with ugly flooring. Rugs also help define a space and add warmth and texture. A rug will also help ground your furniture, to avoid that floating/ unfinished look.
Mid-range: This area is where we can easily and inexpensively go crazy with colour, pattern, textures and varying shapes through cushions, throws and accessories. Remember that you don’t need to have too many stars in the show as light and shade are important on a detailed level too.
Tip: Your empty and less important areas will always play an important role in achieving a balanced space. The varying heights of your decor items also add interest, tall things placed next to short items are a great match.
The overhead region: When outdoors, think of this area in terms of giving it love, light and interest. This need not always be an expensive pendant light or artefact, sometimes the humble hanging planter with a beautifully textured or coloured pot with an interesting plant will suffice.
▪ 5. Mix your old with your new: Don’t rush out and buy all new accessories in order to make over your space. Think of your old things as being the objects that add soul and your new items as giving your space a modern style edge.
Tip: Pops of colour, varying textures and mixing your accessories are great ways to help blend eras.
▪ 6. Mix your shapes: I’m always chit-chatting about the importance of this one because it’s one of the most common decor/ design mistakes I see in homes. Thankfully it is usually one of the most easily fixed too! A room where the furniture and accessories are all the same shape will appear overcrowded, impractical and just kind of wrong. A variety of shapes within a space will help improve the functionality and overall look of a space immediately.
Tip: Don’t have too many decor items that are rectangles, think round, oval or some other geometrical shape to achieve spatial balance.
▪ 7. Add Plants: Lastly adding plant life and greenery helps your outdoor space blend with your surroundings more organically. It also adds interesting shapes and textures to enhance the wow factor.
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