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Outdoors are so ‘in’ these days! People are now moving out of their living rooms to outdoor areas to entertain their guests or to simply relax. Outdoor patio is the latest place to spend quality time with friends and family on a relaxed afternoon or to catch an early breakfast amidst calmness and serenity. Thus, special planning and attention is needed to choose outdoor lighting, outdoor seating, outdoor carpets and other such products which will make it a classic sit-out. more

Outdoors are so ‘in’ these days! People are now moving out of their living rooms to outdoor areas to entertain their guests or to simply relax. Outdoor patio is the latest place to spend quality time with friends and family on a relaxed afternoon or to catch an early breakfast amidst calmness and serenity. Thus, special planning and attention is needed to choose outdoor lighting, outdoor seating, outdoor carpets and other such products which will make it a classic sit-out.

There are different aspects which can really transform a boring outdoor space into an interesting space.
 

Outdoor lighting-

Some of the popular forms are:

  • Path lighting: For walkaways and paths
  • Down lighting: For elevated locations, this type of lighting mimics moonlight.
  • Lanterns: To give an old world charm and also shows your personal style. Solar powered lanterns can recharge themselves during daytime and can cut down electricity costs.
  • Flood lights: These are used to illuminate the best feature of your garden like fountain or a tree.
  • Shadow lighting: It is installed on the ground and the light is pointed upwards toward the surface to cast a shadow on an object behind it.
  • Lamp posts: These are used to mark the beginning of driveway or the front walkway.
  • Deck lights: These are installed at the outside stairs or the outdoor decks at the front steps or sides of the wall.

 

Outdoor seating-

Common furniture types are:

  • Rustic benches
  • Folding garden chairs
  • Settees
  • Cushioned couches
  • Loveseats
  • Loungers
  • Ottomans
  • Hammocks
  • Gliders
  • Bistro set
  • Daybed
  • Gazebos

 

Best material for outdoor furniture-

  • Plastic: It is durable but gets stained and color faints in time.
  • Wrought iron: It is strong but it needs regular maintenance
  • Aluminium: Powder coated aluminium furniture will not rust easily and is resistant to scratches
  • Wood: Best is teakwood, cedar, mahogany, Oakwood and redwood. Wooden furniture should be painted to make it more weather friendly. Bamboo and Rattan furniture are very light and easy to maintain. 

 

Gazebos-

A screened Gazebo in the backyard is an excellent idea to keep the bugs away while you soak the sun rays. These can be freestanding or attached to the garden wall as per requirement. Some of the common material for Gazebos is wood, metal, aluminium, steel, canvas and polyester.
 

Outdoor Carpets-

Outdoor carpet is designed to be more resistant to elements while cushioning one’s feet from concrete, rocks and other hard surfaces. It should be easy to clean and stain resistant if it is to be constantly used by kids and pets.
 

Carpet material-

  • Acrylic carpet: It gets wet but dries quickly. It is lightweight but not soft.
  • Bamboo carpet: It is durable but can be destroyed if exposed too much to moisture 

 

Outdoor living space tips-

  • Create a spacious outdoor kitchen with steel fittings
  • Create a walk away with hanging vines
  • Rattan furniture creates a relaxed outdoor space
  • Drum shaped side tables with the outdoor furniture give a contemporary look
  • Add a swinging day bed on the back porch to create a reading place
  • Use  a concrete table top for weather sturdy furniture
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