Living on the Outside
May 30, 2018
Outdoor living is one of the best parts of the summer, but its often a struggle for people to transition their living style from inside the home to out. Of course you’d prefer your home’s overall style to flow consistently from one space to the next, but the uses of outdoor space can vary greatly from what you do indoors. This often leads to a function versus fashion dilemma outside. We believe you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other; you just have to understand your goals for the space and how to incorporate your individual style in a way that makes sense.
So what is your outdoor style? Do you dream of a cozy oasis to kick back and relax? Or is your patio a play space for the whole family? Here are a few ways to make your yard work for you.
So you love all things blooming and blossoming and green. How do you balance that with the natural foliage around you and not feel like you’re trapped in the jungle? A cohesive framework here is key. Keeping your plants organized in planters or pots lets you be creative with your styling and also group together plants that may not naturally grow side by side. Depending on the amount of sun and wind your patio receives, this approach offers the flexibility to move your plants around, or even bring them indoors if needed. Check out this beautiful patio with gorgeous mixed tones of gray, black, brown and white. These neutral and natural color tones allow the greenery to really pop!
Modern and minimal style is often hard for people to incorporate into an outdoor space. It’s as though some view this aesthetic as competing against the unruly and unmanicured quality of nature. An easy way to reconcile this is to stick to a simple color palette and natural materials such as wood and stone. This patio does a great job of creating a clean and restrained oasis which allows the beauty of the surrounding landscape to stand out.
Does it feel like your yard belongs to your children? Are toys, balls and bikes littered all over the place? This scenario, for many parents, is all too relatable as kids’ have the tendency to take over any space they occupy. The solution here is the good old, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality. Organization is now your best friend. Create activity centres for little ones and group toys that are designed for similar activities together. This way, everything has its place and the yard can work for the whole family.