The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Sanctuary

Designing a lovely outdoor sanctuary will not only boost your home’s value, but it will also provide you with a cosy area where you can relax, sip a cup of hot tea on a chilly night or freshen up with a delicious cocktail on a hot, summer day. When designing your outdoor haven, you need to aim for a functional design that fits the general style of your home. Whether it’s a small patio, spacious wooden deck or a lovely, lush garden, with the right plan, you can easily design your oasis of peacefulness and relaxation.

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Which design suits you?

Before picking a specific style for your outdoor sanctuary, you need to make sure that it fits your home design, as well as the rest of the surroundings. You also need to take the available space into consideration. Namely, if the area designated for your outdoor haven is too small, you won’t be able to use a lot of decorative items typical of a specific design style.
If you don’t really have an eye for aesthetics, you should seek professional help to avoid designing a kitschy or aesthetically disharmonious look.

Make it functional

A simple, functional design will enable you to enjoy your outdoor haven without feeling cramped or constrained. No sanctuary is complete without a cosy sitting area. Make sure to pick durable, high-quality materials resistant to unfavourable weather conditions. You can check out The Furniture Shack outdoor dining furniture set that will turn every outdoor space into a lovely sanctuary.

Since you’ll entertain your guests here, you should also consider installing a grill and designing a bar. This way, you’ll have a functional outdoor space where everything is within your reach and where you can spend time with your family and friends.

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Shade your patio

By shading your outdoor space, not only will you protect yourself from excessive sun exposure, but you’ll also be able to spend rainy days outside instead hiding inside. Depending on your personal preferences, as well as the general design, you have different options when it comes to shading your patio or garden. You can install a beautiful wooden pergola or opt for stylish baldachins. If you hang intricately design curtains, you’ll elevate the design of your outdoor sanctuary and give it more privacy.

Introduce statement pieces

Introducing enticing decorative details will give your outdoor sanctuary a stunning visual appeal. You should carefully choose items that will add up to the atmosphere of your lovely haven. From throw pillows and blankets, to candles, lamps and string lights, you have plenty of options to express your creativity and give your outdoor sanctuary your personal touch by introducing authentic items. While you can liven up your small outdoor space with unique accessories, a statement piece, such as a fireplace, fire pit or a stunning fountain, will work as an enchanting focal point in your spacious garden.


Choose some lovely plants

When you think of outdoor plants, you usually consider them to be mesmerising decorative elements. However, they are much more than that. Before choosing your outdoor plants, think about whether you’ll have time to take care of them regularly. No one wants withered plants in their backyard. If you have green fingers, you’ll be able to create a beautiful garden for your outdoor sanctuary. You can use plants as your living fence to give your haven more privacy. Vertical gardens are always a great solution for small spaces.

Keep it clean

Cleaning and maintaining your yard is more difficult than cleaning your home. Nonetheless, you need to clean it regularly in order to be able to truly enjoy it. You can add a lovely cupboard where you’ll keep your cleaning supplies. You should find out how to clean your outdoor pieces properly to ensure their durability. In addition, you can always make your own cleaning solution using non-toxic, healthy ingredients, that won’t damage your outdoor furniture.

Designing your outdoor sanctuary will be simple and exciting as long as you have the right plan. Afterwards, you can admire your lovely outdoor haven with your friends and family.

Lana Hawkins

Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that's where she gets most of her inspiration.

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