Here in the Pacific NW, where it seems to rain more often than not, sunshine is a hot commodity. This fuels the need to get outside and celebrate when that nice weather hits and there is no better way to do this than to make an outdoor space that you really enjoy!
Of course, a little rain shouldn't keep you from making the most of what lies right out your back door. Here are a few tips on how to create a comfortable and inviting space outside that you can make use of, rain or shine!
Think about what's over your head. Covering your patio or deck can extend it's use, that way you can still use your outdoor space when the weather is wet or the sun is blazing. Plus, it can help protect any pieces you decide to put outside.
Choose things that are designed to live outside. Make sure any cushions are upholstered with weather resistant materials and that you regularly maintain them to keep any mildew at bay. It's always helpful if the cushions can be removed and placed in a safe, dry place when not in regular use. Just because it is meant for the outdoors does not mean it won't still need some TLC.
Fire! Some type of contained fire, such as a fire pit, can make your space much more cozy and allow you extend the time you spend out there. Rainy days and cool nights are always better next to a fire, especially with a great blanket or throw.
Let there be light. Over head lighting will make it much easier to utilize outdoor space. Something as simple as a couple of strings of cafe lights can really change the ambiance and make you more likely to stay out after the sun goes down. This article from Better Homes & Gardens on Functional Outdoor Spaces is a great read too!
Hiring an interior designer does not mean that only the inside spaces are fair game. So speak to a local designer to have them help you transform your outdoor space into something you truly love!