We’re all looking for ways to expand our spaces, add serenity, and enjoy the calm of nature. The only question is…what’s the best way to achieve our aims?
In recent years, the options for outside living have radically expanded. Let’s look at ways you can use these new options to create a serene, natural, and extended living space for your property.
Outside Living Space
While we often think of bringing the outside inside…let’s flip the coin.
Living large in our outside spaces is a great way to expand our home zone. We aren’t limited by the definitions of four walls. We don’t have to feel stuck inside…not when we can flow from room to room, dissolving the invisible separations between indoors and out.
The biggest trend for outside space is outdoor dining. And, specifically, creating outdoor kitchens to help you eat outside as often as possible. If you’re thinking about outdoor kitchens in a nearby garden or patio, even the idea makes a smile pop onto your face.
Cooking and Dining Al Fresco
Cooking a meal, and eating it in open air is a wonderful way to create a relaxing and calming environment.
Our climate in the South makes this idea even more inviting. We don’t usually deal with heavy storms, snow, ice, and sleet that northern countries have to manage. We have mild winters, and often use our patios as our most lived in space.
Cooking outside has grown as a hot trend. It’s taking off in all kinds of ways that go way beyond the simple backyard BBQ of our parents or grandparents. These days, we’re seeing more and more houses, town homes, and condos with extensive kitchens, complete with outdoor kitchen cabinets.
These kitchens offer access, convenience, and easy living. You won’t have to run back and forth to the inside to grab a bottle of oil or a cutting knife. Everything you need to prepare and enjoy a delicious meal is accessible and at your fingertips.
Partaking in Nature
In many ways, this increasing trend for outdoor dining is a practical way to be in nature. We have beauty all around us—in the form of gardens, patios, or pools. Eating outside is both a practical and beautiful way to enjoy the natural landscape as part of daily life.
Planning For Relating
Much like our interiors, it helps to look at the flow of a space in terms of inviting relationships. What kind of events, gatherings, and conversations are we envisioning? By thinking ahead, we can plan the space accordingly.
Are you looking to have large social events and gatherings? Are you envisioning private pool parties and delicate canapés? Are you thinking of children running around and making sure everything is made to withstand tossing, throwing, and breaking?
Perhaps you’re looking ahead to birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and family gatherings. Having an outdoor setting that accommodates intimate gatherings as well as expanding for extended family is a great way to prepare for the future.
Whatever your personal criteria, creating an outside living, eating, dining, and playing space is a smart idea.
Starting Where You Are
If you are looking to get started, think about making some small moves in the direction of outside dining. Many health experts agree that spending time in nature is good to reduce stress, improve a sense of calm. Being in nature is a great way to connect with family and friends.
If you’ve got a moment, you don’t even have to wait for company. Enjoy sitting on your patio, having a bit of refreshment. Whether it’s your morning coffee or an evening beverage, sitting in a garden or by the pool is tremendously calming.
Enjoying The Shade
In outside decorating, think about the mood and emotions you want to evoke.
Many people feel at ease in an environment that reminds them of the Mediterranean. Just seeing pictures of olive trees and citrus trees creates a feeling of relaxation.
As you’re considering what to plant, look for trees that work in your climate and growing region.
Use your imagination and create a space that invites conversation, relaxation, and serenity. By expanding your living, eating, and cooking zone to the outside, you can gain additional pleasure and use your home to the fullest.