Starting with a clean slate when planning an outdoor living project can be intimidating – Where do I start? What do I want? How do I make this a space I want to be in? The planning process can be even more intimidating when you have a large outdoor space but want a modest, intimate patio. To design a warm, welcoming outdoor space focus on choosing the right colors, creating a focal point, and adding personal touches with accessories.
Paver Colors Make All the Difference
The best advice to follow when selecting patio pavers is to choose colors that work in harmony with your home environment. To make your space feel more intimate, choose darker tones which absorb light and make areas appear smaller.
For more tips on color, come back next week when we discuss adding color and texture to your outdoor room through hardscapes.
Create a Focal Point
The problem with large, unorganized outdoor spaces is that your eye doesn’t know where to look first. Creating a seating area welcomes guests in and directs them where to go. Add additional interest and focus with a fireplace or fire pit, not only will it be a beautiful conversation starter, but it will keep you warm into the evening on chilly nights.
Nothing makes a space more intimate than adding your own personal touches through accessories. Add a pop of color with your favorite throw pillows and blankets. Candle light adds another level of intimacy and warmth. Bright green plants pair beautifully with pavers. Be creative and make your outdoor space yours!
The pavers are great for creating patios and walkways. Solar lighting should be considered to allow you to enjoy your outdoor area after dark and the fire pits or patio heaters will let you extend the outdoor season. Make sure to shop around for the best patio furniture. Choose something that is comfortable and stylish.
Thank you for sharing your view on how to make our outdoor space feel intimate. My husband and I are planning on having a patio in the backyard built in the next couple of months. We are excited to redo our backyard because it just isn’t very nice. I’m not exactly sure what colors I want to choose, but I like the idea you gave about darker tones. I love the picture on your website because I really want a fireplace. I think that would be so great. Thanks!
Sounds like you’re doing quite the makeover. If you need help designing and installing your new outdoor space, visit our locator page to find a Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer in your area. If you end up using Belgard products, please send us before and after shots to post on our Facebook page! We may even be interested in featuring your project in our blog. Keep us posted!