Jenifer Newman Outdoor June 22nd, 2018 - 03:33:27
Planning a retreat area really doesn't require a great deal of time, effort, or even money. In fact, you may already have everything you'll need. A comfortable place to sit, a source of light, and some basic amenities that support activities that you find to be relaxing are all you really need. To enhance the illusion of being outdoors, it can be fun to use patio furniture and other outdoor accents to create a look that's "almost" outdoors. If desired, you can also add a few decorative touches to make your retreat area a bit more appealing. For example, nature-themed metal wall art or a few live plants can be used to add some decorative appeal.
Outdoor decorating should extend into your backyard where you can expand your living area while creating functional spaces. Keep with a style that complements your home decor. You can create a relaxation area, entertaining area or even an outdoor kitchen area.
Outdoor decorating not only improves the value of your home but will also give you up to a 100% return on your investment. With just a few tips and ideas you can be on your way to enhancing your home's curb appeal. Begin with a well thought out plan that includes landscaping, lighting, a focal point, an outdoor feature, pottery and possibly a sitting area. By thinking things out before you make purchases you can avoid costly mistakes.
Landscaping is another great way to improve your home's overall curb appeal. Make sure to carefully choose your plants as they will certainly reward you by thriving with less care and effort from you. You can also add different heights, textures and colors to improve your outdoor decor. Maintain all the trees in your yard as they provide shade and decrease energy costs by cooling your home in a natural way. Colorful flowers can make a statement and indeed effective in beautifying your front yard. They direct the eye to the front door and make beautiful accents.
The first step in your outdoor decorating project is to take a photo of the front of your house. This gives you the opportunity to look at your front yard objectively. Take the picture from the curb. Does your door stand out or blend in? Your front door is your focal point, so it should stand out. It directs your visitors and tells them where to enter your home. You can accent your front door by color and/or pottery flanking each side.
It is also important to ensure that your lighting fixtures enhance the appearance of the other features of your yard with the proper amount of light. Chrome features are best suited for large porches or decks, or driveways because they offer powerful lighting that covers a full spectrum. It is important that if you are using chrome lighting that you do not buy too many fixtures and create an unnecessary glare. It is best to start with one and determine how much of your exterior area that single light is capable of illuminating so that you can then verify how many more fixtures will be needed to light any surrounding exterior areas. Balancing the necessary amount of light is important. If you are using the chrome lighting features to light an entire outdoor patio used for entertaining purposes, then you need to ensure that there is enough light to avoid eye strain and headaches, but not so much that you create a glare and severe light pollution.