Posted on August 13, 2014 by Miller and Smith Blog Team
We have a love and appreciation for beauty. You may even call us vain, when speaking of homes, that is. We know it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts, but also what’s available on the outside. By making an outdoor retreat that’s both beautiful and functional, we have done our jobs of designing homes that maximize your outdoor living opportunities. Now it’s your turn. It’s been proven that a thoughtfully designed room can have a calming effect, especially one that appeals to one or more of the senses. By following these tips, you’re on your way to creating your very own relaxing retreat that’s good for mind, body and soul.
Stimulate your eyes with pops of color. Try adding an outdoor rug or colorful patio cushions that are both high-quality and weather resistant. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, textures and colors. Such things as pergolas and landscaping plantings can offer privacy and boost your home’s appeal. For patio personality at night, make sure to use the right lighting for setting the mood. Lanterns and bistro-style string lights will do the trick. Finally, when arranging your furniture, identify the best view and position the pieces to highlight those details.
Layers of textured and tactile surfaces are said to spark interest. Even outside your home, you can experiment with layering textures with things like hardwood furniture, soft fabrics and throws, which enhance the textural nature of your outdoor living space. Also, try adding an outdoor fireplace that will wrap you in warmth on those cool evenings.
The power of fragrance can only aid in relaxation. Amidst your colorful collection of containers, try including a fragrant addition of lavender, rosemary or mint. They will have your patio smelling fresh, have you feeling invigorated and be a great addition to tonight’s dinner.
Enjoy the sound of trickling water that will provide you with just the peaceful, easy feeling that is what summer’s all about. Add a water garden with a recirculating pump. Wind chimes also can have you enjoying a musical melody brought to you by nature’s own conductor, the wind.
Ok. This is the tricky one and maybe, it’s just one for the birds. But by appealing to the tasty sense of our feathered friends, in turn they will be providing us with music to our ears. Invite nature right onto your patio with a bird feeder.