Getting your outdoor living space ready for colder weather
While you may spend more time outdoors during the summer months, there’s still an opportunity to use your patio throughout the year. The colder days and snowy nights may be rolling in, but with the right plan in place, you can still retreat to your outdoor living space after a long day at the office. Even if you live on the West coast without the potential for snowstorms, the days will grow colder over time and encourage you to get cozier than usual.
Need help getting your backyard and patio ready for winter get-togethers? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few simple yet impactful ways to prepare for the colder weather ahead:
1. Store your seasonal furniture (and consider year-round pieces)
The last thing you want to do is let the snow and harsh temperatures ruin your patio furniture. Placing these items in a storage shed is necessary if you want to ensure the longevity of these staple pieces. Year-round outdoor furniture is a smart investment — rattan, for example, is considered weather and water-resistant, perfect for accommodating you even after a snowstorm.
2. Bring out the cozy accents
When it’s time to get cozy on the patio with a mug of hot cocoa in hand, you need the accessories that can help you unwind and get as comfortable as possible. Water-resistant cushions and pillows are helpful at this time of year, and throw blankets can make the perfect finishing touch on a crisp night under the stars.
3. Invest in a patio firepit
A heat source will do you well during the winter, and a compact firepit can do the job. Not only is this a great way to keep warm, but it’s a great focal point and central spot for conversation with guests. If not a firepit, you could instead consider a portable patio heater to keep you and your friends warm and cozy.
4. Add twinkling lights to set the tone
If the stars don’t align for a cute night out on the patio, a set of twinkling string lights can illuminate the space and create an unforgettable atmosphere. This is perfect for those looking to create a date spot in their backyard — the lights can add a romantic touch to even the most basic setup in your yard.
5. Don’t forget the outdoor rug
The indoor rug is great at making the room feel more complete, but an outdoor rug can also help your space feel more put together. Add one underneath your seated area to bring greater comfort to your space — especially for those who slip their shoes off. Just be sure to find a texture and pattern that will work against the elements so that it can look and feel durable for a long period of time.
6. Get in touch with Decorating Den Interiors for guidance
Looking to use your patio space year-round but feel like you need assistance with the design elements? A personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors can help.
One of our design experts will come to your home to provide a free consultation which includes an assessment of your outdoor living space, as well as a discussion of your ideas. At this time, your decorating consultant will get a feel for your wants and needs for the patio, and grasp a better understanding of your stylist preferences.
You can involve yourself in the project as much as you desire — if you want to give your decorator full creative control, you may! No matter how you want to go about redesigning your back patio for the winter, we can support you.