How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Social Space this Spring

There are some home improvement jobs that are easy to put off when the weather’s cold. And working on your garden or outside area is one of them. But now that spring’s arrived it’s time to get started so that when the warm weather hits you’ll have a great outdoor social space.

There are several things you’ll need to think about before you start your project. Read on to find out how to create the perfect outdoor social space this spring.

Find the right flooring

Start preparing your outdoor space by finding the right flooring. There are loads of different types of outdoor flooring out there, so do your research to make sure you get the right one for you.

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If you’ve got a tight budget, consider gravel. It can look great, particularly if you colour-coordinate it with your home exterior. Just bear in mind that it can get messy and uneven – not ideal for putting furniture on.

Other great outdoor flooring options include paving and decking. Pick a paving material that suits your colour scheme and budget – common ones include concrete, natural stone and brick. Or go for decking if you want a more natural look.

Fit feature lighting

Feature lighting isn’t essential, but it’s a great way to give your outdoor social space a cosy, welcoming vibe. Like flooring, there are lots of different types out there so you can pick one to suit you.

Wireless solar or battery-powered lights are ideal if you want something that’s easy to install, but wired lighting tends to be more powerful and reliable. Ground lights, spotlights and post lights can all look great – pick a type that suits the amount of space you have and the look you’re going for.

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If you’re undecided or on a tight budget, pick up some outdoor fairy lights. They’re a quick fix if you’re expecting visitors and cost very little time and money.

Choose the perfect seating

To enjoy your outdoor space, you’ll need some suitable seating. Think about how you’re going to use it and then pick your furniture accordingly.

So, if you have visions of hosting dinner parties out in your garden, invest in an outdoor dining table and chairs. Or if a casual drink is more your style, find some benches or sofas with comfy cushions. Make sure you take the drizzly British weather into consideration and either make sure your cushions are removable or get some furniture covers.

Plant your ideal foliage

Spring is the ideal time to do some planting and get your outdoor space looking good for the warmer months. Don’t be tempted to skip this step if gardening isn’t your thing – it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult and will really complete the space.

If you want to keep things really simple, try lavender or azaleas. These shrubs will inject some colour into your space and require very little maintenance. Or try perennials like geraniums for colours that will keep returning every year.

Consider bifold doors

Installing bifold doors can be a brilliant way to link your indoor and outdoor areas and create the perfect outdoor social space. They can make your outdoor area more accessible – handy if you’re popping in and out of the house to get drinks or serve dinner al fresco.

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Bifold doors require a bit more investment than outdoor lighting or seating but can be a big long-term benefit to your home.

So don’t be put off by the chilly temperatures and snow this year. Get going on creating the perfect outdoor social space this spring so you’ll have everything you need when the warm weather hits!

Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects. To learn more about Evy, visit her Google+ profile.

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