Here in Marin County, we get some great weather and therefore great opportunities to be outside. Which means that any outdoor area you have attached to your home could add usable space to the interior. At Blinds & Designs, we have a few ideas for how to make the most of your outdoor area. Read on to learn more!
All Spaces Are Different
Some homes have yards, some have patios, and some only have decks. Plus, each person has different goals for the space, so no one idea is a “one size fits all.” Be sure to understand your goals for upping your outdoor living area game—that way, you can make the most of your outdoor makeover dollar and best achieve the look and functionality you want. That said, no matter your goals, many experts suggest the best way to start is to treat the area the same way you would an interior room. So before you do anything else, measure the space, graph it out, and plan for the elements you want to involve.
Think About the Elements You’ll Add
For example, if you want to entertain, consider how much seating your space can hold, and be sure the seating you’re considering will fit in the area. If you only have a small area to work with, you’ll need to use the space wisely—but it’s all still doable. Think about how to address a sunny area—pergola, umbrellas, or new tree for shade? If the space is like a wind tunnel, you might want some sort of barrier. For cool evenings and nights, you might want a heat source like a firepit. If you have a small space to work with, think about adding tiers to make it look larger—a raised plant bed or even large potted plants can give your area an element of bigness. And don’t forget the lighting! If you will use your space in the evening or at night, you’ll appreciate light for safety and to set the mood. Walkway lighting (much of which you can find solar-powered), party lights, or even strings of lights could do just the trick.
Hunter Douglas Products That Can Help
Designer screen shades from Hunter Douglas can give you a wind screen or protection from UV rays. They’ll help define the space and offer greater privacy to the area. Also consider how the new use of the space might impact the window treatments already existing in your home. If you added a shade element outside, you might no longer need light control inside. Perhaps just draperies will do for aesthetics. No matter what, if your situation inside has changed because you changed your situation outside, consider upgrading your current window fashions—be sure to speak with one of our consultants for ideas!
Outdoor Living in Marin County
Blinds & Designs offers a full line of quality window treatments to homeowners and commercial clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County areas, including Burlingame, Hillsborough, Atherton, and Los Altos. With an ongoing commitment to high quality products and exceptional service, we’ve been serving our communities for over 26 years.
Stop by our showrooms in San Francisco or Tiburon to see a variety of motorization displays or call 415-921-4212 Ext 101 for more information.