This sum­mer, make your back yard an out­door room!

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

In re­cent years, the back yard has be­come an ex­ten­sion of the home with home­own­ers look­ing to cre­ate a co­or­di­nated, stylish and func­tional space to en­joy time with fam­ily and friends. Many out­door rooms in­clude items such as pa­tio fur­ni­ture and match­ing gaze­bos, pa­tio lights and out­door lamps, out­door rugs, foun­tains, lawn dé­cor and bar­be­cues.

Get­ting started and find­ing a look that is right for you can be over­whelm­ing. At least one re­tailer has de­vel­oped an easy sys­tem to help Cana­di­ans turn their back yard into an out­door room. Sim­ply de­cide on a theme – ca­sual, clas­sic, cos­mopoli­tan or ex­otic – and choose items that fit within that theme.

Clas­sic. This time­less style is great for those look­ing to add some com­fort and ele­gance to their back­yard. Ac­ces­sories with warmer met­als and a pal­ette of muted creams, tau­pes, and sages cre­ate a tradi- tional feel that will stay rel­e­vant for many years to come. Co­or­di­nated pa­tio sets make get­ting started easy. To ac­ces­sorize, look for an­i­mal-themed planters and stat­ues that can fin­ish off the look.

Ca­sual. Bring the cot­tage to your doorstep with a re­laxed sea­side theme. Choose a pal­ette of sun-bleached sands, whites, blues, and greens, to sooth your soul. Look for fun gar­den ac­ces­sories like planters in the shape of shorts or san­dal wind chimes to cre­ate this com­fort­able look. Light pa­tio fur­ni­ture, in blue and white, will keep the space light and airy and com­plete the beach look.

Ex­otic. Cre­ate your own back­yard oa­sis. Inspired by the ex­otic re­sort re­gions of the world, the ex­otic theme com­bines nat­u­ral woods, an earthly pal­ette and a pas­sion for the out­doors and is the per­fect mix of fash­ion and re­lax­ation. To cre­ate this look, choose gar­den ac­ces­sories fin­ished in met­als and unique pieces, such as an out­door wa­ter wall, to achieve an ex­otic feel right at home. Pa­tio fur­ni­ture that re­sem­bles in­door fur­ni­ture, such as so­fas and arm chairs with light coloured cush­ions and dark frames work best.

Cos­mopoli­tan. Cre­at­ing a won­der­ful up­scale de­sign for those who en­joy a more con­tem­po­rary flare doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive. Well-de­signed cool met­als paired with el­e­ments of glass and tile help to make a strong state­ment in your back­yard. Com­ple­ment your space with smokey greys, reds and blacks. Alu­minum bistro sets and pa­tio fur­ni­ture with clean lines will give your back­yard a con­tem­po­rary, clean feel. Look for a stain­less steel bar­be­cue to fin­ish off the look.

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