The Telegram (St. John's)

Getting the best from outdoor living


With pleasant weather there's nothing better than expanding your living space outdoors. And luckily, it's easy and affordable to create a comfortabl­e and chic outdoor room. Use these quick tips to transform your space.

Simply putting furniture on a deck or patio doesn't create an inviting outdoor living area – instead, be sure to look at the bigger picture. As you would an interior room, incorporat­e a theme and colour scheme into your new design. Arrange the furniture so that it is inviting for you and your guests to socialize. No need to buy new furniture to make your outdoor space look new. Instead, apply a fresh coat of stain or spray paint to your existing wood or metal furniture for a stylish updated look. Manufactur­ers make it quick and easy to makeover your patio. Products are available in the latest colours to provide superior protection against the outdoor elements. Add accessorie­s. Layer colour and textures to give provide a pulled-together appearance; incorporat­e colourful placemats and an interestin­g centerpiec­e on your table to set it apart. Place coordinati­ng water-resistant pillows on seating to bring ndoor living outside.

One of the greatest parts of an outdoor living area is being able to include natural elements. Just like the indoors, nothing cheers up a room like strategica­lly placed fresh flowers. To keep your space functional and clutter-free, look for pots and planters that work with the overall layout of your space. If you have a balcony or long railing, try using flower boxes that can affix to them. Or, if you have the space for oversized pots and unique stands, simply place a few flowers in key spots to create a space that will make your neighbours green with envy.

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