Lately,aren't we all begging for warm weather to knock on our doors? I don't know about you all,but I already started daydreaming about DINING OUTDOORS!!!Given the lovely warm breezes and landscaping decoration, outdoor experiences can be very romantic, relaxing and fun.
TESINTERIORS--MINTY SUMMER HOUSE PROJECT
Recently, I have answered several professional questions about outdoor dining design for the editor of Laguna Beach magazine.So I decided to share some of my insights with you too! Read more to get the hang of my design process to enjoy your outdoors in a leisurely manner.
TESINTERIORS-- ELEGANT MANOR PROJECT
~~~THE DESIGN PROCESS~~~
ANALYSE your climate, note the sunlight,wind& overall temperatures ... Try to observe your settings to decide if you will be dining under a veranda roof or a branching tree . This way you can construct your architectural elements accordingly.
Let's say it gets very humid around your outdoor space, then I would suggest you go for a veranda with an insulated roof.
If your weather is dry enough, you can easily enjoy dining under the stars
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Too much sunlight can easily destroy your furniture as well as your mood, too! So use partial covers like big umbrellas or greenery covered wood grids.
CHOOSE durable materials to enjoy your outdoor furniture for longer. Wood, mesh ,special outdoor fabrics,straws,marble,corian and tiled surfaces,glass and different types of metals or porcelain are best outdoors.
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DEFINE your ambiance by Lighting !!! It is a very important issue when dining outdoors because outside, light is spread more as there are less reflective surfaces!If your dining area has a roof, lighting from the ceiling is the common solution.
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If you prefer less direct lighting, I would suggest choosing high floor lamps! If not enough , you can always add more with mobile sources.Candles and lanterns are always a favourite as they are handy when you need extra light!Plus they are great for decorative purposes,too.
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DECORATE with colorful accessories for a warmer feel.If there is a garden close by,flowers around are usually pretty enough with their lovely colours and shapes!
Personally,I love to scatter other decorative pieces such as pillows,throws,candle holders and runners. Outdoor rugs, freestanding lanterns and sculpturous lighting fixtures with batteries are all great choices for a cozier feel.
Compared to indoor accessories, outdoor pieces are usually more budget friendly as they are not as long lasting .So NEVER miss out on simple seasonal outdoor accessories with lots of trendy colours as they will be the EYE CANDY!
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I always love to surf around the web for easy DIY tips when decorating outdoors!
SO hang in there to see some amazing DIY ideas to creatively style your own...