Here in Minnesota, we know that fall days mean one thing – winter is coming. But that doesn’t mean we need to retreat inside yet. Now is the perfect time of year to be outside as you can, enjoying the crisp weather and spending time in your yard before the snow starts to fall.
By adding the right landscaping, plants and a few other elements, you can have an outdoor space that feels like an extension of your home and is just as comfy and inviting.
Here are four tips for creating a space that you love and can enjoy as long into the fall as possible.
As you are thinking about how you want to use your outdoor space, think about your home and the style of your house. Using complementary color and design themes can carry the feel of your home through to the outdoors and make your patio or deck feel like an extension of your house.
Consider using smaller details to add pops of color and sticking to neutrals tones when selecting the larger elements for your outdoor space. Color can be added with plants and other small touches. Remember that plants and smaller finishing details are easier to move around and replace if needed.
Consider your property
The layout of your property is just as important as the type and style of home you have. Take into consideration any elements that will affect your design like steep hills, slopes, trees and other larger plants.
Also, consider when you will be using the space and the position of the sun at that time of day. If you are planning on entertaining in the evening, for example, you would hate to install a deck that is directly in the sun’s rays.
Add some heat
Nothing is more welcoming than a firepit on a cool fall evening. Fire pits are an excellent gathering point for friends and family.
Consider adding seating and other elements to make the area comfortable and enjoyable. Flagstone can also be used to add interest and design.
The finishing touches
Lighting, plants and other finishing details can help a space feel polished and complete. Explore different lighting options to create a space that feels magical in the evening. Plants can help accent a space and add texture and color to a design.