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Tips to Enjoy Your Winter Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Teresa Batterson on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 @ 14:12 PM

You’ve put time and effort into creating perfect living quarters to relax in during the summer months, and while you may not hear many people say ‘let’s go outside!’ as the temperatures continue to drop, there are still ways you can enjoy your outdoor space in this cold weather. Here are some simple tips you can utilize to get the most out of your cozy outdoor spaces.

Fire Pit

1. Utilize patio heaters. Heating is essential if you plan to enjoy your time outdoors this winter season, and there are a few different ways you can warm yourself up. Fire pits are one option and are beneficial year round. Not only can fire pits provide you with the warmth you need, but they are also a good focal point for your space. Another option would be to have an electric patio heater. These don’t take up a lot of space, and while you may not necessarily take off your coat and lounge in a t-shirt, it can provide you with a way to comfortably transition from the indoors to the outdoors without freezing! Additionally, if you have already installed an outdoor fireplace, such as a FireRock Fireplace, now is a perfect time to sit in front of it and enjoy your investment.

2. Enclose your patio with glass. While this may not add ample amounts of heat, it will block out that extra chill you get from wind, not to mention it will protect your living space from potential snow and ice! If this idea doesn’t sound ideal for you, open up the drapes and let some of the natural light in. If it fits your budget, consider adding windows to your back room, or even a sunroom, so you still can enjoy the outdoors from the inside. Not only will this brighten up your space and give you a nice wintery view, but the natural light can kick up your mood as well!

3. Lighten it up. While we sometimes tend to decorate with darker colors during the winter, consider adding in some lighter colors to brighten up your space. Have you chosen a deep, dark purple as your theme? Add in some lilac or silver – this will create a beautiful mixture, and can still provide you with an inviting holiday feel. While you probably have already added lights to the front of your house, don’t forget your backyard, where your outdoor living space is most likely located. You can install light fixtures in your deck that can be used year-round, or you can also string lights across your patio railing, creating a peaceful, serene environment.Here are some additional winter landscape tips!

 Sun Room

Also, don’t forget to protect your outdoor space, driveways, and walkways with winter deicers to prevent accidents, and cover your outdoor appliances and accessories before the first snowfall. Think heavy duty & water resistant!

These are just some tips to get your imagination flowing. We want to know, what have you done to make your outdoor living space ready for the winter?

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Winter Landscape, Fireplace, Outdoor Space, Decorating