In Michigan, summertime is a great time to be outside, especially in the evenings. So why not maximize your outdoor living space so that you can enjoy everything the season has to offer? At Windows, Walls & More here in West Bloomfield, we have a few ideas for how to approach your outdoor space. Check them out below!
Where to Start
No matter your goals for your outdoor area, experts frequently suggest that you treat your planning the same way you would an interior room: measure the space, graph it out, and plan for the elements you want to involve. Which means that, if you’re going to use your outdoor space for entertaining, think about how seating will work. If you only have a small area to work with, you’ll need to use the space wisely—but it’s all still doable.
Elements to Add in Your Outdoor Space
Weather is always a factor when we’re outside, so consider its impacts. If your area is in lots of sun, think about a pergola or sturdy umbrellas. If air flow is blocked in your space, might you put a ceiling fan somewhere? If you need to block wind, consider a barrier of sorts, like a hedge or a tall wall (which could be decorated with living plants). For those cooler nights and evenings, a heating source like a firepit might round things out. If you need storage, look for furniture that doubles as storage boxes or cleverly disguised wall hangings that can hold your necessaries. For a smaller space, think about adding tiers to make it look larger—a raised plant bed or even large potted plants can do the trick. And remember the import of lighting! If you will use your space in the evening or at night, you’ll appreciate light for safety and to set the mood. Walkway lighting (much of which you can find solar-powered), party lights, or even strings of lights might help out.
Our Hunter Douglas Fashions Can Help
Changing the outside of your home can change the needs inside your home—more shade outside might mean you don’t need a heavy liner inside; perhaps only privacy protection or something with view-through would do. And for the outdoor area, Designer Screen Shades from Hunter Douglas can give you a flexible sun screen, wind screen, and UV ray screen. Plus, they can offer privacy to an area so passersby or neighbors with prying eyes don’t peep into your space. If you have questions about how Hunter Douglas can improve your outdoor space, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Decorating for Outdoor Living in West Bloomfield, Northville MI Areas
Windows, Walls & More was established in 1977 and has become the leader in window treatments and window treatment motorization, as well as wallpaper, interior design and more. With a beautiful Hunter Douglas Gallery showroom in West Bloomfield, Windows, Walls & More serves West Bloomfield and the surrounding areas, including Franklin, Livonia, Birmingham, Farmington Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Commerce Township, Northville and Novi. Stop by our Hunter Douglas Gallery to see our many functional window covering displays. For more information, or to schedule your free in-store consultation, give us a call today at 248-661-3840.