The garden is an extension of your home but is often overlooked when the sun goes into hibernation. When the temperature drops and the clouds become grey, it’s understandable that we opt for evenings inside on the sofa over spending it freezing half to death outside. With some clever adaptations however, you can extend the months you spend in the garden and turn your patio space into another cosy corner of your home.
Add Blankets and Cushions to Your Seating Area
You probably already have a seating area of some sort where you’ve spent hours basking in the beautiful summer sun over the last few months, but now is the time to add some soft furnishing to keep you warm. Weatherproof cushions are great as you can store them outside and a collection of outdoor blankets can be added and kept in a cupboard or draw near the back door.
It’ll be lovely to have something to snuggle under as you watch the autumn sunsets light up the sky.
Invest in Some Outdoor Heating
Outdoor heating doesn’t always have to be the luxury type you find in only in restaurants gardens and city bars, they’re a great addition to your patio at home during the cooler months of the year. Electric heaters are easy to use and heat up your garden space quickly.
Gas heaters are usually cheaper to buy initially but can be more costly to run. Think about your space and perhaps the age of your family using it, opt for safest and most convenient design to optimize your garden.
Add a Fire Pit
Is there anything more welcoming than a garden fire pit in the centre of your outdoor seating, this wonderful beacon of warmth and light will add a wonderful design feature to your patio space. Again, there are plenty of designs to choose from so think about the aesthetics of the area you are trying to create. Www.patioline.ca/products/outdoor-fire/ offer a beautiful but functional range of outdoor fire tables, perfect for entertaining family and friends or roasting marshmallows with the children.
Don’t Forget About the Fairy Lights
A great, yet inexpensive, way to light up your garden when the nights draw in is to purchase as many fairy lights your outdoor space can handle. Many are either battery or solar powered, so you won’t need to worry about electrical points when setting them up. Choose from classic white and golden twinkling lights or a multi-coloured row of bulbs if that takes your fancy, then hang them from corner to corner above your seats. It’s a great way to add a fun element to your patio area.
These brilliant additions will add warmth and light to your outdoor space, encouraging you to get out into the garden more often. It’s a perfect way to build memories with family and friends, an evening spent laughing and playing cards under the stars is far more exciting than another night in front of the television.