As the days grow longer and the weather grows warmer, it’s tempting to spend more time outside to shake off the winter blahs for good. But if you’re like many, your outdoor gathering space may be in need of some well-deserved TLC. A covered patio or other outdoor living space can provide you with a taste of nature at any time, whether you’re having a party, eating a family dinner, or just spending some time outside with a glass of tea and a good book. Read on for some inspiration on creating gorgeous and inviting covered outdoor living spaces this summer.
Use Glass Ceilings to Illuminate Covered Outdoor Living Spaces
The last thing you want your covered outdoor living space to be is dark or dim—but installing a solid ceiling and then adding lights can seem counterintuitive when the purpose of your living space is to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. By using glass or fiberglass ceiling panels to let in natural light, you’ll be able to enjoy the sunlight while remaining protected from rain, insects, and UV rays.
Add Curtains for Some Privacy
By adding curtains to your covered outdoor living spaces, you’ll be able to have as much—or as little—privacy as you’d like. And if you plan to take advantage of this area year-round, you can even rotate your curtains by the season. Thicker, darker curtains can be ideal for cooler months when insulation is key, while airy, sheer curtains are great for letting in the breeze while still providing a visual barrier.
Pergola + Solar Lights = An Inexpensive Way to Brighten Your Backyard
Covered outdoor living spaces don’t need to be costly or complicated. A simple open-sided pergola, accompanied by some solar-powered lights, can take your backyard from drab to fab. During the day, the pergola will let in light and breeze; at night, you’ll be able to play a card game or eat a meal outside with zero impact on your electric bill.
Whether you have an idea in mind or need a bit more inspiration for your dream space, look no further than Field of Dreams. Our talented team designs unique and custom outdoor living spaces in northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, and we’ll work with you to create a space you’ll love using every day. Visit our website to view some of our designs or get in touch.