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Outdoors Makeover: How to Create a Luxurious Terrace ⇒ Remember those long summer nights spent outdoors somewhere in a café chatting away? How wonderful would it be to recreate that same lovely environment in the comfort of your own home? If you have a patio or terrace that you wanted to redecorate for a while, now, is the time to start planning it! Today we bring you the best tips on how to create a luxury terrace so that long summer nights can happen any time you feel like it! – From furniture to lighting and colour schemes, CovetED tells you everything you need to know.
Maximize the Space
A great terrace is one where space has been completely maximized. – You can do this by treating the outdoor space as the inside – this means adding the same intimate seating arrangements, similar colours, materials, and even lighting.
Another great way to bring life to your terrace is by incorporating lots of greenery in it. Plants are not only beautiful and grounding but also a perfect trick for giving a more private feel to your terrace. Makes sure to choose lush plantings that add height and privacy or living green walls in high rises.
Other than that, choosing a neutral palette that is uncompromising to the rest of the house might be a great way to start. Don’t forget to select pieces that are complementary to the inside of your home. These translate into choosing similar shapes, materials, as well as placing them in a way that coordinates with what you already have in the living room.
You can, of course, bring a little bit of visual dynamism to the whole picture by adding accent colours and patterns inspired by the natural surroundings of your terrace. This doesn’t only bring a bigger sense of visual harmony, but it will also make you feel even more at peace; at home.
Lastly, indirect light is perfect for creating a calm atmosphere, thanks to the glowing ambience. You can even go further by uplighting or backlighting trees and plants which will enhance their forms and textures, and transforming them in natural, and “living”, floor lamps!
Connect the Inside with the Outside
Luxury is so much about subtlety that if you want to transport this same feeling to your terrace, then, you will need to plan everything out very carefully. – When you are indoors, the terrace will be your backdrop, and when you’re on the terrace, the indoors will be your backdrop – with this in mind the layout of your terrace should always enhance the harmonious flow between the indoor space and the outdoor one.
A subtle, but effective way of doing this would be using the same flooring on both spaces. This doesn’t mean you have to reproduce all the colours, all shapes from the indoor space to the outdoor one, but you should definitely find binding elements, that connect both spaces visually.
In terms of outdoor furniture, it is always best to choose large-scale furniture pieces that will provide more comfort and durability. Neutrals hues are still the best choice here as the aim is, always, to complement the landscape. In terms of materials great options would be; woven resin, painted metal, and, teak. The concept applies for the flooring material – natural sources such as teak or blue stone as they are great for their texture and warmth; and long wide planks rather than square tiles is also another great terrace design decision.
In terms of the best lighting for your terrace, you should definitely go for something dramatic. A great way of doing this is actually uplighting up the trees or the overall background in order to create a silhouette. Another fun trick is placing recessed lighting under the planters which, in the evening, will make them look as if they were truly floating.
Comfort Is The Main Course
Since we have already agreed on the fact that terraces should always be an extension of the indoor living space, we also need to bring the comfort from the inside of your home to the outside of it. – Your terrace.
This means that upholstered furniture should be used on the terrace as a way of bringing comfort and also to soften the design. Another element that can also bring a lot of cosiness to your terrace is a fire feature which can be a big plus, especially when you are watching football on your outdoor TV.
The flooring should also be planned with a comfort emphasis as you might even want to walk barefoot when you are outside!
Never Forget About Functionality
Visual harmony is very important when planning out your terrace space, but so is functionality. The primary function of this space is to serve as a gathering area for your family and friends. With that in mind, your terrace should definitely include dining and seating areas, and if you possess the necessary dimensions, you can even add an outdoor kitchen to make it all the more practical.
In terms of maintenance, it is always best if you keep it to a minimum. – An automated drip watering system could be something to consider, not only because it is an easier way to maintain the greenery around the terrace, but also because it prevents plants from drying out too quickly.
Other great functional design choices include chaises that lay flat and serve as benches when not being used for sunbathing or even a swivel arm that allows the wall-mounted outdoor television to be adjusted for optimal viewing.
We All Want Privacy
This all depends on the location of your home, flat, etc If you have a rooftop terrace, for instance, it is easy to find yourself surrounded by nearby buildings and undesirable views. A fantastic way to revert this is adding taller greenery around it your terrace space. Other options include fence panels or boxwood hedges. Boxwood hedges, for example, can be used to screen the unwanted views and lift the eye up to the more distance beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Make it Weather Protected (Always!)
Again, this particular situation will depend on the specific characteristics of your terrace – is it a rooftop terrace, or is it located at ground level? At ground level, the windbreaks are often the surrounding nature – trees and structures can easily provide shade. On a roof, that’s harder, as extreme sun and wind can be nearly unbearable. In this case, you might have to have a more proactive approach to weather protection and actually add to your terrace elements such as; a tented pavilion, or even built-in storage to furniture cushions which can easily be thrown around by a strong gust.
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