In preparation for those cold Winter months, most people cover or store their patio furniture and get ready to spend their time indoors for the season. Cold temperatures, along with rain, snow and wind often make it very difficult to enjoy the great outdoors from anywhere, but at a distance… and an indoors distance at that.
Yet, many homeowners aren’t letting cold temperatures stop them and have learned how to create the ultimate Winter Outdoor Living Space. This ensures they can still enjoy their days outside- whether it be to have a cup of coffee, read a good book or to entertain guests – and we’re on the same page!
If you love being outside and want to make use of your Outdoor Living Space year-round, we’ve put together a list of some tips to help you do just that.
1. Incorporate Outdoor Heat
This seems like the most obvious tip – when it’s cold, just add heat! But adding a heat source to your outdoor space can be more than just a spot to keep warm, it can also add ambiance. There is something about an outdoor fire that makes people want to congregate around it, and maybe even roast marshmallows or do some storytelling.
Whether you’re looking to create a small or large Outdoor Living Space, are concerned with decorating – there is something for everyone. Outdoor heat options range from fireplaces, fire tables, heat lamps and more. They truly are a great investment and can be used year-round.
Tip: Different counties in North Carolina may have their own rules and guidelines regarding fires on your property, so be sure to look into this before setting up a fire pit or large outdoor fireplace.
2. Incorporate Wood
Wood seems to resonate with us all – whether it’s the peacefulness of a beautiful forest, a roaring bonfire, or a cozy cabin; it can help create a natural sense of warmth.
Incorporating Wood into your Outdoor Space is a great option, especially when it comes to outdoor wood furniture. It has longevity, works with any color palette year-round and comes in a variety of options, not to mention it looks fantastic with warm lighting!
3. Add a Covering
If you are concerned with rain or snow ruining your outdoor gathering, adding a cover over your patio can make all the difference. Some homeowners invest in constructing a wooden cover that matches their roofs. Others rely on high-quality awnings that extend far enough from the house to offer extended patio living space.
Having a cover will also help with winds during the winter – and could make for a cozy, covered nook during a Summer storm!
4. Accessorize with Warmth
Cushions will always add warmth (and comfort) to furniture, but also consider throw pillows and throw blankets. Whether they are in use or placed on chairs and outdoor sofas and sectionals, they add to the ambiance. They are also quick grab items for guests or unexpected chills.
We recommend a fur look for an added cozy feel!
5. Select the Right Furniture
Selecting the right furniture is important, especially if you are looking for year-round comfort. We suggest something strong, sturdy, wears well through different seasonal climate changes and easy to maintain. Here are just a couple types to consider:
- Synthetic Wood
This maintenance-free option stands strong against the harshest weather conditions making them the obvious choice for your outdoor occasions. American made, this furniture offers great comfort, various seating options and light in weight for a maintenance-free experience. Polywood furniture is offered in a wide selection of colors, including a “wood” look (as discussed in our second tip above), to perfectly complement your exterior aesthetics.
- Synthetic Wicker
This designer seating offers unmatched durability and longevity. You’ll love how Synthetic Outdoor Wicker blends seamlessly into the environment with its realistic, natural appearance. Plus as an added bonus, it’s easier to clean compared to natural wicker—now that’s hassle-free beauty.
- Wrought Iron
For heavy, sturdy and strong pieces of furniture, look no further. Wrought Iron is a dependable option because it’s weather resistant so you don’t have to worry about it blowing away or breaking in heavy wind.
Need help designing your ultimate Outdoor Living Space for Wintertime? We can walk you through several options for patio furniture so you get the sets and accessories that best suit your needs. Chat with one of our pros by calling (919) 789-8444 or stop by our showroom located at 8921 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh today!