Avoid These Outdoor Design Mistakes for a Functional Oasis

At Home With Dia
by At Home With Dia

Have a small balcony or a sprawling backyard? No matter the size of your outdoor space, these tips can help you avoid design mistakes that can hinder its functionality and ambiance. Don't settle for a blank wall or boring fence – create an outdoor oasis you'll love!

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1. Planning is Key

The biggest mistake? Not planning your outdoor project. Before diving in, assess the size and layout of your space.

Consider every nook and cranny to determine how you can best utilize the area.

Treat your outdoor design like your interior design: make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves, measure the space, gather inspiration, and create a mood board to plan your purchases.

2. Embrace the Elements

Don't forget about Mother Nature! Sun protection is key for comfortable enjoyment.

Identify areas with natural shade or consider adding umbrellas or pergolas to create shaded retreats.

If your area gets windy, consider installing latticework or a wood slat wall for a comfortable, breezy experience.

3. Avoid Overcrowding

It's easy to get carried away with outdoor furniture, but remember, an overcrowded space feels cluttered and cramped.

Prioritize quality over quantity, choosing pieces that provide ample seating without overwhelming the area. Open space is just as important as seating space!

4. Comfort and Functionality First

While trendy chairs may look great, are they comfortable? Prioritize comfort and usability in your outdoor design. Avoid mismatched furniture and garden accessories – cohesion is key!

5. Disregarding Cohesion

Color coordination creates a harmonious look. Take cues from your indoor décor and select outdoor furniture and accessories that complement your existing color scheme.

Don't be afraid to mix and match textures and patterns for visual interest, but stick to a specific color palette.

6. Light Up the Night

Outdoor lighting is often an afterthought, but it can dramatically enhance your space's ambiance and functionality.

Explore a mix of lighting options, including overhead fixtures, pathway and landscape lights, and string lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for evenings outdoors.

7. Bring Nature In

Plants are nature's ornaments, breathing life into your outdoor space.

Even with a garden, incorporate potted plants, flowers, and greenery near your seating area for added color, texture, and a connection to nature.

8. Create a View, Even if You Don't Have One

Don't settle for staring at a blank wall or fence! Even without a picturesque view, you can create something stunning.

Consider planting vines or shrubs against a boring fence, or get creative with DIY projects like vertical gardens, trellises, or hanging artwork.

Transform dull corners into inviting retreats and turn blank walls into focal points.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Oasis

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space you'll love spending time in.

Remember to prioritize functionality, avoid overcrowding, strive for cohesion, incorporate proper lighting, bring nature closer with plants, and create a view if you don't have one.

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  • Linda Murphy Linda Murphy on Jun 23, 2024
    I agree with above. What am I not supposed to have on my porch? Totally misleading. I will definitely not follow
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    • Wil107130457 Wil107130457 on Jun 30, 2024
      The mismatch colors
  • Rjx102983017 Rjx102983017 on Jun 23, 2024
    Has to be anti cohesive decor to be removed.