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Mastering the Art of Outdoor Living: 7 Essential Design Tips

With sunny skies and warm weather in DeLand, FL, an outdoor living space that feels like a natural extension of your home isn’t just a luxury — it’s a way of life. At Gallery Homes, we believe your home’s outdoor space should be as inviting and comfortable as its interior. Here are seven essential tips to help you create an outdoor living area where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather all year round.

  1. Define the Function of Your Space

Defining the purpose of your outdoor area is the first essential step. Whether you envision family barbecues, a peaceful spot for reading, or a lively entertainment zone, having an idea of how you would like to use your space will help guide your furniture choices and decorative touches.

Be sure to observe your space during the time of day you’re likely to use it. Does shade occur naturally, or will you have to provide it? How large or small is the area? Accurate measurements can help you choose furniture that’s proportional to the space

  1. Invest in Quality Furniture

You’ll want furniture that complements the style of your home and also withstands the elements. Rust-resistant metals such as aluminum, galvanized steel, and wrought iron are ideal for Florida’s humidity since mildew and mold don’t affect it. All-weather wicker (synthetic resin wicker) is another great option. Although wood furniture requires more upkeep, it’s a stylish choice. Hardwoods such as mahogany and oak are ideal, while responsibly sourced teak is well-known for its weather resistance and beauty.

Comfort is key, so select pieces with plush, weather-resistant cushions that invite hours of relaxation.

  1. Create a Focal Point

Every room needs a focal point, and your outdoor space is no exception. Consider a striking fire pit for gathering on cooler evenings. A water feature, whether a pond with a waterfall or a tabletop fountain, offers calm and serenity. Vibrant landscaping — or just one stunning plant — can be the focal point that draws guests in and sets the tone for the space.

  1. Add Outdoor Rugs and Textiles

Soften the space and add style and color by incorporating outdoor rugs and textiles. Rugs have the ability to define areas like dining or lounging spaces, while pillows and throws provide comfort and decorative appeal. Choose fabrics that resist fading and mildew, and select a style and color palette that compliments your indoor space. For a more calming appeal, incorporate cool colors such as pale blues or a sea green. Neutral shades are a wonderful choice for relaxation, and bold colors like orange and yellow brighten and liven up any space!

  1. Incorporate Shade Solutions

Florida’s sunny climate makes shade an essential factor to consider. A free-standing pergola, cantilever umbrella, or retractable awning to provide relief from the sun while also adding a stylish element to your outdoor décor. Depending on your needs, roll-up patio shades, sun sails, and canopies could also do the trick. With these key features, you can relax in your outdoor space even on the warmest days.

  1. Lighting Is Key

Don’t underestimate the power of lighting! Transform your outdoor area into a charming evening retreat with attractive lighting. String lights add a festive touch, solar path lights enhance safety, and lanterns can provide soft, ambient lighting. Candles encased in glass are a perfect elegant addition to any table. If you’re looking to extend the usability of your space into the night, consider task lighting around grilling or eating areas so you can enjoy your space for however long you desire.

  1. Landscaping and Greenery

Lush greenery can make your outdoor space feel like a natural extension of your home, and also freshen the air. Native plants thrive in the local climate and require minimal maintenance, making them a wonderful choice to integrate into your outdoor area.. Adding flower beds, potted plants, or an herb garden beautifies your space and provides privacy and wonderful fragrances. Consider a trellis that supports climbing vines to provide shade and privacy. Bougainvillea and honeysuckle are popular and also easy to maintain.

Final Thoughts

Creating an inviting outdoor living space is all about blending functionality with personal style. It’s an opportunity to extend your living area into the great outdoors and make the most of your property.

At Gallery Homes in DeLand, FL, we create homes that enhance your indoor and outdoor lifestyle. We prioritize energy-efficient, eco-friendly building practices that align with a healthy lifestyle to ensure your new home is beautiful and sustainable.

Are you ready to design a home that perfectly fits your vision of indoor and outdoor living? Get in touch at (386) 738-7000 and discover how we can help you achieve the perfect balance of comfort and style in your new home. Let Gallery Homes elevate your living experience in Florida!