My Little Room -- Decorating a Small Outdoor Space
by Debbie Rodgers - firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Decorating a small outdoor space on your deck or patio.
"Small is beautiful," said E.F. Schumacher, and although he was
speaking of theories of economics, the same might be said of our
outdoor living spaces.
The large wrap-around porches that we may remember from our childhood
are seldom found in today's modern homes. Instead, we're often faced
with making an inviting living area in a 4'x6' balcony, a small
vestibule, or a 10'x10' deck.
What can you do make a "little room" appear more spacious?
* First, use the space for only one purpose. A small living area,
inside or outside, cannot be used for as many activities as a larger
one. Choose your priority and plan for that alone. Bear in mind
* Keep it simple. Reduce the number of elements (furniture, lighting,
accessories) in the space. Furniture should be space efficient and
low, but does not have to be small. One large accessory has more
impact that several small ones, which can look cluttered. Don't be
afraid of blank space.
* Have a strong, uncomplicated focal point. Maybe it's a magnificent
view, a stunning wooden bench, or a bamboo water feature.
* Unify the space with a theme. For example, use material (all
wicker), shapes (many circles) or color (shades of white).
* Since floor space is limited, remember to use vertical surfaces.
Train a vine over a trellis, install a small waterspout on a wall, or
twist a cloud of tiny paper lanterns up a vintage pole lamp.
Here are a couple of quick ideas for small areas:
* Hang a mosquito net with a built-in circular frame from the ceiling
of a balcony or porch. Drape the sides of the net over the railings.
Inside, place a wicker chaise lounge, a small wicker side table and
one large, lush tropical plant. A great place to sip a piņa colada!
* Insert two large coat hooks in an outside brick wall. Buy two
inexpensive folding wooden chairs and a small wooden side table.
Arrange 3 tall potted plants against one wall of the space. Hang the
chairs on the hooks when not in use.
Plan well and use your imagination and you'll enjoy your little room
in a big way!
Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated to
helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich
them. Visit her on the web at http://www.paradiseporch.com and
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