Mar 7th, 2011 by Hazel
Outdoor spaces grow with every season, as homeowners create alfresco dining spaces with picnic tables and outdoor napping spots with swing beds. However, the greatest opportunities can sometimes serve the greatest challenges. I love the limitless prospects of decorating without walls or ceilings, but creating distinct spaces can be difficult without these go-to dividers.
Many people want a space for dinner parties as well as space for casual socializing. Using creative barriers can help define spaces and communicate an open, yet structured outdoor space design.
Pathways: Often, space can be the best friend to the outdoor decorator. If you’re lucky enough to take advantage of an expansive backyard, don’t feel pressured to pile your outdoor rooms on top of each other. Housing your living space in a gazebo and your dining area under your porch (near the kitchen!) will clearly delineate your outdoor rooms.
To propel guests toward different outdoor rooms, use inviting pathways. Paver stones and brick walkways work well, but treated pine roll-up walkways are an economical and portable option. Laying out pathways and walkways clearly tells guests where to explore!
Structures: Using backyard structures like gazebos, pergolas and pool houses is another easy way to clearly separate outdoor spaces. If you’re back deck is lined with patio chairs and chaise lounges, make your backyard gazebo a destination spot for dining. Using structures not only adds dynamic architectural elements to your landscape, it creates more covered areas for relaxing and entertaining.
Flora: Using vertical gardening techniques can also create private spaces and living walls between outdoor rooms. Growing wisteria or trumpet vines up a trellis or garden arbor will develop colorful, living and growing walls that will make guests feel at home in a secret garden. Using garden arbors with gates and softening the latticed edges with growing morning glories will let beautiful color spill over into every available outdoor space.
Separating living, dining and lounging spaces within your outdoor rooms will make your backyard areas seem larger and more encompassing. Group your outdoor furniture and patio furniture into outdoor rooms and make entertaining easy by cuing your guests around your outdoor living spaces.