5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Redesigning Your Outdoor Space

Redesigning your outdoor space is an exciting project that allows you to add new touches that create the perfect retreat to enjoy after a long day of work or host family and friends.

Whether you’re eager to fix some mistakes you made when you first set up your outdoor space or are ready to give it a refresh, you’ll want to avoid these five common mistakes when redesigning your outdoor space.

Lack of Protection from the Elements

The most important thing to consider when designing your outdoor space is Perth’s climate. All year round, Western Australia experiences intense Summers, windy Winters, and the rainy season. Therefore, your outdoor space should have adequate protection from the elements all year round. In addition, finding the right blinds will help make sure you can use your outdoor space all year round. When choosing the perfect blinds, consider roof to fence blinds that can extend your entertainment area or subtle folding arm awnings to create a canopy effect providing ample sun protection. After all, a perfectly designed outdoor space is only great if you get to enjoy it all year round.

Lack of Functionality

You want your outdoor area to look good but don’t underestimate the importance of functionality in your design. An outdoor area that lacks function can result in wasted space and won’t get much use. Therefore, when designing your outdoor area, think about the purpose you would like to use it for the most and plan your design around this. For example, if you want to host family and friends and need space for activities such as barbecuing and entertaining, let function determine the design.

Failure to Connect the Indoor Space to Outdoors

When designing your outdoor area, it should act as an extension of your home’s indoor space. When your outdoor space is cozy and inviting, it will likely get just as much use as the indoors. Consider using Ziptrak Outdoor Blinds that allow you to expand your space without expensive renovations. In addition, consider adding comfortable seating, an outdoor rug, ambient lighting, and a speaker for music to make it more inviting. You might also position it so it’s relatively close to the indoor space so people can enjoy each other’s company while in each. 

Improper Furniture

Outdoor furniture is typically known to be cold and uncomfortable. People often assume that durability and longevity outweigh the importance of function and comfort because it is for the outdoor area. Fortunately, this isn’t true. Now there are plenty of comfortable options, look nice and can last through seasons of being outdoors. Before you purchase outdoor furniture, make sure you’ve adequately mapped out your design and that it will help you achieve both the design and function goals.

High Maintenance

Another common mistake is creating a space that’s high maintenance. While it might look beautiful when trimmed and pruned, it may require frequent upkeep that’s hard to manage. A high maintenance outdoor area will quickly become a place you avoid because you’ll end up spending more time maintaining it than enjoying it. Instead, choose a few features that complement your design, like outdoor blinds and avoid overdoing it. The result will be an easy to manage outdoor space where you go to spend your free time.

All About Shade has your outdoor space redesign covered with a range of versatile blinds available in various styles and materials that offer great designs and protection from the elements. With excellent prices and shorter lead times, you can now build the perfect outdoor seating area for you, your family and friends to enjoy right through winter.

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