By Epatio Place
When planning an outdoor living space or patio, the most important
factor to keep in mind is the view and the atmosphere where you’ll
create the space. Pick the place in your outdoor space that you
naturally gravitate toward when you go outdoors, whether it is the
grill area or your dock on the water, and that will dictate where
you start. The only difference is, instead of walls separating the
space, the outdoors landscapes and features as well as the open air
take center stage.
No matter how comfortable and lavish an outdoor living space may
be, the key is using materials that are practical and easy to
maintain in the Lowcountry’s humidity and saltwater air. Durable
materials such as teak and powder-coated metals work well outdoors
along the coast, as do the new synthetic wickers and outdoor
fabrics that won’t show wear and work well with a traditional
aesthetic. Most often, the most low-maintenance materials are also
the most comfortable. Woven mesh that allows you to breathe is also
very easy to keep clean and doesn’t require cushion storage.
Cushioned furniture is best left to sunrooms and covered
Simplified prints, cabana strips and solid colored upholstery with
contrasting trims all point to an interest in simplified luxury and
a spa aesthetic with vivid, bold colors that are big this year.
Just as the color yellow is making a splash in fashion this year,
it’s also being brought into outdoor living spaces.
Outdoor living isn’t just for the rich and famous, and people who
love the outdoors are taking it to the next step and planning
outdoor patio spaces. The marriage of an outdoor living space with
a home’s interior has become a main-stay in home design. Summers
will be more special spent outdoors with comfortable and functional
living spaces you’l l want to use everyday.
Excepts of this article are from Savannah Magazine’s May/June 08’
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