Relax and Restore
Every home should have an oasis. This is the special area where you can unwind, relax and restore your sanity after a busy day. This time of the year, your outdoor living space is the perfect spot to create a personal retreat. No matter how much square footage you are working with, there are a few elements that can be incorporated to ensure the ultimate zen experience. Here are some great options guaranteed to aid in your search for some well deserved R&R.
1. Hammocks. There is not a more relaxing outdoor piece of furniture than a comfy hammock. They’ve come a long way in the last several years and are no longer a refurbished fishing net precariously strung between two trees. The hammocks of today are made with fabric and are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but more ergonomic as well. No trees handy on your patio? Not a problem. There are many free-standing options. Grab a good book and let your cares go as you sway gently in the breeze.
2. Fire Feature. Even with the warmer weather, there is something cozy about sitting around a fire. Whether you have a full outdoor fireplace, a fire-pit, or simply some lanterns with candles, add some warmth to your space for the best outdoor retreat feel to relax and restore.
3. Cozy Furniture. This may seem like a given, but there are so many outdoor furniture sets that are quite unpleasant to perch upon for very long. We wouldn’t put a metal sofa in our living room, so you definitely shouldn’t put one in your oasis. Stick with pieces that have cushions or sling material. Thick cushions can even be placed on the floor to create a nice zen area in a smaller space.
4. Plants. Some outdoor living spaces are naturally lush and full of life. Others need a little assistance. Whether you have a fully landscaped yard, a patio with potted plants, or simply a rock garden with succulents, all retreats should include some sort of flora to provide a natural sense of well-being. If done correctly, they can also help with privacy and shade.
5. Water Feature. This element can be as extreme as a pool with a waterfall, or as simple as an electric fountain. The idea is that you create some white noise that will help you focus on relaxation and drown out distracting sounds.
6. Accessorize. You decorate every other room in your house, so definitely don’t ignore your outdoor retreat. Blankets, pillows, decorative vases and other items will enhance the beauty of the space and encourage you to spend more time there to relax and restore .
These are some great basics to get you started. Ultimately, your outdoor retreat should consist of whatever allows you to truly relax and restore. Meditation areas, sculptures, bird feeders, etc. Make this space your favourite room at your home and have it accommodate any necessary items to truly feel like an outdoor oasis.