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Turning your Patio into an Outdoor Room!

Outdoor entertaining has come a long way from just setting up a barbeque grill on the back deck or a picnic table on the patio. Now the most exciting new room in the house isn't even in the house: it's the new OUTDOOR ROOM. Creative homeowners are adding gas patio heaters (the kind you see in sidewalk cafes) and even building fireplaces so their outdoor rooms can be used in the winter. They're arranging special seating areas to entertain guests. Decorating with different flowers, plants, outdoor art, and using large planters as well as arbors, trellises, or other simple structures will help to define the space.

WHERE TO START WITH YOUR OUTDOOR ROOM

So how do you transition from a few pieces of lawn furniture to a true outdoor room? We believe the best way is to start with a central FOCAL point and move out from there. Try centering your outdoor room on the thing that you'll be doing in it the most -- GATHERING for a meal. Think about it like an indoor room. What's the most important gathering place in the house? Where do people come together for conversation, drinks, and meals? It's the dining table. That's why we believe the best place to start is to put an attractive dining table in the middle of your outdoor room and work around it from there.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LOOK

Before you select your table, ask yourself which COLORS you want to accentuate. Do you want to reflect the sunny yellows and blues of the French Riviera? Perhaps you prefer the warm ochre reds of Southern Spain and Morocco? Then think about reflecting those colors in the table decorations on top of your table. Accenting the colors you choose in accessories like pots and planters, and complimenting them with colorful CUSHIONS on wrought iron chairs around your mosaic table.

DON'T FORGET THAT YOUR OUTDOOR ROOM IS OUTDOORS

Of course, you want to make sure that everything that goes in your outdoor room can stand the WEATHER. So look for furnishings and accent pieces that work well both indoors and out. In harsher northern climates, some homeowners will COVER their tables when not in use or even bring them indoors to add color as kitchen tables, accent tables, or even dining tables. Also consider decorating your concrete to add not only color and a wonderful design piece, but also excellent protection that will prevent stains from food or the elements.

LIGHT FOR THE NIGHT, SHADE FOR THE DAY

Once you've established your central visual theme, think about radiating outwards with some unique lighting FIXTURES. You can light the night with exotic Moroccan lanterns or hand-cut metal sconces. Also, consider adding some shade to make your outdoor room more inviting during hot summer days. But, don't just think about umbrellas. Consider using arbors, awnings, or canopies where you can grow flowers and vines to create NATURAL shade. Then, you can use these same structures to hang your lanterns and lights by night.

AN OUTDOOR ROOM CAN FIT ANY BUDGET

There are many ways to create an outdoor room. You can do it surprisingly AFFODABLY with just a few simple pieces like a table, wrought iron chairs, and a few basic flowerpots. Over time, you can add fireplaces, stainless steel barbecue grills, and water features such as a fountain or waterfall. Again, the main idea is to start with a central focal point and add other elements that complement it. Silverline Systems is here for you to help with all your outdoor room design ideas. We can provide an affordable decorative solution for your existing concrete and some great storage ideas for the things that can’t stay outdoors all year round.

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