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How to Improve Your Outdoor Space for an Ultimate Relaxation

October 28, 2020

No matter the size, your outdoor space is meant to be a source of enjoyment and refuge, a place for you to escape when you want to unwind, relax, and have fun. Even though it’s outdoors, it’s still a part of your home and should be given some attention and love especially if you are renovating your new home.

Setia Eco Glades, Cyberjaya by Viyest Interior Design

Interior Firm: Viyest Interior Design

Whether you are planning to transform your outdoor space into a dining area, a mini garden, or a full-on family room, here are some useful tips to bring the comforts of the inside out.

1. Create some privacy

The secret to a truly relaxing outdoor space is privacy. Whether you're dealing with neighbours in close proximity, traffic noise, or an unsightly view, creating a secluded outdoor space can make a huge difference in how much you would spend your out time outdoor.

BU9, Petaling Jaya by Muse Design Group Sdn Bhd

If you live in an urban environment and own a small balcony, you can consider installing sliding shutters, roll-down shades or gauzy drapes that easily slide open to create a more secluded outdoor space. If you live a landed home, you can consider options such as high fences, walls, outdoor screens or adding large/ tall planters, to turn your outdoor space into a private, relaxing retreat.

THE VEO Show Unit Type E2 , KL East by SQFT Space Design Management

2. Create a shady spot

Even sun-worshippers welcome a little shade! You will be able to enjoy your outdoor space more often if you can provide relief from the sun. If you are living in a high rise building, consider installing roll-down blinds to provide some shades against direct sun exposure. If you are staying in a landed home, consider settting up a large umbrella, install retractable awnings or plant some tall trees around your home for a more comfortable outdoor relaxation.

Beverly Heights, Ampang by Viyest Interior Design

Interior Firm: Viyest Interior Design

3. Invest smartly

When choosing for suitable outdoor furniture, consider spending a little extra on a seating area or one special piece of furniture that you'll use regularly. This way, you are more likely to spend and enjoy more time outdoor rather than staying inside the house.

Scenaria Super Link 2, North Kiara Hill by Amaze Design Sdn Bhd

Interior Firm: Amaze Design Sdn Bhd

When purchasing outdoor furniture, keep in mind that these items will take quite a beating over time. Rain, heat and other weather-related elements are sure to affect outdoor furnishings. To ensure that your furniture holds up as long as possible, invest in items made of waterproof materials. This includes your outdoor throw pillows and cushions too!

Tanjong Tokong Abode by Archiplan Interior Design

4. Enhance your outdoor space with a water feature

The sight and sound of water have a calming, restorative effect. If your budget allows, consider installing a water feature to add more Zen and to create a focal point of your outdoor space. You can also surround it with lush plants and accent lighting for extra beauty and charm!

Seni, Mont Kiara by Design Aid Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Design Aid Sdn. Bhd.

This wow-worthy outdoor space designed by Torch Empire, for example, comes complete with a weather-proof outdoor dining set and a Zen-like water fountain.

Taman Taynton View, Cheras by Torch Empire

Interior Firm: Torch Empire

5. Don’t forget lighting

To maximize time spent outdoors, make sure to install proper lighting. Options such as string lights, outdoor lanterns, candles, outdoor sconces attached to your home’s exterior and solar-powered landscape lighting can provide some lighting after dark besides adding some cosy vibe to the space.

You can also mix several kinds of outdoor lighting to create a magical effect at night as seen in this charming outdoor area designed by Surface R.

Alam Impian, Setia Alam 2 by Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

Looking to renovate your outdoor space?

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