How To / April 23,2017
It’s official - summer is long gone for now, so you’re probably thinking that your outdoor entertaining days are over, at least for the next few months. But think again! With a few, simple additions, you can turn your patio space into the place to be this winter. So don’t go packing away the barbie just yet, grab the tongs and read on for some tips on how to winter-proof your outdoor area for the coming, cooler months ahead.
DELVE INTO SOME DECOR
Cushions, throws and rugs will instantly make your outdoor space look and feel super cosy, and the best part about it is, your guests will love you for it. Not only will it create comfort and warmth to what would normally be a cool, and sometimes stark setting (especially in the winter), but it will add texture and of course, some much-needed softness, making for one very inviting entertaining area.
ADD SOME EXTRA COVERAGE
Consider adding a rooftop if your patio is unsheltered; whether going for a permanent fixture or something a bit more seasonal and retractable, the extra coverage will do wonders in retaining warmth and protecting your much-loved outdoor furniture from the harsh weather conditions that tend to accompany winter. If you already have a sheltered outdoor area then patio blinds or awnings are a must - especially if you want a bit of extra help in keeping the winter breeze out without sacrificing on sunshine.
INSTALL AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN
An outdoor kitchen is a must-have accessory for anybody who loves to cook, and even moreso if you’re an avid outdoor entertainer! Not only will you be opening up your entertaining options to year-round, but your guests will be as equally impressed with your culinary skills as they will be with all that extra warmth being generated from your outdoor kitchen. Now that’s a win-win.
HEAT IT UP
Outdoor heaters are an absolute winter essential for any patio space, especially if you’re not quite ready to let go of summer just yet. Portable outdoor heaters are perfect for smaller spaces or if you have several areas that need a quick temperature hike. But if complete warmth from top to bottom is what you seek, it might be worth investing in heat lamps that can be installed above head or below floorboards, making for toasty toes and ears no matter the weather.
LIGHT IT UP
An outdoor fireplace or fire pit can be really eye-catching, bringing with it an air of excitement to your otherwise ordinary outdoor setting. Not only will it create much needed warmth for you and your guests, but with the right placement, will make for an excellent backyard centrepiece all year-long. Adding a fire element to your outdoor entertaining area will also enhance its surroundings, creating a wonderfully vibrant mood to your special occasion.
Warming up your patio for winter can cost as little or as much as you’d like, so it’s best to consider your overall space requirements, budget and individual needs before deciding on the type of outdoor heating options that will work best for you and your family.