Cold weather usually equals staying inside of your house and avoiding your yard until it gets warmer. It doesn’t have to be the case for you – by switching things up a bit you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. Bring the living room outside, grab a hot drink, and breathe in the fresh air while basking under the winter sun.
The most important factor to solve when refurbishing your yard for a winter delight is to introduce heat. And what better way than to install a fire pit? The camping style, the fairy tales, the campfire stories, and the roasted marshmallows most certainly make you want to spend revoke the old times in similar conditions. You could opt for a built-in pit or an elevated one that can be easily removed and stored away during warmer months. It can be a part of the outdoor seating area.
You don’t need to light a fire to feel warm. There are some effective and still stylish alternatives, like an outside heater that runs on gas. Standing lamps also add to the flexibility of space, since they are easy to move around. But you could still install them on the walls or ceiling to not lose on the floor space. There are also faux fireplaces if you have an electrical plug nearby. These fancy heaters have a great effect on the winter-themed design. Even if you don’t have the real fire, you can still bring a mountain cabin vibe to your home.
Even if you cannot use the pool during the cold season, you could have a different type of pool party during winter. When planning pool renovations, it is not a bad idea to plan out a separate part of the pool that can be heated. A hot tub is a great way to have a mini spa at home that soothes the cold skin and sore muscles from a day out in winter weather. Be sure, however, to add a cover not to soil the water with leaves and other debris that can fall into the water.
Covered porch, patio, or gazebo
To be able to stay outside even when there is snow or rain, you’d best cover your space. The space will be more aesthetically pleasing, and the possibility of a glass ceiling can provide a special romantic moment each evening with a view of the night sky. The cover can ensure that your time spent outside can go on not depending on the weather conditions. It won’t be useful only during winter since a covered patio in the summer months can provide shade, much appreciated during summer months. Sliding doors could be additional protection from the wind and showers.
Blankets and pillows
The main sign of the cold weather is the constant need for warmth. Therefore, additions like cozy pillows and fuzzy blankets are a must that will majorly affect the looks of your winter outdoors area. Picture Sherpa blankets and woolen pillows spread on wooden porches in front of the fire pit, whereas the snow is slowly falling. Everything around you is going still until you can hear only wood cracking while being burned. Not to have them in the open all winter, insert storage for it. If you don’t have space for it, consider making a sitting place with a storage room – this way all the sofas, chairs, or benches will have double use, while you won’t lose the comfort of having a carefully designed outdoor space.
Light fixtures can add to the holiday spirit and at the same time help you, and your guests navigate when the dark falls. You can install lighting on the tree that looks nice with or without leaves, or you can take low light trails around your backyard, the perimeter of the patio, or the gazebo. Even lanterns around the house entrance and sitting area add to the vintage boho style of your patio. An overhead string of outdoor bistro lights works wonders to cast soft light below, bringing starts closer to you.
With the colder weather, the last leaves are falling, colorful flowers have wilted long ago, leaving empty branches above you and dark ground under your feet. You can still liven up your backyard. Look up native or year-round plant species that will add green to your outdoor sitting area, or the ones that thrive in your garden’s winter conditions. Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Geranium, Tea tree are only some of the species that will give color all year round.
Warm colored décor
In the end, go to the warm and loud colors with the details. Reds, goldens, silvers, bright greens, and purples – many colors that contribute to the holiday spirit are a good match for your winter décor. Take the time to choose the color scheme that goes with your home and backyard so that you enjoy your holiday-inspired fairy tale all winter.
Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer, and her ultimate passion is art and architecture. She is also a bibliophile and her favorite book is “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner.