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24 Sep 2017

Toronto

By Gracie Carroll

7 Tips To Create An Outdoor Oasis According To An Expert Interior Designer

By Edit Seven

Gloria Song-Foster on her patio

With the warm weather upon us, it’s time we enjoy the sun outdoors. But, it can be uninviting to stay in our backyard or balcony when it’s poorly designed or the space isn’t maximized. Enter Gloria Song-Foster, designer and CEO of White Dahlia Design. Gloria’s business is built on the mission to help people live a “well-designed life.” For her, your space should elevate the way you live and that home design should be integrated to help with your mental health, family relationships, and creativity. According to her, your home should not just be a beautiful space, but should also help you live the life you want. Lucky for us, Gloria shared her 7 tips and ideas to create an outdoor oasis you’d want to stay at, whether you have a small balcony or a big backyard!

Keep reading to find out how to create your own outdoor oasis at home!

Tip 1: Invest in multifunctional furniture

multifunctional furniture

If you have a small balcony, a coffee table that can double as seating or storage will help you utilize the space. And, in a backyard, furniture that also doubles as storage can help hide the kids’ toys or gardening tools, leaving your space clear when entertaining.

Tip 2: Add plants

add plants to create an outdoor oasis

Adding greenery will immediately make your space more inviting. You can also bring in a specific colour palette with flowers, which can tie in this season’s trends at a small cost.

Tip 3: Vertical gardens (real or artificial)

vertical garden for balcony

Green walls are an efficient way of using space vertically and creating an interesting talking point, no matter how big or small. Bonus: they also offer added privacy and help eliminate noise. For something that’s more low maintenance, consider an artificial hedge.

Tip 4: Utilize accessories

accessories for outdoor oasis

Fill the gaps of your space, and add your own personal style with cushions, throws, and rugs. Choose your colour palette ahead of time to be efficient when shopping, and look at soft textures to add comfort to your space.

Check out how Gloria Song-Foster utilized the use of accessories for a Toronto condo balcony.

Tip 5: Invest in furniture covers

invest in furniture covers

Not the most exciting purchase, but covers will help keep your furniture safe over the winter months and cut down maintenance or repairs and replacements year after year. They will also allow you to store your furniture outside instead of having to find space in your condo or home.

Tip 6: Design for your lifestyle and needs

design for your lifestyle

Think about how you will use the space: Drinks al fresco? Ensure you have table surfaces for your beverages. Yoga outside? Create a space and storage for your equipment. Love to read in the sunshine? Create a comfy nook with a chair and pillow. Once you identify your needs, creating a space flows easily.

Tip 7: Finish it off with lighting

outdoor lanterns for your outdoor oasis

Custom lighting immediately elevates your space. If you are working with a smaller footprint, add string lighting above. If you have room to spare, lanterns add an elegant design element while introducing ambient lighting. Avoid LED lights, as they can be brightly harsh; soft lighting will introduce a romantic touch to your own outdoor oasis.

xo

@EDITSEVEN

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