For a lot of people, maximizing the summer months means spending as much time outdoors as they possibly can. The cold, frigid months of Canadian winters will really make you appreciate the warm, beautiful weather in June, July and August. But you wouldn’t be always going to the park for a picnic, or on a trail for a hike, or the beach for a day in the sun. The best way to truly maximize the summer season is by making use of the outdoor space in your yard or balcony. By adding some outdoor furniture pieces and maybe some motorized window treatments to this space, you can really create a comfortable place for you to spend a lot of time and enjoy the blissful, outdoor summer air.
Work with the Space you Have
Outdoor spaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From cozy balconies to large backyards that have decks and pools, there are so many types to account for. There is, however, a way to go about dressing these spaces that will allow you to enjoy them the most during summer’s warm blissful months. Comfort is to your preferences in the same way that beauty is to the eye of the beholder, that is to say, it’s all about how you like space to set up.
However, you still have to work within the parameters that you are given, for example, if you have a balcony that is roughly 8 feet by 5, you can ill afford to have an entire set of patio furniture plus a full-sized grill. Even if you have a large patio, there are other things to keep in mind such as child safety if you are a parent. So with some of these in mind, let’s explore some ways you can keep your outdoor space comfortable for you.
Bistro sets are small sets of patio chairs that are accompanied by a table. Think of them as a small dining arrangement for 2 to 4 people. It does not take up too much space and makes for a wonderful setup that allows you and a few others to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea together while taking in the sunlight.
Finding the perfect furniture set for your outdoors is what will contribute most to your comfort levels. For example, if you have a pool in your backyard, then getting pool-side chairs will be complimentary. If you are the type to host a lot of barbeques, then an outdoor dining set will work best. If you like to lounge around, then get an outdoor couch set. The point is, whatever it is you like to do outdoors, work around that preference.
Provide Coverage from the Sun
While enjoying the summer’s warmth, you still don’t want to be overexposing yourself to too much sunlight. You can stop direct sunlight from coming from above by setting up an awning, an umbrella, or a deck roof. But sunlight can still come through the sides, especially during the early or late hours of the day when the sun is further to the east or the west. To help cover the sides, we suggest a type of outdoor window covering- outdoor solar roller shades.
Outdoor solar shades are graded to handle the outdoors, with the materials being able to withstand the rain, wind and temperatures. Solar shades have fabrics that can handle the elements allowing them to be durable and not need a repair or replacement every so often.
Now one of the ways you can really upgrade your comfort levels outdoors is with motorized outdoor solar shades. They are a type of large motorized blind and are part of a group of home automation technologies called smart homes. They are controllable with a remote control or with smart technology like your smartphone. The advantage this provides is that you can control the blinds even while you are away from the house and set it up just the way you want it before you get home. That way, your outdoor space is already at an optimal set-up before you get there, giving you even further comfort levels.
Beautiful Canadian Summers
Canadian winters can be long and difficult and depending on where you live, Canadian summers can be short. But that does not mean you can’t make the most of them. So why not create the most comfortable space for yourself in the limited time that you have? Set up your backyard, deck or balcony in the most comfortable way that you can and enjoy the beautiful Canadian summer.