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Outdoor Living Spaces

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Outdoor living spaces in Toronto have become de rigeur. Everyone and anyone has realized the vast potential and real enjoyment quotient inherent in using their backyard as an extension of their regular living quarters. Not only does extending your living to the outdoors mean that you are creating an even larger space for hosting summertime events, but you are making it a place that you want to use. Forget about the plastic garden chairs and sprinklers of your youth, today’s backyards have taken on a life of their own.

Although you might think that you need a large backyard or lots of land to create an outdoor living space, this is far from true. All you need is a bit of imagination and the willingness to see beyond what’s already there. Even if you live in a condo with nothing more than a balcony or a rooftop terrace as outdoor space, there are ways to transform what you have into something magical.


Even the tiniest of balconies can be a refuge from the world. Great ideas include adding some kind of flooring whether it be as simple as a throw-rug or even some easy-to-assemble wood tiles, laying a floor covering can change the look of your balcony. Adding a couple of potted plants or flower boxes will also create the illusion of a garden regardless of where you are. Another fun element that will bring your balcony to life are light features such as lanterns, candles or torches. Here is a good list of fun ideas to brighten your balcony //bit.ly/1HVxBi0.


Decks are any raised surface attached to or near your home. They can be made from wood, composite materials or concrete. Patios are laid directly on the ground and are generally made from stone although they can also be made of wood or concrete. Both structures are ideal for creating an outdoor living room as often they are attached to the home and are easily accessible. Adding a pergola, an awning (if attached to the home) or a gazebo are great ideas as they provide shelter from the elements and can create a very cozy atmosphere. If your deck or patio is large enough, you can create sections by using different design elements including the creation of a bar, using tall planters to create divisions or by placing furniture strategically.

Again here, using some form of ground covering can also help to create divisions on your deck or patio and can add a splash of colour or enhance your overall design while a great lighting plan will also go a long way to creating the perfect mood.

Luxe Accessories

The real key to creating an outdoor living room or kitchen is to have luxurious patio accessories. Whether you hunt for treasures that you can restore to use in your design or whether you buy your favorites items, choosing the right fabrics, textures and colours will go a long way towards making your outdoor space inviting. A good link to some interesting ideas can be found over here //bit.ly/1g8ht5X.


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