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Staycations: How to Transform an Outdoor Space into a Relaxing Retreat


Interior designers can help create outdoor sanctuaries for the perfect staycation

Vancouver, BC - July 26, 2010 - With the summer season is in full swing, interior designers are often asked to transform outdoor spaces into functional and enjoyable retreats. After an economically uncertain 2009, vacations have been replaced with "staycations" and home owners are focusing on creating resort-like exteriors in their own backyards.

Outdoor Living Rooms

Patios, decks and even balconies are finally being treated as an extension of the indoor living room. Functionality, style and relaxation are the key elements in creating the perfect outdoor lounge combined with durability for minimum upkeep. Traditional wicker furniture has been replaced with updated resin wicker where synthetic resin strands that are woven around durable aluminum frames that are lightweight and can withstand a variety of climates. The new wicker is seen as deep seated sectional sofas, spacious armchairs and reclining loungers for a modern take on patio furniture. Other popular materials include teak and aluminum which are both very durable and stylish. Coffee tables made out of stone and tempered glass tops create a sophisticated feel that brings the indoors, out.

Interior Design Tips for the Outdoors

Outdoor fabric has also come along way and is available in the trendiest colour palettes and patterns. It is important to choose fabrics that are resistant to water, mold and resist fading in sunlight to last through the seasons. As well, an outdoor rug made from heavy duty synthetic fibres will help anchor the seating area. Incorporate an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to provide warmth and ambiance on those chilly nights. For those with a larger budget, take a look at the amazing outdoor flat screen LCD televisions. All models will withstand the weather and have anti-reflective tempered glass for outdoor viewing. Treat these outdoor havens like you would an interior and accessorize with accent pillows, plants and sculpture to complete the look.

Think you have what it takes to be an interior designer? Fill out the form to your right for more information on the Interior Design diploma program at VCAD.