It may feel a bit nippy outside, but, with these inspirational backyard design ideas for winter, you’ll have the month of May all season long. One of the most creative ways to make use of a backyard space during cold weather conditions is to create a fully customized outdoor living space centered around the fire. We’ll walk you through some of our favorite ideas to help you get started.
Outdoor Structures – It all starts with the pergola. With this open-air structure, you can turn any backyard deck or patio into its very own room. We recommend supplementing the structure with colorful curtains that match this year’s Pantone color trends to minimize the blowing of the winter winds in style:
- Riverside Blue
- Airy Blue
- Aurora Red
- Warm Taupe
- Dusty Cedar
- Lush Meadow
- Spicy Mustard
- Potter’s Clay
- Bodacious Pink
Lighting – Next, it’s time to liven up the space with accent lighting. Consider stringing LED lighting around the roof and ceiling of the pergola. Tabletop lanterns and glow orbs are also another elegant way to set the mood. If it’s snowing outside, ice luminaries can be a fun project for you DIY mavens out there:
- Buy balloons and fill them up with water.
- Place the water-filled balloons in the freezer for several hours.
- Carefully remove the balloon rubber from the ice spheres.
- Put battery-operated tea lights into waterproof baggies and hold them underneath the ice spheres.
- Place the now illuminated ice balls in the snow (or use a thick cloth for support on solid surfaces).
Heating – Stay warm this season with a fire bowl or fire pit located in the center of the pergola. You can jazz it up with some beautiful fire glass to complement the centerpiece as well. Alternatively, an outdoor fireplace makes a great companion for relaxing and entertaining, too. Other items you can use to make your fire stand out include:
- Lava Rocks
- Fire Shapes
- Fire Pit Logs
- Fire Stones
- Fire Balls
Don’t forget to use a vinyl or metal fire pit cover to protect your investment during harsher weather conditions.
If you’re still feeling chilly, think about throwing in a heater or heat lanterns around the pergola for extra warmth (and be sure to stay safe by making sure heaters and lanterns are kept at a reasonable distance from curtains and other flammable materials).
Furniture – Pull the space together with furniture around the fire. Depending on the size of your space, there are many sophisticated options to choose from, including sofas, love seats, chaise longues, ottomans, gliders, and more. Keep in mind that furniture made from strong materials like steel can get very cold during the winter, so it is best to opt for soft, cushioned pieces to place atop metal-made furniture. Not to mention, it’s way cozier!
For more backyard design inspiration, visit our exclusive image gallery. There, you will find photos of everything from fire pits to outdoor patios, and much more. When you’re ready to get started, Starfire Direct is here to help! Call us today at (866) 578-8538.
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