Have you developed a minimalist frame of mind in recent years about your life? That might be reflected in the interior design of your home by eliminating accumulated clutter, including in your furniture. If you haven’t completed your minimalism journey, you might want to take it outdoors next and provide the same philosophy around your patio and yard. Your guests may appreciate this aesthetic, especially if you already have a showplace that some may think is already excessive.
What kind of ideas should you use in the way of patio furniture and basic layout? By specific placement of certain items, you can create a balance of space that provides plenty of room to move around when guests are plentiful.
The Benefits of a Shed
Placing a basic shed in one corner of your yard can help get various outdoor items that take up too much space out of the way. This includes tools that you might leave out in the open, sprinklers, or even a barbecue grill when not using it during the winter. The more items you can store away, the more wide open spaces you can open up to show off your minimalist philosophy. It also gives more room for guests to mingle around the yard without having obstacles.
Try to build your shed in a way so it blends in naturally with the surroundings. Placing it in a corner of the yard and making it as small as possible provides a good start in providing room for other minimalist design.
Minimalist Patio Furniture
Do you really need that elaborate table and chair set? What about that outdoor couch that takes up so much time to maintain each winter? Some of those items can look pretentious, even if it works for some people based on yard configurations. As a minimalist, however, you should only think about seating that you really need. Four chairs may be all that’s needed in most basic guest situations. You can usually find patio chairs with minimalist designs so they become nearly transparent rather than ostentatious.
One of the most efficient methods is to build a gazebo and place seating inside. These don’t take up much room, can be placed in another quadrant of the yard, plus protects guests from the weather.
The Popularity of Solar Lighting
Lighting in outdoor spaces can sometimes be a problem if also very obtrusive. You can cut down on that clutter by using newer solar lighting solutions. Without needing to plug in, you can set these on tables or in strategic areas as an elegant way to provide mood lighting in an organic way. It also helps amend your minimalism in being eco-friendly, which is far from fringe any more.
Keeping Gardens Simple
Those who like to show off tend to start gardens that are overly busy and ultimately become too cluttered. You’re better off just planting a few plants and leaving more open space in your garden to gain a better response from your guests. When you can feature specific plants or trees in that more open space, it can become a conversation starter by those who normally don’t talk about gardens.
Doing all of these ideas in your outdoor space gives some sense of clarity to everything around your home. Just don’t take your minimalism to near austere levels that make you look like you’re trying to set an overly political or religious statement. This might turn off guests without showing that you still have some sense of enjoying good things for yourself and for the people you entertain.