Backyards got a new look during Covid-19 as more and more people spent time outdoors. Those upgraded outdoor living spaces are still going strong and if you want to make yours comfortable for your San Francisco home — for summer-like weather wherever it might appear throughout the year — then thinking about it as an extended living room is one place to start.
Even a small space can get comfortable by taking a cue from outdoor living trends. If you are thinking of selling your San Francisco house, these tips can also be helpful to think about getting your home ready to appeal to buyers.
It’s probably no surprise to hear that eco-friendly materials are on-trend for any part of your home and backyards are no exception. You can think green by making upgrades that use natural materials like bamboo, and recycled materials, and avoid plastic.
You can go to a local surplus supplies store to find materials like shipping crates that can be used for tables or sitting areas topped with comfortable cushions.
You can even take items from inside your house that you are no longer using and give them a place in your backyard — as long as you keep them covered in mist and rain.
Outdoor areas are becoming design areas of their own with all-weather rugs and pillows to make them even more comfortable.
You can mix materials with printed fabric elements along with bamboo or rattan, to give your yard an eclectic and modern look. Bohemian accessories like a hammock or macramé plant holders can take it up a level.
Make It Comfortable
Say goodbye to uncomfortable patio chairs and hello to outdoor furniture that is more similar to the furniture that you have in your living room. Comfort is the key to outdoor living spaces in San Francisco and across the country in 2022 and the more comfortable the better.
Pillows and oversized chairs and even bean bags can give your outdoor area something extra that you and your guests will love. To make those San Francisco summers more comfortable and take the chill off, you can also bring in a small fire pit.
Go for one that’s built in the ground — that can be an added feature when selling your house — or one that can be moved in a storage area when you aren’t using it.
Let There Be Light
A fire pit can also have the advantage of adding light to your outdoor space. String lights are another timeless outdoor staple and adding them to your backyard can make it a space to use from day to night.
Aside from string lights, candles on your outdoor table, or stake lights in planters can give a layered look to your lighting. You may also want lighting that you can move to a different part of your yard depending on how many people you are hosting and how much lighting you’ll need.
With the mild weather in San Francisco, your outdoor space isn’t limited to summer gatherings. These upgrades can give it a modern look to make it a true extension of your backyard too.
Get creative by starting with a few key pieces such as upgrading your outdoor furniture and then go from there.