It is well known that the most difficult space to furnish in the home is the terrace. This is mainly due to the dimensions, which are very often heterogeneous, preventing the best use of the entire surface area. Here are some tips to follow to optimise the space, creating a comfortable, beautiful environment in harmony with the interior. The terrace is the primary source of greenery, an oasis of relaxation, a place to receive friends or simply escape from the home. Especially for those who do not have a garden, the terrace is of fundamental importance to their daily well-being as well as an added value to the home.
First and foremost, it is essential to create an environment that has a common thread with the interior, in colours, lines, shapes and above all in style to convey a sense of continuity with the interior of the house to guests. A very important point that is sometimes underestimated in the design phase is sunlight. It is well known, in fact, that, especially in summer, temperatures do not encourage people to make use of balconies, but with the right solutions and small measures even this space can become a source of wellbeing and can be exploited even in the hottest periods. Pergolas, classic parasols, or curtains can make the terrace an ideal place to be enjoyed at any time of year, day or evening.
It is important to identify a privacy zone where the dining area can be placed with appropriate furniture in line with the environment.
In recent years, the terrace has become the highlight of the home, a place where one can take refuge to get away from daily stress and enjoy the idea of freedom that the terrace conveys. Hammocks, rockers, comfortable armchairs, tables and coffee tables, carpets, potted plants become a must to fully enjoy the terrace. Without neglecting the flooring.
The flooring, in fact, represents a fundamental element in the success of a functional and elegant terrace. Stoneware, terracotta, parquet or simple tiles can provide the right solution to every need. Strictly for outdoor use, such flooring is suitable for various weather conditions and can provide the right solution to every need.
Let us now examine one of the most interesting and impactful elements that we often underestimate. The lights. The right lighting, in fact, is fundamental to accompany our evenings and to give voice to every element that would go unnoticed if it were not enhanced in the evening hours. Light chains, cold lights, warm lights, coloured lights are the strong point of the perfect terrace and should never be placed casually.
Whether they are used to create a special atmosphere or simply to illuminate, lights should be chosen carefully and placed wisely. Atmospheric or recessed outdoor lights to create relaxation, colourful flying chains for parties or scented candles for romantic atmospheres.
Finally, let's not forget the most important element. A MUST for every balcony. The plants! The real stars of our outdoor spaces.
Their presence ensures a colourful and fragrant atmosphere that gives the room a touch of nature that has a positive effect on our psyche.
Placing them in appropriate places, watering them with irrigation systems and giving them the right light helps to keep our outdoor spaces lush and beautiful.
Let us now return to the furnishings that we only mentioned at the beginning of this article. Minimalism, in vogue in recent years, does not contemplate the presence of bulky elements but prefers functional and practical ones. Small tables, rocking chairs and folding chairs are in fact more practical if a quick rearrangement of the room is needed. Colours, on the other hand, should mostly be cool to give a feeling of freshness during the day and light in the evening. For larger terraces, one often opts for furnishings that include dining; hence, tables and chairs in large numbers of appropriate size. To this end, a storage area should be created to accommodate the various items in winter. The more fortunate may contemplate the idea of closing off the terrace with sliding glass windows and thus enjoy this precious environment all year round. To conclude, we can say that enhancing one's terrace with a few tricks or major works is the ideal solution to the garden alternative, providing added value to one's home and a better quality of life for those who live there by making it their personal refuge. With careful analysis during the design phase, it will be possible to exploit one's environment one hundred per cent.
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