Are You Enclosing Your Outdoor Patio?

Have you finally decided to enclose your outdoor patio? You might have had a bit of trouble coming to that decision. After all, the summer months ahead lend themselves to outdoor entertaining, right? And, yet, those summer days can be scorchers where you'd rather be inside with friends and family members. In addition, an outdoor event might be ruined when you have unexpected rain storms. You might have already considered all of that when you decided to make your outdoor part of the actual floor plan of your house. If that's the case, from selecting Hunter Douglas shutters to choosing the furniture for your enclosed patio, here are some ideas that might help you.

The Window Treatment - Have you thought of selecting shutters for your enclosed patio windows? Brands like Levolor, Blendsgalore, and Hunter Douglas all offer so many different styles of window shutters that you may have trouble selecting the ones you want. The good thing is that the shutters can be especially designed for any size or shape window you'll have in your enclosed patio. For example, if you want shutters for arched windows or if you want a sunburst design, that can easily happen.

Consider shutters for French doors that might separate the enclosed patio from the next room in your floor plan. For example, if you are hosting an event that includes both children and adults as guests, the French doors can be closed off so that the children can watch a great kid's movie in the enclosed patio while you adults visit in the next room. The great thing about shutters is that they'll go with any decor you select. They're affordable and easy to maintain, too.

The Furniture Selection - Have you selected a theme for your enclosed patio room? For example, you might have decided to bring an outdoor feeling into the room by choosing a garden theme. If so, think of selecting furniture with upholstery that has things like flowers, ferns, and birds as the focal point of the design. If you have chosen a beach theme, think of buying rattan or wicker furniture for your enclosed patio.

Decorate with your theme in mind. For example, if you went with a garden theme, think of framing paintings of flowers and of children playing in a beautiful garden setting. If you went with a beach theme, watercolors of things like fish or prints of lighthouses and sailboats would be very appropriate.