Furnishing and decorating a terrace looks simple, and there is a tendency to believe that it does not require the same commitment as an interior space. But to get an outdoor environment genuinely successful, you must pay attention to different details. Habitissimo experts have identified several common mistakes that must be avoided to achieve a perfect terrace to spend the summer.
1. Do not immediately decide to use the terrace
The first question to ask to avoid mistakes when furnishing the terrace is the use you want to give it. Having clear ideas from the beginning helps a lot in the design process. Then you’ll have to make decisions, maybe even give up on an initial picture if you don’t have enough space to carry it out or if it’s incompatible with the terrace itself. If you don’t know precisely what you’ll use, the deck is better to act calmly, inserting some elements that can be easily integrated into future choices.
2. Not adequately lighting the terrace
THE terrace lighting is one of the most neglected aspects when considering this space. In order not to be without or with little light, it is necessary to plan, depending on the terrace structure and the predominant use of that space. In addition to essential lighting that allows good vision, it uses decorative lights like strings of lamps and some lanterns to give a special touch to summer nights.
3. Using the inappropriate outdoor furniture
Decorating the exterior requires a process similar to furnishing an interior. However, this does not mean that furniture designed to provide the living room or dining is also suitable for the terrace. When it comes to materials and finishes, they must be weather resistant, for example.
4. Not respecting the proportions
It doesn’t matter if the terrace is small or large; so that the environment is harmonious, the dimensions of what will fit must be carefully selected. The entire space with bulky furniture can make the terrace uncomfortable. Calculate the distance needed to obtain a good effect, even delimit the different areas with outdoor rugs.
5. Making mistakes when choosing plants
In the wave of enthusiasm, there is a risk of choosing without overthinking which species are most adapted to the local climate and, more specifically, to the terrace exposure. Another of the easiest mistakes that can be made is placing too many plants on the terrace or, on the contrary, placing too few. To avoid making mistakes, it is necessary to establish which terrace areas will be used for vegetation.
6. Not thinking about sun protection
One of the most “serious” mistakes that can be made when furnishing a terrace is not protecting it from the sun. The risk is that it becomes an unusable space, especially in the middle of the day when it is boiling. On the other hand, your awnings, pergolas, or umbrellas design allow you to enjoy this space protected from the sun’s rays, also helping you have more privacy.
7. Not investing in terrace decoration
It’s a widespread mistake to decorate the terrace: don’t be too careful when choosing all those decorative elements like pillows, rugs, vases, lamps, and umbrellas. However, precisely, these details give the terrace its style and make it comfortable. To create a cozy atmosphere, it is unnecessary to overdo the accessories. Instead, identifying some striking elements and placing them next to more basic ones can be a good strategy.