Having an outdoor space of your own in New York is truly a gift. Is there anything nicer than being able to sip an ice-cold glass of lemonade or your favorite cocktail with your feet kicked up in your own little outdoor retreat? Not every outdoor space comes ready-made for admiring sunsets or listening to the birds chirp, though. That’s why we’ve compiled these tips for helping you turn your outdoor space into an oasis – no matter how big or small it may be.

Give yourself some privacy

One of the simplest ways to upgrade your outdoor space and turn it into an oasis is to create privacy. If your outdoor space can be seen by all your neighbors, then it’s time to make it a little more private. For instant privacy, add a fence. You can install a privacy fence or create a living fence with plants such as evergreen shrubs. Other ways to add privacy to your outdoor space are with a trellis, pergola, foldable screen, or curtains.

Have a comfortable place to relax

To have an oasis, you need a place to relax and enjoy it. Even the tiniest balcony can accommodate at least one comfy place to sit. A small cafe table with two folding chairs can instantly turn a small balcony into the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee. A hammock can be strung between two trees, beckoning you to take an afternoon nap. A chaise lounge or two is great for sunbathing or reading a book. Make everything more comfortable with colorful throw pillows and a light blanket for those breezy nights.

Add shade

If your outdoor space feels too sun-baked, consider adding shade. This can be easily done in a number of ways. For those with loads of space, adding a beautiful shade tree can be just the ticket, such as an oak or a maple tree. But don’t worry if you’re only working with a few square feet, such as a balcony or terrace. You can add shade with a retractable awning, a large potted plant, or an outdoor umbrella. 

Don’t forget the plants

We promise you’ll enjoy your outdoor space more when you add plants. Whether planted in the ground or in containers, plants can make your space feel lush and cozy. They can also help to absorb sound and block unpleasant views. Be sure to choose plants that are appropriate for your conditions, taking the amount of light, wind, and rain into consideration. But if you don’t have a green thumb, it’s OK to choose faux plants to perk up your outdoor space. Many that are available today look just like the real thing.

Light it up

Finally, adding lights means you can enjoy your outdoor space any time of day. Create a cozy ambiance with string lights, hanging lanterns, and candles. Best of all, you don’t even need access to electricity as there are many types of solar lights and battery-operated lights available.

Contact Keller New York today

Do you dream of having an outdoor space of your own? Then browse our online listings and contact the Keller New York Bronx office at 718-697-6800 or the Eastchester – Scarsdale office at 914-713-3270 today. We’d love to introduce you to the home of your dreams!