You can make your outdoors cosy and snug, and here on Lanzarote you’re almost certain to be doing a lot of your living outside all year round. So how can you make your exterior space as warm, inviting and homely as indoors?
A warm outdoor space is little more than a fleeting summer reality for most people in northern Europe, but on Lanzarote the endless sunshine means that life outdoors is something that can be enjoyed almost every day of the year. It may be a patio or a balcony.
It may even be a flat rooftop, cleaned up and waterproofed to protect the home beneath, and decorated with plants and shade-providers, but the most important thing is that you feel calm, peaceful and contented there as you sit in the Canarian warmth.
The key concepts are havens and shady retreats where you can relax and be yourself. There’ll be sun traps for those who can’t get enough rays, or on those mornings and evenings when it’s a little cooler, but there will also be plenty of shade and relief.
Shade is at a premium on Lanzarote, but there are many ways in which you can provide your exterior space with cool shadows and low light. Pergolas, and white dividing walls are perennially popular, but do get the professionals in, as they require careful planning and positioning, and you only want to do it once. The result, however, can be stunning.
Parasols are a more portable solution, but they offer the perfect refuge from sunshine. Just remember that shade usually involves large areas of fabric or material, and these must be well-anchored against the wind and breezes of Lanzarote.
Trees are another classic shade solution. On this island jacarandas, mimosas and pepper trees provide not only shade, but fragrance and delicate beauty. In your outdoor space, plants are likely to be an elemental part of creating a cosy, welcoming and beautiful environment.
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