Q: With cooler climes here, I'd like to redo my home's outdoor space. Any ideas?

A: Starting off, using the upcoming festivities as inspiration for your themes can be a great help. Deciding on what to use depends on the amount of space available. For now, we will focus on lighting, as it is crucial for any outdoor activity, especially if conducted after working hours. Now that we have the two fundamentals decided, we can combine them and redo outdoor space accordingly. Your themes could range from celebrating the opening of the Dubai Expo; using warm colours to light up your pumpkin carvings for Halloween; lighting diyas for Diwali; using black, red, white, and green lights to celebrate 50 years of the UAE; and finally moving towards Christmas and celebrating New Years.

With the lighting and themes set, you can add the patio furniture according to your outdoor space. For apartments with a balcony, keeping artificial plants with a couple of chairs to relax and enjoy the view could liven up your space.

If you have garden space, you have more choices depending on what you’d like to use the outdoor space for.

If it’s to host elaborate pool parties with friends, a swimming pool with several pool beds, artificial grass and sturdy furniture work well.

If you are planning to use the space to kick back and relax, opt for a more elegant landscape with solid wooden floors leading up to a smartly furnished gazebo decorated with flowers of your choice. For both these choices, an extensive barbecue grill set is a good addition.

In conclusion, an outdoor space’s design, decoration and structure could vary from person to person; thus making it more fun and unique as it allows for adding your own spin and creativity to the themes that you share with your friends and family.

Adel Sajan is group managing director of the Danube Group. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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