Winter is here: it’s colder, darker and everyone wants to go inside and take cover until spring. However, just because the snow has arrived, doesn’t mean your backyard, patio or balcony has to go into hibernation too. Here are some tips on how you can utilize your outdoor space this winter.
Published December 19, 2018, Updated December 01, 2021
Bring on the Heat
One surefire way to guarantee that you utilize your backyard once the snow has fallen and temperatures have dropped is to bring on the heat. Cozy up around an outdoor fireplace or heat lamps. Or keep it simple with a fire pit. Don’t forget the marshmallows.
How’s this for an outdoor patio idea? If you’re cozying up outside with a cup of tea, you’re going to want to take cover from the wind and snow. Adding a roof onto an existing patio or investing in a pergola will ensure you utilize your outdoor space all year long. You’ll definitely use it in the summer too.
Keep it Cozy
You’re not going to want to use your backyard or balcony in the wintertime if all that’s out there is your standard summer patio furniture. Add some charm to the space with warm rugs, blankets and cushions. Also, if your outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements, make sure they’re weather-resistant. Need some inspiration? Check out these beautiful winter wreaths and outdoor decor ideas to display all season long.
Add Some Colour
Make your outdoor patio more appealing and inviting by adding some colourful plants that bloom in the winter. Japanese quince, pansies, dogwood and heather are all popular wintertime plants. Here are 20 more indoor and outdoor plants that will flower in the winter.
Flip and Grill
Don’t let the snow stop you from continuing to use your barbecue. Invite your friends to your outdoor kitchen for a hot toddy, while you grill up your delicious wintertime feast. But before you plan your holiday meal, here’s the correct (and simple) way to clean your barbecue.
Light it Up
The first true sign of winter is when it gets dark before dinnertime. So, in order to encourage you to use your outdoor space after nightfall, invest in more than just the standard porch light. Think string lights, solar lights or even candles. It’ll bring some much-needed light and warmth to the space.
Enjoy the Outdoors
One definite way you’ll use your outdoor space in the snow and cold is by planning fun wintertime activities. Whether you think big (an ice rink or sledding track) or small (think: snow angels and snowmen), your backyard will thank you for not abandoning it all winter. Want more inspiration? Check out this Ontario house that has it’s own private hockey arena.