Today many homeowners see their patios, decks, yards and outdoor spaces as an extension of the inside of their home. Outdoor livings areas can unify space between the inside and outside so you can’t tell where one space ends and the other begins. When you extend your living space outside, you open up a world of possibilities and allow yourself more living space in general. Transform your deck or patio to the ultimate outdoor living room.
Determine The Purpose Of The Room
An outdoor living room provides a utilitarian space, one that is more like the indoors. Determine wants and needs, then prioritize. How will the space be used? An outdoor kitchen, a cozy nook for two, al fresco dining, a place to gather and entertain with family and friends, a quiet place to getaway, an outdoor theatre – the possibilities are endless.
See It As A Room
Don’t limit yourself or your imagination. This is room without walls, literally – well, initially at least. Sometimes people have difficulty seeing how such a room can be decorated but there are many options – simple pillars, structural walls, walls created from landscape elements or privacy walls. The choice is yours and be sure to consider your climate and the purpose of the room to help guide you.
Outdoor areas continue to grow in popularity as they are seen as a true extensions of your home. If it fits the purpose of the room consider a adding a bar or outdoor kitchen. These features are becoming more sought after as in-home entertaining becomes more prevalent. Incorporating outdoor cooking and entertaining allows you the convenience of hosting and serving your company in comfort while remaining in the mix of conversation.
Light Up The Night
People are naturally attracted to flame. Think of fire either as an anchor or centerpiece for the room. Setting a fire pit in the middle of the space creates a cozy focal point, while a fireplace just outside the perimeter brings natural warmth to the whole room and allows you to maximum use of square footage. Lanterns, solar lights, heaters or hanging lights add ambiance and warmth. And, don’t forget outdoor ceiling fans for the warmer climates – to help circulate air.
Pay Attention To Design & Detail
Pull in colors, textures and fabrics from the interior of your home to create a seamless transition. When choosing fabrics, fixtures and finishes consider all-weather materials that will stand up to the environment – moisture, dirt and extreme temperature ranges. Add to the aesthetics and ambiance of your new living space with hanging plants, outdoor rugs, art, potted plants, candles, wall or counter art, etc. The extension or addition of an outdoor living room is an investment – a relaxing and enjoyable one! Bring the outside in and turn your dream into reality.