5 Design Elements For Your Favorite Outdoor Living Space

Decorating your outdoor living space can become just as much of a labor of love as it is with any space on the inside of your home. Choosing a theme, finding all of the right pieces and putting the final touches on it once everything comes together is a lot to consider. With summer right around the corner and patio season upon us, we thought it would be a good idea to lay out our top 5 outdoor living essentials to make the most of your outdoor space.

Incorporate Natural Elements

Fire – Feel the warmth and ambience of fire in your outdoor living space when you add a wood-burning fireplace or a fire pit. They are both easy ways to create light, warmth and ambiance. A fireplace or fire pit will become the gathering place for friends and family, as well as a wonderful place to roast marshmallows. Fire elements can also be used on paths and terraces to add interest and drama to your yard.

Air – If you find yourself tired of the traditional outdoor fans, consider adding features that move with the wind. Wind chimes are a beautiful addition in your yard, on trees, and on porches. If the sound of a wind chime is not your preference, decorative spinners silently show the movement of the wind.

Earth – When you’re designing an outdoor room, think about what else you want to bring in with you. There are so many ways to add plants and nature to your patio or balcony. Hanging plants, herb gardens and potted trees are all awesome additions to your outdoor living room that help keep everything green all season long!

Water – Water features can be a beautiful addition to your yard, garden and patio. Whether it be a small water feature designed into a wall, or a pond with koi fish and lily pads you will want to enjoy it every day. The sound of flowing water is also very calming providing peace and tranquility in your own backyard!

Well-Defined Living Space

What say you about your outdoor space? Do you have a well-defined and planned out space, or is it just some random bits and pieces? You can divide your outdoor space up into different areas for different purposes, they don’t even have to be separate areas. For example, if your backyard is modestly sized, a grouping of seats around a fire pit is a great way to define a space.

Creating a seamless backyard space is a favorite pastime among homeowners. By defining several areas throughout your yard, you can add depth and dimension to your room and make it feel more like an extension of your home. A fireplace sitting area, breakfast nook, dining table, and reading nook all make great additions to any backyard design.

Your Sitting Area

A comfortable lounge space is an inviting place for your guests to rest. Arrange sofas and chairs to create a conversation area, then set up other furniture to create a dining or food preparation area. A focal point can be created by placing a fireplace or table with a decorative overhead lamp.

Don’t Forget The Shade

Outdoor living ideas can include plenty of protection from the sun. Ensure your outdoor spaces are protected from harmful UV rays by using retractable shades or screens that can be attached to your porch, shading areas where you might like to have a seating area. A pergola with vines growing across the top is not only a beautiful feature but it also creates a sense of enclosure and privacy.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Are you ready to make your outdoor living space just as much of a spot to lounge as it is a convenient way to get in and out of the rain? Adding an area rug can add bold color, while string lights can really set the tone with their ambient lighting. Add furniture such as coffee tables and side tables to create a true living space, then accessorize them with weatherproof decor items like cushions, candles, lanterns, flowerpots, and more!

By making a few simple changes to your outdoor living spaces, you can give them the same comfort and style in which we surround ourselves in our homes. Your new outdoor living areas will be more inviting and comfortable. It’s time to treat your outdoor space as you would your home!

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