Designing an outdoor living space increases your home’s value and gives you and your family a comfortable place to relax. Take a look at some design tips below.
Wouldn’t you just love to create more living space for your home?
Anyone can transform their ordinary backyard into an outdoor living space that gives you and your family a comfortable place to relax or spend some time with close friends.
Follow these design tips to add an outdoor space that will bring value to your home and a comfortable place you can use year-round.
Find Level Ground
If you have a porch, patio, or deck then you can create your outdoor living space on that surface. If not, find an area in your yard that looks flat. Check to make sure your lawn is even and if not, make sure to level it out before beginning.
Once the lawn is leveled you’ll want to create the flooring for your outdoor living area. Natural materials, such as gravel or stone pavers, look best outside and will blend nicely with your other landscaping.
Your interior living spaces have walls and you’ll need to recreate that sense of enclosure for your outdoor living area as well.
You can create this by defining the perimeter of your space using an existing balcony rail, wall, fence, or hedge. You can also make a new barrier by adding some shrubs or potted plants which will give the effect of a wall.
You will also want to create an overhang, such as a trellis or pergola if you don’t already have a roof overhang, to provide some shelter to your outdoor space. It won’t be comfortable to spend time outside if you’re exposed to the direct sun or rain.
Bring the Living Room to Your Outdoor Living Space
Once you have the floor and walls established to create your space it’s time to start adding furniture and accessories.
Add furnishings that are relaxed and comfortable. A swing or hammock, love seat or swivel chairs would be perfect for you and your guests.
In order to create a usable outdoor space, Josie Dunn from Resort Style Bean Bags says to have comfortable seating that is arranged in a way that supports conversation. You can create this arrangement by adding a large outdoor area rug to use as an anchor point while also giving the space a warm feel.
Create some mood lighting for when you want to enjoy the outdoor living area after the sun goes down by placing lanterns on tables or hang them from the ceiling.
Finally, its time to finish off the look by adding some accessories to your space. Colorful throw pillows for the chairs and love seat will add a nice pop of color. Add a framed mirror to the exterior of your house wall to create the illusion of more space. Potted plants are another great addition.
Are You Ready to Get Started?
Hopefully, after reading these design tips on how to create a functional outdoor living space you’re ready and excited to get started.
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