3 Tips for Creating an Outdoor Living Space
Create an outdoor living space that is inspirational with these design tips.
When temperatures heat up, our thoughts turn to time in the great outdoors. However, you don't have to hit the trails to get a breath of fresh air. You can enjoy the wonders of nature right in your own backyard. This outdoor living space becomes a much more pleasant environment when you put some thought and planning into creating a space that is comfortable, functional and stylish. This article has the tips you need to create an outdoor living space in which you will love to spend time.
Create Outdoor "Rooms"
As you plan your outdoor living space, think about how the space is used indoors. Your home's interior is divided into rooms that each serve a different purpose. You can do the same with your outdoor living space. Pick an area to serve as your al fresco dining room, complete with a large table and chairs. Choose a quiet reading spot somewhere near your flower beds for solitary relaxation and meditation. If entertaining is your passion, make sure your backyard reflects that with a conversation area for guests and a place to serve food and drinks. By defining a purpose for each of your outdoor "rooms" you will have natural direction when it comes to decorating them.
Create Focal Points
Each "room" in your yard should also have a focal point from which you can design the rest of the space. The entertaining area might revolve around a large in-ground pool, with the furnishings and landscape all working together to complement that structure. A conversation area can begin with a beautifully ornate fire pit that adds warmth and ambiance to your space. Surround the fire pit with some cushioned chairs or loveseats and you will have a warm spot for guests to while away the evening hours. A dining area will center on the table and chairs you choose, and may include the addition of a parasol for shade or potted plants for color.
Each living area in your outdoor space should be awash with a palette of coordinating colors that are incorporated through the landscape, hardscape and furnishings for the area. For example, a pool filled with blue glass tiles will look perfectly lovely surrounded by white iron furniture with blue patterned cushions. Add some concrete urns with blue and pink flowers to soften the effect. A fire pit may look lovely in the midst of splashes of red and gold from pots of marigolds to red cushions on the loveseats. An outdoor living space should be alive with vibrant color, so don't be afraid to bathe your space in a couple of complementary hues.
Creating an outdoor living space may seem like a challenging prospect when you are gazing upon a vast expanse of lawn or a large in ground pool. However, by dividing up the space into livable "rooms" and creating focal points within those spaces, you have laid the groundwork for a backyard filled with function, style and extreme comfort.