Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Living Room

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In our article, Designing Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen, you learned how to create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. In this article, we have some tips for you about how to design the perfect outdoor living room. What better way to complement your outdoor kitchen than with a gorgeous and cozy outdoor living room? It’ll be your family’s new favourite hangout! 

Where to Start

Define Your Space

The best place to start is by deciding where and how big your outdoor living room will be. Consider the available space, its layout, and how it aligns with your lifestyle and needs. Whether it’s a deck, patio, or even a corner of your garden, understanding the dimensions and limitations of your space will help you make informed design decisions.

Comfort is Key

Just like an indoor living room, comfort is crucial in your outdoor space. However, this can be a little more difficult given that it’s outside. You’ll need to look at and invest in weather-resistant furniture pieces – not just comfortable ones. Opt for cushions and pillows made from durable, fade-resistant materials that can withstand the elements. You should also incorporate a shade structure or umbrella to provide relief from the sun.

Add & Incorporate Greenery

Since it’s outside, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Try to integrate the greenery that’s already in your yard. If that’s lacking, get some plants – real or artificial. Strategically placed potted plants, hanging baskets, or a vertical garden can add freshness and enhance the overall aesthetic. Plus, plants can be used to add extra privacy. Be sure to choose plants that thrive in your local climate and consider their maintenance requirements.

Lighting for Function & Ambience

Proper lighting is essential for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your outdoor living room. Install a combination of task lighting, such as string lights or lanterns, for functional purposes, and ambient lighting, such as sconces or torches, for a cozy ambiance. You might even consider solar-powered lighting options for energy efficiency.

Create Different Zones

If you have the space or the need, consider creating distinct zones within your outdoor living room. You can use area rugs, decorative screens, planters, and room dividers to establish different zones while maintaining a cohesive design. For example, you could include a dining area for meals, a lounging area for relaxation, and a play area for children. 

Outdoor Entertainment

Finally, don’t forget the entertainment! Transform your outdoor living room into an entertainment hub by incorporating features like an outdoor kitchen (if you don’t have one yet!), a built-in grill, or an outdoor fireplace. A fireplace could be good if you live in a cooler climate. Either, these elements not only enhance the functionality of your space but also create opportunities for socializing and making memories with friends and family.

Start Designing Your Outdoor Living Room with Team Harding

Designing your outdoor living room requires careful thought and consideration of your space, comfort, and style preferences. When you start with a clear plan and get the right accessories, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor living area that transforms your backyard and elevates your outdoor lifestyle. Embrace the outdoors and enjoy your very own outdoor sanctuary!

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