The Creativity of an Outdoor Living Space
The design options are practically endless when it comes to creating the concept for your outdoor living space. The aim is to add an informal setting that’s purely designed for entertainment and relaxation, in contrast to your home office or gym where productivity and work are the priorities.
Before coming up with a creative design, consider practicalities, such as whether it’s best to attach your outdoor living space to the house or create a freestanding outdoor space. Consider whether continuity is an issue, and keep in mind that when it comes to selling your property, matching the design to the rest of your property will be a selling point.
Finally, decide on the theme for your outdoor space. Here are some design ideas to inspire you:
- Add a built-in bench with a water fountain or fire pit area as a focal point.
- Attach string lights around the windows and hang them from the ceiling for a fairytale aesthetic.
- For large spaces, you can include an outdoor kitchen and create an outdoor dining area for dining al fresco.
- Add a coffee table, plush pillows, an outdoor rug and lounge chairs for an outdoor living room.
- Add a hot tub and fire pits with outdoor string lights for a resort-at-home vibe.
Outdoor Living Spaces Add a Health Element
When it comes to children, spending time in outdoor living spaces is associated with a lower risk of nearsightedness. This is thought to be associated with higher levels of vitamin D and having stronger muscles from spending time playing outside.
In adults, there’s good evidence to suggest that spending time outside lowers the risk of eyestrain and could help slow the natural deterioration of vision that occurs as we age. Outdoor living inspires you to focus on beautiful flowers and plants in your close range of vision and zoom out to focus on birds and faraway views. Viewing objects at a range of distances is one of the best ways to maintain eye health, especially for those who use screens on a daily basis.
An Outdoor Kitchen on your Deck or Patio
One of the most popular ways to use an outdoor living space for entertainment and relaxation is the outdoor kitchen. This outdoor room is functional and fun, depending on how much the people in your household love to cook. For foodies, having a kitchen on the backyard patio is an absolute dream. When the weather is good, you can cook all your meals and enjoy them in the great outdoors.
Entertain with your Outdoor Living Space
Another popular use of an outdoor living room is throwing dinner parties and gatherings for friends and family. Outdoor spaces are the best for parties because you don’t need to worry as much about cleaning up or potential damage to your favorite indoor ornaments. Gatherings thrown in the garden always feel extra-special and never fail to impress.