Installing an outdoor living space is one of the biggest trends in home improvement right now. You can use an outdoor living room for a wide range of functions, with home offices and garden rooms proving popular with trendy homeowners. However, there’s another important reason to include an outdoor space indoors: for the well-being of you and your family. You can use it to relax, enjoy nature and entertain family and friends in a cozy and fashionable living space.
Read on to find out more about how outdoor living spaces provide opportunities to entertain and boost mental and physical wellness.
No matter what you and your loved ones enjoy doing, there’s a way to shape your outdoor living space to your lifestyle. You can use an outdoor living room to house a pool and lawn chairs, or you could opt for an entire outdoor kitchen, fully fitted with a bar, hot tub, seating area and patio for entertaining.
If you’re thinking about the family, a designated outdoor area that’s lovingly decorated and designed for outdoor living encourages kids to spend more time in nature. Add swing chairs and beanbags and you’ll be able to entice them away from their screens and into this cozy spot in a heartbeat!
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.
3. Keep Your Eyes Healthy
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.
4. Use an Outdoor Kitchen
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.
5. Entertain Outdoors
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.
6. Swim for Health
There are few better reasons to add an outdoor living space than including a swimming pool in your outdoor area. Being in the water is one of the best ways to exercise because it offers the benefits of both cardiovascular and resistance training. Being able to dip into your own pool whenever you feel like it is pretty special and highly recommended if fitness is one of your priorities.
7. Reduce Stress Levels
Being around nature is one of the best ways to boost health and reduce stress levels, and an outdoor living space offers the perfect opportunity to spend more time outside. Studies show that spending time in nature can reduce blood pressure, muscle tension and heart rate. Giving yourself and your loved ones the gift of an outdoor living area is also giving them the gift of better health.
8. Strengthen Family Bonds
Another reason outdoor living spaces are so awesome is because they provide the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. You can sit around the fire pit or water features and tell stories or sing songs, enjoy dinner from the outdoor kitchen or simply bask in the beauty of the natural elements outdoors together. Spending time together as a family boosts mental and physical health for everyone.
Get a New Outdoor Living Space Today
Whether it’s outdoor entertaining season or a quiet family night in, an outdoor living space can enhance your lifestyle in an array of ways. From hosting friends and family to outdoor dining and languishing in your swimming pool, the relaxation and entertainment opportunities afforded by a beautiful outdoor living space are practically endless. Get in touch with PWHI today and we’ll help you design your dream backyard.