The Adaptability of Outdoor Living Spaces
No matter what you and your loved ones enjoy doing, there’s a way to shape your outdoor living space into 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, fire pit, seating area and patio for entertaining.
If you want to spend time with family, a designated outdoor space 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!
How an Outdoor Living Space Promotes a Healthy Vision in Children and Teens
On average, Americans spend around 6 hours and 43 minutes per day watching screens, including TV, computers, smartphones, and tablets. This affects children’s health and growth.
Many homeowners who create usable space outdoors notice health benefits in their children. Giving children a screen-free space to explore and play can help prevent nearsightedness. Research has proven that blue light from television screens, tablets and cell phones has the potential to cause eyestrain and myopia, or nearsightedness, in children and teens. Instead of spending time indoors, let your children engage with family and enjoy nature outdoors.
Outdoor Living Space Creativity
Design options are practically endless when creating your outdoor living space concept. The aim is to add an informal setting purely designed for entertainment and relaxation, in contrast to your home office or gym, where productivity and work are the priorities.
Before creating 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 remember that when it comes to selling your property, matching the design of the outdoor living project 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 outdoor living 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, water feature and fire pits with outdoor string lights for a resort-at-home vibe.