Transform Your Outdoor Living Area: Ideas, Trends, & Materials

May 2024

Large accordion glass doors allow your indoors to flow to your outdoor living area

Transform Your Outdoor Living Area: Ideas, Trends, & Materials

With summer just around the corner, the allure of unwinding on your deck, patio, or other outdoor living spaces might be on your mind.

Patios, decks, and outdoor rooms become focal points for relaxation, entertainment, and family gatherings. If you plan to transform your outdoor living space, here is a roundup of ideas, design trends, and materials to give you a solid starting point.

Embrace seamless indoor-outdoor living

One of the most popular trends in outdoor design is creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Blurring the lines between the two allows you to maximize your living area and create a cohesive flow throughout your home.

Consider installing large glass doors or folding accordion-style doors that open to your outdoor patio or deck. This will allow for easy access and encourage indoor-outdoor living, perfect for entertaining or simply enjoying the outdoors.

Choose the right materials

Selecting the best materials for your outdoor space is crucial for aesthetics and durability. Regarding flooring, natural stone, brick, stamped concrete, or porcelain tiles offer durability and visual appeal.

For decks, consider low-maintenance composite decking or sustainably sourced hardwoods. When choosing furniture and decor, use weather-resistant materials such as aluminum, teak, or resin wicker that can withstand the elements and require minimal upkeep.

Pergola provides some shade and shelter for an outdoor dining area
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Add shade and privacy

Incorporating shade and privacy elements into your outdoor space can make it more comfortable and inviting, especially during the hot summer months. Options include pergolas, awnings, umbrellas, and shade sails for overhead coverage.

For added privacy, consider installing outdoor curtains, trellises with climbing deciduous vines, or strategically placed landscaping features like trees, tall shrubs, or bamboo screens. Screened-in porches or enclosures are also excellent options for keeping bugs at bay while enjoying the outdoors.

Don’t forget lighting

Proper lighting is essential for ambiance and safety in your outdoor living area. Combine ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Options include overhead flush mount and pendant light fixtures, sconces, string lights, lanterns, pathway lights, and LED strip lighting. With well-placed lighting fixtures, highlight key features of your outdoor space, such as architectural elements, landscaping, or focal points like a fire pit or outdoor kitchen.

Enhance your outdoor living area with an outdoor kitchen like this one

Include an outdoor kitchen

An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate luxury if you love to cook and entertain outdoors. Design a functional cooking and dining area with a grill, refrigerator, sink, and ample counter space for food prep and serving.

Consider adding built-in storage cabinets, drawers, and shelving for storing cooking utensils, dinnerware, and other essentials. Enhance your outdoor area with a stylish dining set, bar stools, and accessories like a built-in wine cooler or outdoor pizza oven.

Be sure to have fun

To truly make your outdoor living area a destination for relaxation and fun, consider installing entertainment and recreational features, such as a built-in sound system and a projector and screen for outdoor movie nights. Adding a built-in heating system will extend the time you can enjoy your outdoor space into the cooler Spring and Fall months.

If you want to go all out, add amenities like a swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit, putting green, or bocce ball court for hours of enjoyment and recreation.

Creating an inviting outdoor living area requires thoughtful design and attention to detail in selecting the best materials and amenities to suit your lifestyle and preferences.

If you are dreaming about updating your outdoor space, contact us to make your dreams a reality.

 

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