5 Tips on How to Design an Outdoor Living Space

An outdoor living space is the perfect way to spend time outside in nature while still benefitting from the comfort and shelter typically found indoors. As the weather gets warmer and the sun gets brighter, spending time out in the backyard instead of cooped up inside the house get more and more appealing!

Whether you are hosting barbecues for family and friends, or simply curling up on a summer evening with a book, a pleasant outdoor space is a great place to do this. Here we will explore some of the top tips you need to know when designing your own outdoor space.

Design Your Patio

A patio is a vital part of most outdoor living spaces. You may already have a patio or might be planning to design and build one. Larger backyards can incorporate a patio as an area separate from the lawn, typically as a space between the house and the lawn where you can look out over the rest of the yard, but occasionally as a centerpiece in its own right.

Patios can be raised via steps, or on the same level as the rest of the yard but should be built on flat ground. In terms of design, there are a considerable number of options – the material, shape, and size of the slabs can vary wildly and be tailored to suit your personal tastes.

An alternative – or an addition – to building a patio is to build wooden decking, which is usually then laying slabs, and gives a different aesthetic effect that many people prefer.

Use Outdoor Furniture

If you want your outdoor living space to be functional as well as visually appealing, you will most likely want to use outdoor furniture such as chairs and tables. Outdoor tables come in various designs and materials (typically wood or metal) and provide a place where you can enjoy al fresco dining in the warmer months. Most outdoor tables come with chairs as part of a set.

Outdoor seating is not just limited to dining chairs – outdoor sofas are a fashionable option for people who value comfort. For those with more traditional tastes, benches or swing seats are also a popular choice!

Incorporate an Outdoor Roof

It is no use spending money on outdoor furniture to leave it at the mercy of the elements! To provide your furniture and your guests shelter from rain or sun, an outdoor roof is vital. Roofs can be made from materials from wood to glass to plastic and come in many different styles.

Louvered roof systems can be adjusted at will to provide full or partial cover. Customized designs such as Outdoor Elements’ louvered roofs are becoming increasingly popular.

Plant Shrubs and Flowers

Once you have sorted out the structure of your outdoor living space and furnished it, you will probably want to provide a dash of color and decoration! Plants such as flowers and shrubs can be useful not just ornamentally, but to define boundaries between different sections of the yard.

You do not have to plant shrubs or flowers directly into the ground – options such as ornamental plant pots and hanging baskets allow you to have plants on patio or decking areas as well as in flowerbeds! Flowers require more watering than succulents or shrubs, but provide color and scent as well as having various environmental benefits!

Use Outdoor Lighting

There are many different options when it comes to outdoor lighting, from lanterns to string lights to solar-powered lights planted into lawns. Lanterns are possibly the most versatile choice, as they can be hung from hooks or branches, or simply placed on the top of a table.

Whether you prefer traditional and cozy or sleek and modern, experimenting with different combinations and placings of outdoor lights allows you to really define the ambiance of your outdoor living space!