Whether you have a large backyard or an intimate patio, small changes can make a big impact in how your outdoor living space looks and feels. While you may need to add a few new furniture pieces, the addition of a few key accessories is a quick way to make a difference.
What Is An Outdoor Living Room?
An outdoor living room can be any defined area, from an attached, screened-in porch to a gazebo, or even a landscaped area with a bench. While the space has to be functional, it also has to be engaging or you’ll never use it.
One of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a space is to mix and match accent pillow patterns and colors to spice up your outdoor furniture. Unexpected color combinations, such as black and navy blue, give a contemporary look to your space. A new umbrella in a bright color, and some cheerful blankets and throws, can add excitement and an interesting contrast.
Don’t Forget The Rug
A rug will pull all the elements of your outdoor space together, soften any hard edges and create warmth. Add a rug in a bold abstract pattern if your look is contemporary. Try a floral-patterned rug if you are going for a more traditional look. Rugs with lots of foliage will give the room a tropical feel.
Fires Add Warmth
A cozy fire or fireplace is becoming a staple for outdoor rooms, because a hearth can extend the season of your outdoor room by several months. Consider two-sided fireplaces or portable fire pits.
Plants Finish the Look
Plants are another way to soften hard edges and add a sense of comfort to your space. Jade plants, miniature orange trees and potted philodendron look nice in sheltered areas, and pines and bamboo help define larger outdoor areas.