Bask in the warm sun shining down on you as you read a passage from your favorite book or watch the kids play in the backyard. With a fresh and revitalized outdoor living space, you can turn your backyard into an extension of your home. Create an exterior room with furniture, decor and added ambiance. With a few easy ideas, you can easily design the perfect outdoor living space for your home.
Create a secret garden escape
Start with a stand-alone pergola covered with climbing plants and surrounded by tall shrubs. Create an arched entryway between two of the shrubs by pruning them so that they grow up and toward each other. Furnish a cobblestone garden patio with all-weather wicker casual seating. Build a small backyard pond with a waterfall for a stunning scene that leaves you breathless
Design a rustic campfire space
Set four to six wood Adirondack chairs around an open stone firepit to give the illusion of a campsite in your backyard. Tell ghost stories beside the light of a flickering fire, and finish the evening with toasted marshmallows and s'mores. In the morning, snuggle up under a blanket and watch the red embers while you sip on your morning coffee.
Opt for an outdoor great room
Instead of focusing on a single outdoor living room in your backyard, consider turning the patio into its own great room. Combine the tradition of an outdoor dining space, convenience of an outdoor kitchen and comfort of an outdoor casual seating area in one large space. Use a complete set of matching furniture, or piece together your own unique style with various furniture options and decorative accents.
Dress it up with drapes
If you've got an outdoor canopy, gazebo or pergola, hang billowing curtains that can encircle your outdoor living space. You can tie them back for an open and inviting atmosphere, or leave them hanging loose for a breezy, casual look. You can even hang drapes from the roof of your porch for a unique look.
Return to simple romance
Instead of focusing on the flashy décor, revel in the simplicity of your backyard or patio. Use romantic lighting to set the scene for a cozy evening in your outdoor living space with someone special. Snuggle up on the outdoor loveseat underneath the dim glow of large lanterns or a candlelit chandelier that hangs from the ceiling of your gazebo for elegance and style that are sure to impress.