Outdoor living spaces are becoming very popular in new homes. They take advantage of outside space, are a great place to unwind after a busy day cooped up inside and they maximise every square foot of living space in your home.

When designing an outdoor living space there are a number of things to consider that will lend to creating a beautiful, functional and comfortable area outside your home.

 

Color Scheme

When designing the perfect outdoor living space the first place to start is by looking at the exterior colors and design style of your home. This gives you the palette and style direction to ensure the an outdoor space feels like extension of your home’s interior.

You should choose the color palette from the surrounding natural landscape. Examples would be, green tones inspired by trees, grass and shrubs; blue tones inspired by the sky and water, and shades of brown inspired by branches and ground coverings. These are all colours that lend to nature, and integrate the landscape into the exterior spaces.

For colour accents, choose any flowering landscape your grounds contain; yellow and orange are two excellent examples of accent colours that can be used for cushions or pillows in weather resistant fabrics.

 

Solid Surface Decor

When designing an outdoor space it’s critical to make sure that it feels like an extension of your home’s interior. To ensure a seamless transition outdoors, extend the interior finishes to the exterior space. Taking the flooring from the interior to the outdoors is a critical element. Other considerations are utilizing the same countertop materials, similar lighting fixtures and even ceiling and beams as the interior to create an unhindered flow from the inside to the outside space.

 

An Extension of the Interior

Consider the exterior area of the home as just another part of the home, except with weather resistant furnishings and fabrics. Today, there are hundreds of options available for outdoor furnishings. Sofas, chairs, chaise lounges, dining and cocktail table and bar stools.

Add pillows, drapery panels, rugs, artwork, ceiling fans and specialty lighting fixtures to make your exterior rooms look more like interior rooms, but more importantly, bring all of the spaces together so they all flow together.

 

Custom Amenities

Take into account your family’s lifestyle and preferences, when choosing what amenities to add to your outdoor space. If it’s cooking and dining that is important to you, include an outdoor kitchen and dining area with grill, fireplace and dining table.

The possibilities are seemingly endless and definitely a personal choice. There are several different options including media and seating areas, cabanas and bar areas only to name a few.

Let your imagination be your guide in creating an outdoor space that is tailored to your family. One that offers a wonderful and relaxing place to get away.

 

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