Outdoor living rooms are all the hype right now, and we aren’t surprised why. Being cooped up indoors for the past year, the need to be outdoors is greater than ever. What better way than creating an outdoor living room that gives you the indoor and outdoor feels?
It will make you want to spend more time there, and you can use it however you please. Here are some top design tips for your outdoor living room:
The type of furniture that you choose will strongly affect the feel of the place. Your best bet would be to pick furniture pieces that are trendy yet comfortable. They should also make the area look spacious instead of confined. Get furniture on which you can laze in since that’s mainly the purpose of a living room. Sofas are a great example; woven ones add a more outdoor feel to the space as it is light and airy. To add to that, portable furniture is also a good option for the outdoors as it can be brought in easily if needed. Anything that isn’t too bulky should be fine!
Lighting is another factor that greatly affects the mood of a space. You’re outdoors naturally gets light in the day, but the night is what you need to think about. Treat it the way you would your indoor living room. To give it a cozy vibe, choose various lights, from string lights to lamps and lanterns with candles. The right light can greatly transform your outdoor living room, making it look chic, so think about it carefully before choosing it.
Solar lights are also a great idea as they can be placed anywhere outdoors without worrying about where to plug them. In addition to that, they are cost-efficient, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly too. These days you get solar-powered lights in almost every form, so it all depends on the kind of look you are trying to go for in your outdoor living room. However, we would recommend going for string lights for a cozier feel.
There are countless options for doing up the flooring of your outdoor living room. If you wish to do it yourself, there are also many DIY ground cover ideas. Generally, floor tiles are the ideal go-to since they are easy to clean and can withstand different temperatures. Envirotiles are another excellent option. These tiles can be installed above any existing flooring such as concrete, wood, tiles, etc. They also have the ease of doing it yourself. The best part is that envirotiles are environmentally-friendly, just as the name suggests!
Another popular option for flooring in your outdoor living room is artificial grass. Not only does it add greenery and look almost real, but it saves you the hassle that a real lawn would have provided you with, such as mowing, etc. It is perfect for flat surfaces and will leave your outdoor living room looking fresh and vibey.
Paving is another practical option. There are many different materials that you can use to pave with, such as slate, limestone, sandstone, granite, etc., so choose one that will go best with your outdoor space.
A fire pit is a necessity for your outdoor living room. Imagine in the winters how cold you would feel without one. Not only do you need it for practicality purposes but also to add to the aesthetics. A fire pit will give your area a finished look and make you feel warm and cozy and enabling you to use it all year round. There are several different types of fire pits, but we would recommend the Cox & Cox Outdoor Brazier. It is a classic fire pit that is ideal if you have a slightly bigger outdoor space. It’s simple and made of iron, and the best part is that it’s easy to move around. To add to that, it is low-maintenance and will age well.
When you are done with the basics, it’s time to move on to the aesthetics so that the area can look chic and vibey. Outdoor rugs are a great addition to space as they add life and character to it. There are many diverse options available out there, and some made from recycled materials, sustainable and environmentally friendly. If you want to go for a classy and neutral feeling, it’s probably best that you pick a jute rug. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but also great for the outdoors. It gives a rugged feel that’ll go perfectly with the place.
The sound of a hot tub has got us all excited! What better way to do up your outdoor living room than to add an inflatable hot tub! For starters, they are a whole lot cheaper than your normal hot tub, along with the cost of filters, electricity, etc. Imagine relaxing in the hot tub on a cold afternoon; it doesn’t get any better than that! Go for a higher-end one so that it’s durable and lasts you a while. Most of them also come with a ground cover that will protect the flooring.
No space is complete without some work of art and especially not a living room. It’ll jazz up the place, making it look fun and trendy. Of course, outdoor artwork differs from indoor artwork because of the materials used. Metal is the most durable and hence perfect for the outdoors. From various metal wall hangings and décor to sculptures, there’s so much that you can do. Go for something simple or make a statement with something bold.
An outdoor kitchen for your living room is perfect because you can cook whenever you please. Pizza ovens and multi-purpose grills such as the Green Egg make it possible to cook anything outside. Trust us when we tell you that you’ll thank yourself for it later!
Follow these tips, and you’ll have the perfect outdoor living room that you won’t want to get away from!