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Enclose a gazebo or pergola with rich fabric to achieve instant privacy. In this space, the curtains create a soft perimeter for the room, even when they're left open.
Test Garden Tip: Check your local fabric store for a wide array of colors and textures of outdoor fabrics.
Every indoor room has a doorway, so why not create one for your outdoor room? An arbor or trellis is an inviting entrance to your space, and you can add color with climbing plants such as clematis or climbing roses.
Hang artwork on a privacy fence to give your outdoor space an indoor feel in a flash. Choose something calming, such as this lily pad canvas, or opt for something bold and modern to create visual va-va-voom.
Grow an outdoor enclosure with tall hedges. Yew or columnar juniper work well to provide privacy and shade from the hot sun. In this room, living walls seamlessly blend a dining area and its surrounding landscape.
Coordinate fabric and furniture around a theme, and you can create an outdoor room almost anywhere. This dining space doesn't need four walls or even a steady floor: A tree provides a ceiling and staked sunflower vases designate a perimeter. Details such as terra-cotta plates and sunflowers on the tablecloth tie the look together.
Protect your space from the elements with a canopy or awning. Fabrics come in a vast variety of colors and patterns, such as this lovely beige-and-cream stripe, so you can find the perfect canopy to suit your style.
Putting up even one wall adds privacy and boundaries to your outdoor space. In just a weekend you can create a simple structure that will enhance your outdoor room for years.
Elevate an umbrella from drab to delightful with unexpected accents. Here, Chinese lanterns lend visual interest to an ordinary patio set. Try something similar with white lights, mobiles, or small hanging baskets.
The hammock has been around more than 2,000 years, and there's a reason it has such staying power. Paired with a lush container garden, this one turns an unassuming deck into an exotic backyard oasis.
Create cool southern charm on a porch or veranda with a ceiling fan. It provides a refreshing breeze, while giving the space more of an interior feel. And it can help keep mosquitoes, flies, and other pests away.
Test Garden Tip: You can also add a small ceiling fan to your gazebo or a pergola.
Set the soundtrack to your outdoor room with the tranquil tune of a water feature. This trickling urn is an easy way to create a calm atmosphere in any garden retreat.
Ensure your outdoor room is party-ready with features that do double duty. This potting bench doubles as a sideboard with space to chill and pour drinks.
Appeal to your senses by creating atmosphere with fragrant flowers. Scented geraniums, lavender, and pink roses combine for a beautiful aroma. Take advantage of fragrance by planting your favorite scented bloomers around your outdoor room -- and including containers of them in the bounds of your room.
Center your space with a cozy fire feature. If a fireplace is beyond your scope, a freestanding fire pit such as this one is an easy solution. Then there's always the possibility of some delicious s'mores!
For this easy outdoor room, the homeowner used a tent, colorful outdoor furniture, and a container garden to create a sanctuary from scratch. An area rug anchors the space, and key details such as a chandelier and accent tables provide additional drama.