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Transform your deck, patio, and porch into a cozy haven with these simple ideas.
To make an outdoor room out of an empty space, simply put up a freestanding canopy. The canopy provides shade and minimal structure for an outdoor room. An area rug helps to further outline the space and a matching couch and chair set leave the room feeling cohesive. Attach curtains to the canopy for additional shade and privacy. Planters on either side of the canopy's entrance and stepping-stones leading to the structure help the space feel a bit more grand and permanent.
To beat the heat, find a sturdy outdoor umbrella that will cool down a sun-drenched patio or any outdoor space. With a variety of colors, patterns, and styles to choose from, finding the perfect umbrella is easy. Here, a turquoise umbrella ties in with the multicolor throw pillows that adorn an outdoor sofa.
Learn how to make the most of a cozy outdoor room with these tricks for dining, entertaining, and relaxing.
To visually separate one large space, a fire pit area is inset into the ground and outlined with a small stone wall. A few steps away is a small, contemporary dining table where everyone can gather for a meal. Landscaping, such as a line of hedges, also helps to break up the space and add visual interest.
Create an outdoor room with a pergola and poured concrete or tiles. This outdoor room even has a fireplace for friends and family to gather around when the nights get cool. The pergola gives structure to the space without blocking out all of the sun’s rays.
On this patio, elements like a rusty wall clock and iron bench give the space a weathered and worn look. Letting outdoor furniture and accessories wear a little bit gives them an added layer of character and helps the pieces easily blend in with nature. Incorporating details like fresh flowers and new furniture cushions keep the room from looking dilapidated.
An outdoor dining room is an ideal setting for a summertime meal, where food and nature come together. Drapes can provide extra shade when the sun’s rays become too much and give the porch a softer feel. A sculptural chandelier makes this scene feel a bit more formal while cream-color chair cushions add an element of comfort to metal chairs.
Just because a room is outdoors doesn’t mean it can’t be decorated like a normal room. This room uses all kinds of accessories like potted plants, candles, an old wooden frame, and artwork to make it more interesting. If you expect your outdoor room to weather the elements, however, look for accessories that can stand moisture, heat, and cool temperatures.
Here, a freestanding pavilion was turned into a quaint sitting area complete with airy drapery and a one-of-a-kind chandelier. A round table helps the conversation flow while hot pink pillows add a bit of energy to the space.
Hammocks aren’t just for lounging between trees, they can also find a place right next to your house. Hang a hammock on your porch to make a fun spot for anyone to relax in. Make sure to take safety precautions when hanging a hammock from the roof of a porch and consult a professional if necessary.
This old brick building was completely transformed into a breezy siting area. Touches such as a patterned area rug, throw pillows, and paper lanterns give the space a comfortable, indoor feel and help the brick structure come to life. A full-fledged roof ensures that even in a light drizzle, occupants will stay dry while enjoying the outdoor views.
This wooden structure does a great job of blending into it's natural surroundings while still establishing the space as an outdoor room. A wooden table and chairs made out of twisted branches continue the nature-inspired look. Vines growing up the structure's supporting beams help to further conceal the piece.