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15 Cozy Outdoor Rooms

Transform your deck, patio, and porch into a cozy haven with these simple ideas.


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    • Create a Room

      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.

    • Fireside Fun

      A long sectional couch frames a modern double fire pit in this backyard. Dark rock decorates the area and stone tiles add in some visual interest. The arrangement creates an outdoor living room where a family can lounge on hot summer days as well as gather on cool fall evenings.

    • Seeking Shade

      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.

    • Maximize Outdoor Rooms

      Learn how to make the most of a cozy outdoor room with these tricks for dining, entertaining, and relaxing.

    • Separating Spaces

      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.

    • Eclectic Charm

      Ornate and eclectic furniture gives this patio a calm, relaxed vibe. Bright colors and patterns help to bring life and vibrancy to the space. Pale yellow, red, and blue form a primary color palette that isn’t too overbearing when paired with weathered furniture.

    • Patio Pergola

      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.

    • Weathered and Worn

      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.

    • Bringing the Outdoors in

      Durable metal furniture is made softer with striped and patterned cushions. The space is transformed with homey elements such as a chandelier, a mirror, lamps, and other glass accessories. Adding indoor touches to this outdoor room helps the space feel more integrated with the house.

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      Easy Breezy Dining

      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.

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      Add in Accessories

      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.

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      Pavilion with Personality

      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.

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      Hang Time

      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.

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      Better with Brick

      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.

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      Blend into Nature

      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.

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      One with Nature

      This porch has sliding windows that keep nature's elements out or invite them in. Natural materials like pebbles behind the television, stone on the floor and hearth, and wooden side tables give the outdoor room an organic look that echoes the outdoors.

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      Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

      Use these outdoor fireplace ideas to give your deck, patio, or backyard living room a dramatic focal point. Browse pictures of fireplace designs for decorating ideas, inspiration, and tips on how to build an outdoor fireplace.
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