Outdoor Rooms to Live in All Summer

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Whether it's an idyllic garden getaway or a breezy waterfront veranda, these inspirational ideas will help you make the most of your outdoor space.

Create Contrast

Chinese Chippendale-style chairs give this garden an extra jolt with their bright red paint. Two circular tables juxtapose the hard, straight lines of the chairs. Setting the chairs in a circle makes the space feel slightly more intimate and private.

Ultimate Outdoor Room

This combination dining and kitchen area is the perfect setting for a family meal. A hearth complete with a decorated mantel makes the space feel cozy while modern stainless-steel appliances ensure food will always taste just right. By keeping a neutral color scheme, the focus is on the nature surrounding the outdoor room.

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Formal Yet Fun

This outdoor dining room has an elegant and fun feel thanks to brightly painted chandeliers that hang from pergola beams. Simple silver chairs and a white tablecloth keep the table from feeling too overpowering with its bold runner.

Simple Setup

Underneath this basic pergola, just a few pieces of furniture are necessary to create a stylish outdoor room. A metal love seat and chair set are durable enough to withstand changing weather. Throw pillows add in extra comfort and color, and contrast a white garden stool. Two matching planters are perfect to display gorgeous flower arrangements.

Connect with Nature

A dining table with intricate iron detailing is paired with simple wicker chairs on this deck. Tall, elegant candelabras decorate the table and bring a slight sense of formality. Surrounding the dining area, scattered plants make the space feel even more connected with nature.

Superb Seating

Sage green and beige form a tranquil color palette on this patio. Modern wooden chairs are paired with wire light fixtures and ceramic garden stools to create an inviting and eclectic look. An L-shape built-in bench means everyone can come to the patio to relax.

Put Up Walls

Here, a wall with a square cutout helps to define specific areas of this patio. A built-in bench makes for the perfect spot to kick back and relax without feeling completely cut off from the rest of the patio. The striped cushions and pillows have a modern look but don't distract from nature since they are in neutral hues.

Power of Paint

A previously plain outdoor space was brought to life with chairs painted pink, lime green, white, and orange. The geometric wooden table makes this outdoor dining area relaxed and simple. A hammock is stretched between two trees for people to take full advantage of lazy summer days.

Modern Moment

White accessories and furniture with clean lines make this porch feel modern and sophisticated. A long bench adds lots of extra seating to the dining area, which boasts a chic beige-and-brown color scheme. White lanterns introduce a new shape into the space and are a fun touch to the patio. Potted trees and shrubbery bring just the right amount of green into the equation.

Add an Arch

In this outdoor space, an archway with a wrought-iron gate helps to separate the front of the house from the backyard. A stone fireplace creates an ideal sitting place on breezy summer nights. Although the chairs have a modern look, they work with the rest of the space because of their dark color and Spanish-style patterned pillows.

Whimsical Space

A simple garden shed was transformed into an outdoor room that can be used year-round. Furniture in a multitude of shades and colors come together to make a room that is full of life and energy. Patterned curtains let just the right amount of light in on the far side of the shed while paper lanterns decorate the ceiling and add a touch of whimsy.

Mini Outdoor Room

You don’t need vast amounts of space to create a comfortable outdoor room. Here, a love seat, rustic barrel side tables, and a trunk create the perfect small outdoor space. Drapery behind the love seat also helps define the space and softens the entire look.

Kids' Hideout

This kids' hideout is made even cozier with string lights, patterned pillows, and white linen drapery. A coat of turquoise paint dresses up the interior and adds a fresh pop of color.

Emphasize Assets

Features like wide arches and exposed wooden beams give this porch major character. Keeping the furnishings simple helps to emphasize the porch's obvious  assets. A patterned rug with its large print adds visual interest to the otherwise plain space. A simple fireplace is paired with a wooden beam mantel and large wall clock. Lanterns hang from the ceiling and rest on the floor to add a soft light when nighttime comes.

Outdoor Kitchen Essentials

This outdoor kitchen comes complete with a built-in niche for the grill, open cabinets for easy storage, and counterspace to make prep work a breeze. Before creating an outdoor kitchen, think about how you will use the space and plan out specific spots for appliances and storage. Make sure all of the elements will be able to withstand changing weather so food can be served from your outdoor kitchen for years to come.

Tropic Touch

This quaint patio has a distinctly tropical feel created by a variety of exotic plants and bright fabrics. String lights and a lantern illuminate the patio and create a serene atmosphere. A trickling fountain is decorated with a tropical bird mosaic to give the space even more island appeal.

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