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Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Living Space Ideas

As the weather warms up and the sun starts shining a little brighter, my mind instantly wanders to our backyard oasis. You know, the place I like to call our “outdoor living room.” It’s the perfect extension of our home, allowing us to seamlessly transition from the indoors to the great outdoors.

Last year, we gave this space a complete makeover, building a brand new deck and transforming it into a cozy and inviting retreat. And now, as we head into another glorious spring and summer, I can’t wait to spruce it up once again and share my tips for creating a warm and welcoming outdoor living space.

Establishing Visual Flow

When it comes to designing an outdoor living area, the first and most important step is ensuring a seamless visual flow from the indoors to the outdoors. After all, this space is meant to be an extension of your home, so you want it to feel cohesive and intentional.

For us, that means incorporating our signature color palette of blue and white. As I mentioned on Citrine Living, “What I love about using a signature color is that it sets the tone for the space and you can easily play off of that with all of your accessories, textiles, and the patterns and textures you’ll bring in, which will help you create a sense of continuity and cohesion.”

By sticking to this color scheme, we’re able to create a harmonious connection between the indoor and outdoor living areas, making the transition from one to the other feel natural and intentional. It’s all about curating a cohesive aesthetic that feels like it belongs.

Layering Textures and Patterns

Once you’ve established that visual flow, it’s time to start layering in the fun stuff – the textiles, patterns, and textures that will really bring your outdoor living space to life.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for throw pillows. They’re the perfect way to add pops of color, introduce new patterns, and create a cozy, inviting atmosphere. As I shared on Citrine Living, my blue and white batik print pillows are some of my favorites, and they’ve made their way out to our outdoor living space this year. They complement the dark furniture and rug beautifully, while also adding a touch of that global, tropical vibe I love.

But I don’t stop there. I also like to mix in some outdoor-friendly pillows with fun, circular motifs, as well as some shibori-print ones for good measure. As I mentioned, I’m a big fan of mixing patterns, and I find that varying the sizes of the pillows creates a really lovely, layered look.

Bringing the Indoors Out

Of course, no outdoor living space is complete without a few key pieces that blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. And one of my favorite ways to do that is with an outdoor rug.

As The Palette Muse points out, an outdoor rug is a game-changer when it comes to making your backyard feel like a true extension of your home. It grounds the space, defines the seating area, and adds a touch of coziness that you just can’t achieve with bare concrete or pavers.

For our outdoor living room, we went with a beautiful, neutral-toned rug that ties in perfectly with our blue and white color scheme. It really helps to anchor the space and make it feel warm and inviting, just like the indoor areas of our home.

And speaking of bringing the indoors out, let’s talk about furniture. One of the best ways to blur that line between inside and outside is by using indoor-quality pieces in your outdoor living space. We have a gorgeous set of club chairs and a coffee table that could just as easily be at home in our living room as they are on our deck.

By investing in high-quality, weather-resistant outdoor furniture, you can create a truly seamless transition from your home to your backyard oasis. It’s all about finding pieces that not only look the part, but can also withstand the elements.

Lighting for Ambiance

Now, no outdoor living space is complete without the perfect lighting to set the mood. And trust me, this is an area where you don’t want to skimp.

Strategically placed string lights, lanterns, and even a few well-placed candles can transform your backyard into a cozy, romantic retreat. Personally, I love the way the soft glow of string lights creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, almost like you’re dining under the stars.

And don’t forget about practical lighting, too. Make sure you have a few well-placed floor lamps or sconces to provide ample illumination for those evening gatherings. After all, you want your guests to be able to see where they’re going, but you also want to maintain that dreamy, atmospheric vibe.

Embracing the Elements

One of the things I love most about our outdoor living room is how it allows us to fully embrace the great outdoors. From the gentle breeze to the sound of birds chirping, there’s something so soothing and rejuvenating about being immersed in nature.

That’s why I try to incorporate elements that really celebrate the outdoors, like lush, verdant greenery and vibrant, blooming flowers. As Onyx Creative points out, “Bringing the outdoors in can be as simple as incorporating natural elements like plants, flowers, and even rocks or driftwood into your decor.”

For us, that means potting up some beautiful, trailing vines to cascade over the edges of our deck, as well as a few strategically placed planters filled with colorful annuals. It’s like having a little oasis of nature right in our own backyard.

And let’s not forget about the sound element, too. Whether it’s the gentle trickling of a small water feature or the soothing melody of wind chimes, adding natural sounds to your outdoor living space can create a truly calming and serene atmosphere.

Personalizing Your Oasis

At the end of the day, the key to creating an outdoor living space that you and your family will truly love is to make it your own. Infuse it with your personal style, your unique interests, and the things that bring you joy.

For us, that means incorporating cozy, global-inspired elements that reflect our love of travel and adventure. But for you, it might mean going for a sleek, modern vibe or embracing a rustic, farmhouse-inspired aesthetic.

The beauty of designing an outdoor living area is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s all about tapping into your own personal style and creating a space that feels like a natural extension of your home and your lifestyle.

So, whether you’re looking to create a cozy, intimate retreat or a lively, entertaining-focused oasis, the possibilities are truly endless. The only limit is your own imagination.

And when it comes to bringing the indoors out, the team at Today’s Gardens is here to help. From design inspiration to expert installation, we’ll work with you every step of the way to transform your backyard into the outdoor living space of your dreams.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning your own little slice of outdoor paradise. Trust me, once you experience the joy of living in that perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living, you’ll never want to go back.

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