Now is the time to take advantage of warmer months by planning, designing, and creating a charming outdoor living room. But don’t worry you don’t have to start from scratch as many of the same comforts we enjoy indoors can be brought outside with a few tweaks for weather-proofing.
Outdoor living rooms are usually an extension of an existing interior room, but some can be far removed from the house itself allowing you to create a completely different feeling once you step outside the normal bounds of your home.
Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you have to be roughing it. In fact, many of today’s outdoor rooms have all of the comforts of home, with must-have conveniences, such as Wi-Fi, lighting, TVs, stereo sound, hidden heaters and cooling systems, as well as built-in kitchen appliances. The same quality furnishings and appliances you insist upon inside should be used outside.
When designing your outdoor living space consider the following questions: How is the space going to be used? When is it going to be used? Who is going to use it? Will it be used for entertaining? For eating dinner? What about the holidays?
The answers to these questions will help you determine how to layout your space. Function is the most important thing to keep in mind when designing any room. It needs to function well and look good.
Deep-seated sofas and sectionals, plush rugs and bold accent pillows are all typical in today’s outdoor rooms, rivaling the décor options once exclusive to indoor furnishings. All-weather materials that resist fading in the sun and withstand rain and snow help to make that possible.
One of the best ways to ensure you’re investing in quality outdoor furniture is by choosing materials that are specifically made to hold up and endure in the elements. High performance, durable materials, such as wrought iron, powder-coated aluminum, all-weather wicker, and exotic woods like ipé wood or teak, have been proven to both resist weathering and serve as a sturdy foundation for high-quality outdoor furniture. Investing in high performance fabrics like Sunbrella, along with well-constructed cushions, will lengthen the life and appearance of your outdoor cushions and pillows.
Start planning your private oasis today with Outside In Style’s design experts!