What a peaceful place to enjoy some company. This outdoor design includes a small sitting area with rocking chairs and a fire pit. A koi pond runs directly beside the sitting space to contribute to the tranquil setting.
The barn’s paint scheme is evocative of the materials and plantings selected for the landscape. The distinctive red chaise lounges offer eye-catching contrast against the greenery surrounding the spaces.
Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Take the architectural route to your fire pit area with sculptural furniture, minimal decor and a contemporary chiminea. To create a focal point and ground the space, opt for a tall chiminea standing at least five feet.
The most effective way to use any outdoor area maximally is with perimeter seating. Here, a modular sectional sofa is configured to conform to a corner of this welcoming courtyard, putting every square inch of the area to use. For optional flexibility, consider sectional sofas without arms since the armless modules can also be added to elongate a straight-lined sofa.
Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.
Keep family and friends cool in the shade with this pergola. Breezy fabrics provide shade without sacrificing sunlight, while cozy furnishings and blue accessories dress up the space. These inviting colors and the backyard poolside setting create a relaxing outdoor space.
The key to making outdoor spaces feel warm and welcoming is layering them like indoor spaces. Any time you plan a space, large or small, try to incorporate low-maintenance plants and potted flowers into the mix along with carefree rugs that add color, pattern and texture.
A key part of the landscape architect's effort was to marry the buildings with one congruent exterior space. Smaller footpaths flank the main terrace spaces, creating a hierarchy within the circulation network, and interconnecting the different structures around the site.
The Newport Beach, Calif., backyard is divided into multiple living areas. Comfortable lounge chairs flank one side of the sleek pool, while stone steps lead over the hot tub. A lush lawn is surrounded by native grasses and beautiful trees and shrubs.
The “V” pattern of the Fiberon Horizon Ipe boards creates an eye-catching floor design. Using the same composite boards as top rails provides a striking contrast to the white posts and visually connects the space. The wide flat top rail also doubles as table-top dining. Add in the outdoor kitchen, and this deck is sure to impress.
Outdoor Living Space: High Style Meets Function in Dallas
The home boasts an outdoor living space so comfortably furnished it feels like the indoors. A large daybed and two chairs are nestled by a stately fireplace and flat-screen TV for entertaining or relaxing.