This expansive earth-tone outdoor living room sits nestled just below the pool level so swimmers can sit at the large granite bar and watch TV, enjoy a roaring fire, or chat with friends relaxing on the large L-shaped couch. Just beyond the bar, a hot tub is surrounded by a massive faux-rock wall.
Designers wanted to capitalize on the beautiful mountain views outside the windows, so they kept the interior design neat, crisp and simple, yet still elegant. The living room in this space is no exception to that vision. Lots of windows allow plenty of natural light into the space, allowing patrons of the room to see outdoors to the beautiful mountain views. The light reflects off the gray walls, bringing the natural green tint of the trees indoors. Blue and gray furniture occupies this space and highlights the natural hues of the mountainside, making the living room feel as if it were a part of the mountains that surround it.
To preserve the natural gems of this Venice Beach property, including a 40-foot pine tree, a California live oak tree and a magnolia tree, the architect set up rooms in a modular layout. Intimate outdoor spaces are created in the gaps between structures.
Breathtaking ocean, mountain and city views surround a luxurious home in Los Angeles, Calif. Grand decks and stunning floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable sliding walls of glass provide a seamless integration between interior and exterior spaces to create a quintessential SoCal living experience. A giant family room flows into the home's yard, beautiful infinity pool and spacious deck with fire pit, outdoor living and dining spaces complete with floating BBQ.
This neutral, contemporary living space features white walls, neutral upholstery and soft gray accents that bring a mix of textures to the space. A pocket door allows the room to open fully to the outdoors so the owners and their guests can enjoy the stunning views. A modern fireplace adds warmth, as do the rustic ceiling beams and French oak floors.
This spacious kitchen features white countertops and cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and several lift-up cabinet doors with decorative glass fronts. The open nature of the kitchen allows for quick access to the living room, which features a fuchsia sofa and glass doors that lead to an outdoor patio area.
Windows close into a pocket in the wall to fully open this living room to the outdoors, inviting in a view of the serene swimming pool and Pacific Ocean beyond and promoting air flow through this San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, home. Neutral, low-profile furnishings offer a comfortable spot to relax while keeping the attention on the stunning views.
Not only is this home a feast for the eyes outdoors, but also the elegance and charm of its modern furnishings inside create a sense of particular beauty and allure. The open plan accommodates a living room, dining area and kitchen, all done in subtle color tones by TriplePoint Design Build, so not to conflict with the more vivid colors seen from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Many homeowners are apprehensive to experiment with color inside of their homes. Ease into color by introducing it to your outdoor living room with removable elements like floor cushions and throw pillows. To ensure the pillows add visual depth, be sure to choose ones with texture and pattern as well as color.
This home, especially the living room, is all about creating one seamless transition from the outside to the inside, all with a Texas-style design. “Even though we had amazing furniture and an incredible house, we wanted to bring in the outdoors,” explains HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “There is an amazing amount of windows that really make this part of the outside.”
The living room's gorgeous vaulted ceiling showcases deep brown exposed beams contrasted by the ivory wall color used throughout the space. Glass pocket doors open to the outdoor patio and provide a view of Aspen Mountain. The transitional space also provides quick access to the 12-person dining table, making it easy to move from dinner to relaxing.
Collapsible safari chairs and director's chairs are excellent solutions for outdoor living rooms short on seating space. When the spots are in use, these chairs add a collected, well-traveled vibe and can be dressed up with pillows. Anytime the space is not in use, these can be folded and stored away for safe keeping.
The fountain in the middle of the patio serves as a focal point for all of the separate outdoor living and dining areas and is visible from multiple rooms inside the home. The sound of running water creates a soothing white noise. A cedar wall trellis fills a blank wall in between banks of windows and doors.
Designers wanted this spacious, Midcentury Modern living room to fell intimate despite its large floor plan, so they carefully chose textures and fabrics that would add personality, but wouldn't overwhelm the beautiful exterior views showcased by the expansive windows. Walls are painted white to reflect the views of the outdoors, while the color is added through a few pieces of modern art and colorful, patterned throw pillows on the modern sofas.
Hues of aqua, coral and sand tie this wide open, traditional great room to its coastal setting, while broad windows usher in loads of natural light and literally bring the outdoors in. The two-story central space delineates the dining area while giving the entire living-dining-kitchen area an open, airy feel. An oversized dining table and lounge-style seating encourages lingering over the table for relaxing, leisurely conversation.
This contemporary, West Coast residence has a beautiful open design and modern decor. A short glass wall provides a balcony overlook from the second floor to the first where a long light fixture hangs as a decorative eye-catcher. The second story features a living room area with gray leather sofa, an eclipse door leading to an outdoor patio and a dining area in front of a built in fireplace.
Large windows allow plenty of natural light into this Midcentury Modern living room. The light is reflected off the white walls and gray rug, making the space feel bright, warm and inviting. Designers then chose patterns and textures to add to the space, such as the teal and leopard print throw pillows and modern art pieces, that would make the space feel intimate without diminishing the outdoor views.
Before committing to a space plan, first consider the best focal point to enjoy from the comfort of your outdoor living room. The modern pool here is definitely the star of the backyard, so by orienting the furniture to look out at it, friends and family have an instant conversation starter for breaking the ice. Plus it's great for encouraging interaction between those lounging and those taking a plunge in the pool.