The intimate and zen-like outdoor living space offers tranquility with comfortable seating areas surrounded by the elements of earth, fire and water. Floor-to-ceiling glass and steel windows and doors seamlessly connect the exterior of the home to the interior. The soaring roof with massive copper overhangs provides shade, and a rammed earth wall sections off the master bedroom's access to the pool.
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.
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.
Tri-level decks make the most of this California home's outdoor space while adding living area for a modern family. Sliding glass doors on the top floor, pocket doors in the center and a roll-up garage door at ground level are flexible and fit with the home's unique, modern architecture. The bold pink, yellow and teal color palette reflects the fun personality of the owners.
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.
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 formal sitting room overlooks the patio, so designers wanted the colors in this room to reflect the warmth of the outdoors. Natural light pours into the space from the large sliding glass doors, making the space feel bright, while the teal walls make the space feel warm and colorful. The live edge wood art piece adds a little outdoor beauty to the design, while the red rug complements the teal walls and adds texture to the space.
The gift that keeps on giving, take your usual outdoor window box and reverse it as the green thumbs at Atlanta's Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts did here. Fill an indoor window box with seasonal bulbs and blooms, ferns and ivy and brighten a key room like a dining room or living room with greenery.
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.
Café lights add a gorgeous glow to an outdoor living space, but they can be tricky to hang if you don’t have trees or other tall objects to string them from. Here’s a freestanding solution for hanging lights that uses planters and wood posts. It’s totally temporary, so it’s perfect for renters.
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.
Nestled in a small back yard surrounded by a curtain of mature hardwood trees, this outdoor living area makes the most of the available space. The owners wanted to her the "arts and crafts" stylings of the neighborhood, but they also desired a contemporary twist. Designers added a small hot tub and a water feature that make use of clean lines, while the pathways and walls have a splash of personality with natural stone.
This neutral, adventure themed nursery is accented throughout with bold pops of color to keep the space fun and kid-friendly. Neutral, forest patterned wallpaper helps to bring the outdoors in, while bold hues of blue and green-nature's colors-help keep the space lively and fun.
Originally, this home's backyard had sparse grass and a stone walkway leading to the dock. While the space was large, it was not functional for entertaining, so designers created this stylish outdoor living space. The pool was strategically positioned to draw the eye to the open water canal, and the surrounding patio was updated with stone pavers for easy entertaining. For shade and a soft look, palm trees and bamboo line the perimeter.
“When you live in New England, and you’re outdoors all the time, I don’t think people worry about cool weather because they’re pretty hardy,” explains HGTV Dream Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “I think this is a patio that will get a lot of use.”