No lake house would be complete without a patio that overlooks the water. A large outdoor rug anchors the main sitting area, which boasts two comfortable sectionals and two square coffee tables, while four lounge chairs offer a space for some reading or reclining.
The sitting area clearly demonstrates the color story for the porch: white and neutral base pieces with bright accents. The sectional sofa, wood coffee table and baroque wall mirror bring unexpected indoor sophistication to outdoor living. The pink, red and purple throw pillows pop against the stark white sofa. A geometric light fixture hangs above to provide lighting.
This large open, living room is inviting and decorative while remaining spacious. The mirrored furniture design features midcentury modern chairs and light gray sofas surrounding a gold coffee table adding a shine to the center of the room. An open wall connects the indoor room to the outdoors stretching the room even farther.
French doors from the master suite lead to this spacious outdoor seating area. A mix of seating and matching tables are the perfect place to curl up with a cup of coffee or relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine.
Lovely patterned benches offer comfy seating in this Asian-style outdoor living area. Green and red throw pillows add a colorful texture, while a pair of wooden coffee tables provide a place to set food and beverages, making it a great spot to entertain.
A bright and airy coastal outdoor living room offers a comfy seating area. The exposed wood ceiling sets the modern-rustic feel for the room which is continued with wicker furniture and reclaimed wood coffee table. A bright blue rug, a yellow light fixture and yellow-striped pillows add a fun pop of color to the space.
Picture a living room that flows into a colorful, wide-open double terrace, and you'll soon see what Lieve Saether with Turnstyle Interior Design has created. Designed for a couple and their college-bound kid, this stylish outdoor space includes a blue-spotted upholstered bench, a large brown coffee table and an area rug that resembles a watercolor painting.
In rainy Seattle, a covered outdoor space is a must. The punchy pink front door was this porch's design jumping off point. Hanging planters pick up the bold color. Armchairs, a coffee table and a porch swing make a comfortable sitting area. Paint colors: Shake siding: Behr Poppy Seed; Front door: Sherwin Williams Amaryllis; Stairs and porch base: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
Casual seating and dining areas overlook a spectacular view at this Martha's Vineyard rustic-contemporary home. Windows lining three walls let in maximum sunlight and bring the outdoors in. Slipcovered seating gives the space a homey, relaxing vibe that invites visitors to put their feet up. A rustic round table offers a perfect spot for a casual lunch or morning coffee.
To promote a feeling of unity between the indoor and outdoor spaces, interior designer Linda Woodrum chose a neutral, controlled palette for the HGTV Green Home 2012 living room. Furnishings, though captivating, do not distract from the view. A mix of styles and textures like the rustic wood coffee table, shag rug and contemporary wingback armchairs keeps the space feeling cozy and fresh.
Opening this sunroom to the kitchen floods both spaces with natural light. Ombre curtains coordinate with the waterfall coffee table painted in Bridget Beari Colors high gloss Petula. The cozy white sofa allows for comfy viewing of the backyard.
Designer Susan Jamieson explains "painting the door frames black keeps the eye moving and expands the view to see beyond the architecture to the outdoors".
An outdoor living room features a mix of design elements, from the reclaimed woods on the coffee table and ceiling beams to the clean, contemporary lines of the woven and upholstered seating. The space is sited to take advantage of the sweeping coastal views, and it also opens to the indoors via a wide retractable glass wall that slides into a pocket door. Traditional lanterns light the space, giving a nod to the Mediterranean architecture.
An over-scaled sofa and cozy club chairs are combined with two sandblasted pine coffee tables in the HGTV Dream Home 2013 great room. The space provides a front-row seat to South Carolina's Kiawah Island through glass doors that offer a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. In keeping with beach house interiors, the furnishings were chosen for both beauty and durability.
This bedroom brings the outdoors inside. A chandelier over the bed is made from painted antlers, and the furniture is rough-hewn. Tan, white, and green plaids in the bed linens and window treatment lend to the rustic feel of the space. A rustic wood chair and coffee table offer the perfect sitting area for relaxing and enjoying a good book. Houseplants lend to the natural element while a green glass bedside lamp helps illuminate the space and tie in the color scheme. A natural jute throw rug anchors the entire area.
A spiral staircase winds down from the yard to this hidden outdoor living room space. Stone walls enclose the space while an open ceiling allows sunshine down into the area. Circular shaped furniture creates a beautiful and interesting aesthetic. The sofa features a red weaved bottom, mating the four coffee tables, and a purple cushion adding bright color to the design. Large planters bring plant life into the space to connect it to the yard above.
When specifying upholstery for a beachfront house belonging to an active family, designers Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey of Burnham Design opted to cover all the furniture in indoor-outdoor fabric. "Every piece is done in Sunbrella fabric — even the pillows and the custom area rug underneath. Outdoor fabric was the perfect choice for this room, which is "command central" for TV-watching and game playing.” And, they note, “In terms of the furniture plan, sometimes it’s dramatic to do fewer pieces and keep the scale large of each and bold; that’s the case here. We selected the largest sectional we could fit in the space and made sure it was super deep and comfy. We paired it with a large upholstered ottoman, which serves double duty as a coffee table and great place for everyone to kick up their feet.”
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.