Harvard design students Carly Augustine and Nicolas Lee suggest in their rendering how the outdoors could be experienced within and around the home. With the shift to urban life, millennials are living in smaller, more condensed spaces, many times without private outdoor space, so their views of private/public indoor/outdoor are shifting, Augustine says. Their project won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award.
This family wanted more living space, but didn't have a way to expand, so what better solution than to go outdoors? In this particular section of the space, the dining table, protected by a canopy of trees and a large umbrella, offers the family a cozy spot to enjoy their meals, and the water feature adds to the ambiance of the space.
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.
The homeowner had an empty room that she wanted to transition into a classical home library. The room is situated directly adjacent to her formal living room and was created using character grade walnut. Featuring built-in cabinetry and ottomans with green velvet cushions, the color of which were chosen to mimic the outdoors and enhance the wood tones in the space, the library space has plenty of seating, but the ottomans are not fixed, meaning that they can be relocated to provide additional seating to the formal living room if necessary.
Ahhh... what a great place to relax! This living space features a lovely brick fireplace, the central focus of the room. Green window treatments and plants and flowers in the room echo the outdoors, creating a natural feel. Put your feet up on the upholstered ottoman while watching TV or just chat and admire the art pieces in the room.
An exposed brick fireplace fills one wall in this traditional living room that features two cream chairs, a matching ottoman and two paisley stools. Two framed paintings of autumnal outdoor scenes on the wall pick up on the color of the brick to further warm up the space.
A light blue entryway leads from the living room into a traditional dining room with long neutral dining table and chairs featuring fully upholstered end chairs. The bottom of the wall is blue with white panels, but above the trimmed split beautiful outdoor scene wallpaper wraps the entire room. A blue china cabinet rests opposite a large window with floor-length white curtains.
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.
Color is key to creating a lively Spanish-inspired outdoor dining area. The yellow pergola, Talavera tile behind the grill, Saltillo patio tile and cobalt-blue seat cushions all work to enliven this festive alfresco space.
Midcentury-modern style is characterized by simplicity and natural shapes. This era of design is most known for its mass production of household objects, including the popular Eames chair and Howard Miller sunburst clock. Midcentury-modern designs are often emphasized by ample windows, an open floor plan and the idea of bringing the outdoors in, like in this prime living space.
To create this eclectic home, designers integrated the Austin outdoor lifestyle with casual, nice living. This spacious common area has high ceilings and added windows that allow in plenty of natural light and create a bright, open space. Off to the side, the sliding glass door opens onto the renovated back patio.
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.
As seen on HGTV's Elbow Room, Chip Wade and his team successfully combined the Overdyke family's screened in porch with their family room to create this giant, contemporary living room. By adding an all glass wall, Chip has been able to retain the natural light of the outdoors while adding modern luxuries such as the plush furniture and gas log fireplace.
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.
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.
Former art gallerists, turned designers Meg Harrington and Ann Huff of Huff Harrington Design bring their interest in indoor-worthy furnishings to this front-facing covered veranda. Inspired touches include a mirror above a 19th century French dining table to enlarge the space and artwork that has been treated for the outdoors to bring a living room feel to this "very quiet, private space," says Harrington.
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.