A set of antique wooden oars hangs as artwork on one wall of this living room, representing the family’s love of the outdoors and being on the water. A sectional sofa with a chaise at one end is covered in a durable, family-friendly fabric. Graphic textiles provide visual punch.
This bright living room features wall-to-wall windows, offering a view of the gorgeous outdoor area and allowing natural light to flood the space. A taupe leather sectional is paired with a matching recliner and rectangular glass coffee table. Hidden built-in lights illuminate the ivory exposed beam ceiling.
Layers of light are as important to designing a welcoming outdoor living area as they are to indoor spaces. So, just as you might include recessed overhead lights, lamps and wall sconces in your living room, outdoors you can plan to brighten walls, landscaping elements and even overhead. In this project, landscape architect June Scott installed small directional lights in a large tree to create what she calls a “moonlight” effect. Additional fixtures graze the walls, “creating shimmering patterns.” She supplemented with candle lanterns around the perimeter — an easy and affordable option that works in any space, no wiring required.
This luxury villa boasts large windows and doors that allow for easy access between indoor and outdoor areas, including a patio, living room and kitchen. The homeowners also have private access to an infinity edge pool and nearby beach, as well as a stunning view of the oceanfront.
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.
TriplePoint Design Build designed this living space to showcase the view out the floor-to-ceiling windows. Colors and furnishings were kept subtle and neutral so that the blues and greens of the outdoors would pop in the room. This contemporary look is nontraditional but comfortable and stylish nonetheless.
This cozy seating area in the living room of the HGTV Smart Home 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla stylishly brings the outdoors in. The coffee table features a beachy vignette of palm fronds in blue glass demijohns, coastal photography books and bleached coral.
A built-in entertainment unit and built-in bookshelves provide functional storage space in this modern, minimal living room in Lugano, Switzerland. The home has white interior walls, bleached floors and an all-glass exterior that connects the home to its outdoor setting on Lake Lugano. The furniture is by J. Mascheroni.
To create a unique focal pint for this spacious living room, Joanna brought in an industrial coffee table. To soften the piece, she added a glass table with branches, bringing in the natural warmth of the outdoors. As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
This contemporary living room features the full spectrum of blue hues, from the deep blue draperies to the tie-die bench to the bright blue cushions on the outdoor seating. A hanging chair adds a fun, family-friendly vibe to the space, while a large sectional sofa invites family and guests to lounge.
Soft curves and lush textures define a sunny corner of this remodeled living space. Formerly a home office, the room now takes advantage of its light and views, offering a comfortable space for conversation and relaxation. Leaf-patterned drapery fabric frames the view and ushers in the outdoors.
The deep rich tones and realistic grain patterns of Fiberon ProTect Advantage Chestnut decking mimic today’s popular indoor hardwood looks, extending your living space into the great outdoors. There’s plenty of room on this composite deck to kick back and relax, or host the neighbors near the fire feature.
This calming, chic living room features natural wood elements from the bench with firewood beneath to the hardwood flooring. Guests can cozy up in the tufted furniture next to the wood-burning fireplace with decorative tiles, or enjoy the view from the French doors that open directly to the outdoor patio.
This stunning, contemporary sun room boasts sliding glass walls that open up to a sunny pool deck, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living space. A long, bright white dining table offers tons of space to entertain while a stone fire pit creates a cozy mood on cool nights.
Two walls of this modern home open up to make the living room feel like a spacious covered patio. The glossy wood ceiling provides contrast with the outdoor cement patio floors and indoor concrete floors. A natural rock bed and a row of thin greenery bring natural texture to the patio space.
Adding French doors to a living room creates indoor-outdoor functionality and supplies the space with natural light. Before adding French doors to your living room, consider which direction they'll need to swing. If seating will be placed within 36 inches of the doors, it's best to choose an outward-swinging style for optimum traffic flow. If the space just inside the doors will be unobstructed, an inward-swinging option will work well. Most home improvement stores offer inward- and outward-swinging doors for the same price.
This light and bright living room pairs together a neutral color palette with classic crown molding and a white fireplace. A woven natural fiber area rug partially covers the dark hardwood floors, while a pair of French doors lead the way to the outdoor patio. A floral upholstered armchair provides a cozy spot for relaxing.
This soft neutral living room features a gray armchair and sofa set paired with striped hourglass ottomans and a dark brown coffee table. A tall glass front cabinet sits next to a traditional white fireplace, while wall-to-wall windows flood the space with natural light. A single door provides access to the outdoor terrace.