For a multifunctional outdoor living room that would serve as a family gathering space and a meeting area for the owners’ clients and colleagues, landscape architect Mark Tessier created an accordingly varied lighting scheme. Traditional outdoor lighting illuminates the area without making a statement, while style enters from above and below, via a flickering fire pit and paper lanterns of various sizes hung randomly throughout the space. “After dusk, these lights cast a warm, inviting glow festive for simple or elegant gatherings any time of the year,” says Tessier.
This contemporary home features accordion glass walls that fold away to bring the outdoors inside, allowing for easy transition between the living room and outdoor patio area. A wood paneled overhang relies on recessed lighting to illuminate the outdoor space.
When you create an outdoor room, there has to be a reason to use it whether it's functional (to eat, to swim, to cook, to relax) or it's visual (a sculpture, fountain, fireplace, fragrant plant). Plan your yard with focal points in mind.
The refined outdoor living area has a spacious layout for multiple seating areas and picturesque views of the huge grassy yard, mature trees and creek. Wood planks add warmth to the ceiling above, while cool gray tile grounds the space.
This elegant entertaining space makes use of strong, natural elements, such as the natural wood of the chairs, the canvas of the couch and the woven rug. The colors chosen by designers, though, make the space seem warm and inviting while being sturdy enough to withstand the elements.
This outdoor living room has plenty of personality in it's colorful design featuring a wood burning fireplace, Spanish tile floor, and yellow walls. A red striped rug, yellow striped throw blanket, and red striped accent pillows add color and pattern to the space. The yellow walls display colorful scenic art and southwestern decor lit by the sun shining through above the wooden beams.
Various textures and tones add beauty and interest to this open family room featuring indoor/outdoor living. Shades of tan, brown and white give the space a calm feel, providing a great place to relax and unwind.
A balcony becomes an outdoor living room with a bold mix of texture in neutrals and bright blues. A light wicker chaise with soft upholstery and accents contrasts a geometric granite table with jewel-toned accents and sea glass.
The covered porch is furnished beautifully and comfortably, serving as an outdoor living room. A cushioned sofa and chair are situated near a beautiful fireplace and flat-screen TV for entertaining or relaxing. Ceiling fans keep the space cool on warm days.