"Maximize your living space by creating usable outdoor rooms," says Rhoda Vickers of the Southern Hospitality blog. "With the right combination of outdoor seating, pillows, shade and colorful planters, you can turn any patio into an outdoor oasis."
A photo gallery adds color and interest to the hallway adjacent to a contemporary kitchen. The colors in the framed images tie in to the kitchen's color palette, creating a seamless feel between the spaces.
This area is part of an indoor/outdoor floor plan and connects to the home's interiors via sliding glass doors. Retractable screens are built into the lanai. When lowered, the screens not only protect the area from bugs, they deflect solar glare and can hold up to 90 % of the homes conditioned or heated air in this outside space.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the look of an outside space. Bistro lights in the oak tree, illuminated containers and landscape lights help create a romantic and fun atmosphere. The pergola was designed to have decorative privacy screens in between the posts and is lit with decorative sconces.
Shades of white and green and plenty of flora decor bring the outdoors in in this solarium by Francie Hargrove. Even more use of outside inside: the novel incorporation of the relaxing sound of water in a water fountain at one end of this pretty room.
Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.
Create a designated spot outside for kids by turning dead space corners into low-slung activity spots. Keep things versatile with maintenance-free stackable play tables and indoor-outdoor cushions for comfy seating on the ground.
A covered patio accessible through both a regular door and sliding doors extends the living space from inside to the outdoors. A grilling station is easily accessible from the kitchen, and a woven ceiling lets light in while offering protection from the hot Mexican sun.