The whole point of having a garden is to be able to enjoy the outdoors. One of the best ways to do that is by creating an outdoor room. Outdoor rooms are basically just an extension of your house and another place you can lay back, enjoy and entertain in.
Theres more to creating an outdoor room than putting out some furniture. In order to achieve a comfortable entertaining area you need to follow a few guidelines.
Step 1 Define the function of your room
First you’ll have to decide what you want to use your room for and what you want it to be. Do you want to entertain and have a full fledge outdoor living or dining room? Do you want to cook outside in your outdoor kitchen? Or do you just want an informal place to relax in; a cozy little bistro with a table and a couple of chairs?
Keep in mind that an outdoor room doesn’t have to be the size of your living room. You just need to have enough space to accomplish what you want your room to be.
Step 2 Choose a suitable area
This is one of the most important steps. The spot for your outdoor room should be chosen wisely. In a small garden you may not have too many places to choose from, but if you have the luxury of having a larger garden or yard then you’ll have more choices. If you already have a patio, that would be a great place to put it.
Choose an area that is in close proximity and easily accessible from the house. If you have to trek thru your garden dodging tree branches and spider webs, you’ll be less likely to use it.
Step 3 Define the space
In order to make the space feel like an actual room you need to define the space by using walls or furnishings, just like in an indoor room. But you don’t have to literally build walls to do this.
You can easily create natural walls by using plants and shrubs at the edges or around the perimeter of your outdoor room. Or simply let the furniture define the edges of your room. Curtains are another great way to define the space, making it welcoming, cozy and providing shade all a the same time.
Sometimes even the flooring in itself will define the space. Use a different flooring/paving material in the outdoor room area than in the rest of the garden.
Step 4 Create ambiance and comfort
Comfort and ambiance play an important role in creating an outdoor room that you will use vs one you won’t. The more welcoming and comfortable you make an outdoor room, the more likely you are to use it.
Outdoor rooms are for the most part exposed to the elements, you’ll need to take this into consideration when planning yours. You may need to create some shade or shelter from the rain. Add some air circulation with ceiling fans or portable fans in the hotter months. And heating with an outdoor heater or fireplace in the winter.
At night create ambiance you can add lighting with outdoor lighting fixtures, outdoor string lights, outdoor chandelier and candles.
Another great way to create comfort is by adding outdoor pillows and outdoor rugs.
Don’t forget about flooring. The more comfortable the flooring the more likely you and guests are to use your outdoor room. For example, if you have grass, pebbles or gravel it is more uncomfortable to walk on and place furniture on and people will not naturally gravitate to the area.
Step 5 Keep with the same style
The best way to create an outdoor room that is an extension of your house is by keeping with the style and materials that you have inside. Using the same or similar looking flooring outside as the inside will create a flow or continuation from inside to the outdoors.
Using similar furnishings and decor style outside will also help unify the two spaces. You can also bring some of the same colors from inside the house with accents and accessories.
Step 6 Bring the indoors out
Outdoor rooms are much more than just some stiff rattan seating with waterproof cushions from the old days. Outdoor furniture has come a long way, you now have many styles and accessories to choose from. You can find almost any product that you can think of that you have inside in an outdoor version.
Even if you have a small budget, you can still create a great outdoor room. There are so many cheap diy projects out there, from outdoor pallet furniture, outdoor rugs to outdoor lighting. All you need is your imagination and a little elbow grease.
If you want to get inspired and see some more great examples of outdoor rooms, check out my pinterest board.