Contemporary outdoor living space by Decorilla designer, Stella P

Dreaming of transforming your backyard into a relaxing retreat? Imagine lounging under the stars or hosting the ultimate outdoor BBQ in the perfect summer oasis for all your al fresco dreams. Upgrading to inviting outdoor living spaces could be the perfect solution, turning your home into a haven for leisure and entertainment.

What is Considered an Outdoor Living Space?

Tropical outdoor living space by Decorilla designer, Amelia R.
Tropical outdoor living space by DECORILLA designer, Amelia R.

An outdoor living space is more than just a backyard- it is an extension of your home. It includes any areas outside your home designed for relaxation, entertainment, dining, or cooking. Think of it as your outdoor living room where you can enjoy the scenery and fresh air while still having the comforts of home. From a cozy outdoor sitting area to a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, these functional spaces are perfect for extending your usable living area and making the most of your backyard. They blend comfort and style, making the great outdoors feel as comfy and inviting as your living room.

Not sure which style is right for your outdoor living area? Take an interior design style quiz to discover your personal decorating style today! 

Outdoor Spaces: Designer-Approved Inspiration

Spanish modern outdoor living space by Decorilla
Spanish modern outdoor living space by DECORILLA

Discover the perfect balance of style, comfort, and functionality as we unveil the top picks for creating designer-approved outdoor spaces that redefine al fresco living. From cozy corners to luxurious lounges, these meticulously crafted areas promise to enhance your outdoor experience.

1. The Classic Patio Living Space

Contemporary Patio Outdoor Design by DECORILLA
Contemporary patio outdoor design by DECORILLA

Create an outdoor patio living area that serves as a versatile foundation for your outdoor activities, from a morning coffee spot to a gathering place for evening socials. Curate the timeless outdoor living design with quality plush seating, an elegant outdoor rug, and weatherproof furniture. Incorporate a statement piece like a fire pit or stylish outdoor sofa to anchor the space.

Pro Tip: Consider installing pathway lights for wayfinding, and highlighting architectural features in your patio living space with uplights or wall washers.

2. Chic Outdoor Cooking Quarters

Elegant Outdoor Cooking Area by DECORILLA
Elegant outdoor cooking area by DECORILLA

Improve your outdoor cooking area with amenities like built-in grills, pizza ovens, and outdoor sinks that make hosting dinners a breeze. Enhance the culinary experience with a sleek outdoor kitchen setup featuring stainless steel appliances, ample counter space, and integrated storage solutions. Design the layout to optimize workflow and accessibility, ensuring a seamless cooking experience.

Pro Tip: Incorporate a durable and stain-resistant countertop material like granite or quartz for easy maintenance.

3. Serenity in the Sunroom

Contemporary Outdoor Sunrooms by DECORILLA
Contemporary outdoor sunrooms by DECORILLA

Incorporate an outdoor sunroom to enjoy the beauty of nature from the comfort of an enclosed space, perfect for areas with less predictable weather. Create serene outdoor sunrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable seating, and lush greenery. Opt for furniture with moisture-resistant cushions and fabrics to withstand exposure to sunlight and humidity.

Pro Tip: Install retractable shades or blinds to control light and privacy, allowing you to enjoy the sunroom year-round.

4. Fireside Elegance

Rustic Outdoor Living Space with Fireplace by DECORILLA
Rustic outdoor living space with fireplace by DECORILLA

Design an outdoor living space with fireplace or fire pit installations to create a warm, inviting focal point that draws guests together for storytelling and marshmallow roasting. Surround the fire pit with comfortable seating for a cozy and intimate experience. Choose materials like natural stone or fire-resistant brick to enhance durability and aesthetics.

Pro Tip: Design an outdoor space with a smokeless fire pit or chimney system to maximize comfort for guests.

5. Luxurious Poolside Lounging

Luxurious Outdoor Living Pool and Patio by DECORILLA
Luxurious outdoor living pool and patio by DECORILLA

Integrate an outdoor pool and patio living area where you can relax under the sun after a refreshing swim, enhancing both comfort and functionality. Design the luxurious poolside oasis with resort-inspired features like lounge chairs, cabanas, and a cool water feature. Integrate landscaping elements like palm trees or tropical plants to enhance the ambiance and provide shade. Choose materials like aluminum or resin wicker for poolside furniture, as they are durable and resistant to rust and corrosion.

Pro Tip: Install underwater LED lights to illuminate the pool and water features, creating a dramatic effect at night.

6. Dining Under the Stars

Traditional Outdoor Dining Room by DECORILLA
Traditional outdoor dining room by DECORILLA

Set up an outdoor dining room with a spacious stylish dining table and comfortable seating to host memorable meals under the sky. Set the stage for unforgettable outdoor dining experiences with ambient lighting and strategically placed LED candles on the table to cast a soft, romantic glow.

Pro Tip: Consider installing a combination of overhead pendant lights and string lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for a festive dining experience.

7. Peaceful Garden Sitting Areas

Green Garden Outdoor Living Area by DECORILLA
Green garden outdoor living area by DECORILLA

Craft a tranquil outdoor sitting area amidst your garden, using lush plantings, natural landscaping, a variety of seating options, and soothing water features to create a peaceful retreat. Choose furniture made from sustainable materials like teak or recycled plastic for an eco-friendly appeal. Use permeable pavers or natural stone for pathways and seating areas to allow rainwater to infiltrate the soil and reduce runoff.

Pro Tip: Install solar-powered landscape lights to highlight trees, shrubs, and architectural features, creating depth and visual interest in the garden.

8. Entertainment and Movie Night Zone

Modern Outdoor Entertainment Area by DECORILLA
Modern outdoor entertainment area by DECORILLA

Transform your backyard living spaces with an outdoor entertainment area, complete with a dedicated movie screening area featuring a large outdoor screen, a smart projector, comfortable seating, and surround sound speakers for family movie nights under the stars.  Create a cozy atmosphere with outdoor rugs, plush throw pillows, and warm blankets.

Pro Tip: Choose seating options like modular sectionals or oversized bean bags for flexibility and comfort during movie nights.

9. The Ultimate Outdoor Bar

Bar Outdoor Living Space with Fireplace by DECORILLA
Bar outdoor living space with fireplace by DECORILLA

Consider adding a sophisticated bar to your backyard living spaces, making your home the hottest spot in the neighborhood for adults to unwind. Boost your outdoor entertaining game with a fully equipped bar area complete with a built-in refrigerator, sink, and ample counter space for mixing drinks. Incorporate seating options like bar stools or lounge chairs for guests to relax and socialize. And don’t forget to design the bar area with built-in storage for glassware, utensils, and beverages to keep everything organized and accessible.

Pro Tip: Install pendant lights or track lighting above the bar area to provide task lighting for bartending activities.

10. Cozy Covered Outdoor Living Spaces

Sleek Covered Outdoor Living Spaces by DECORILLA
Sleek covered outdoor living spaces by DECORILLA

Build covered outdoor living spaces that provide shade and shelter, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather. Design a versatile covered patio or pergola featuring retractable awnings, ceiling fans, and weather-resistant furniture. Choose flooring materials like porcelain tile or composite decking for durability and resistance to moisture and mold. And for those in colder climates, incorporate heating elements like outdoor heaters or fire pits in your outdoor screened room to extend the usability of the space during cooler months.

Pro Tip: Select materials like aluminum or vinyl for the pergola structure for low maintenance and durability.

11. Compact Comfort for Small Backyard Living Spaces

Airy Small Outdoor Living Spaces Design by DECORILLA
Airy small outdoor living spaces design by DECORILLA designer, Anna C.

Maximize small outdoor living spaces by choosing multi-functional furniture and vertical gardens to enhance your compact area without sacrificing style. Incorporate space-saving furniture such as collapsible tables and foldable chairs for easier storage. To enhance the illusion of space, opt for a cohesive color scheme and minimalist design elements. Choose light-colored furniture and accessories to reflect natural light and create an airy, open feel.

Pro Tip: Opt for lightweight materials like aluminum or resin wicker for portability. Consider incorporating small-scale decor items like tabletop fire pits or decorative lanterns to add warmth and charm to your intimate retreat.

12. Zen-Inspired Lounging

Zen Outdoor Lounging Area by DECORILLA
Zen outdoor lounging area by DECORILLA

Incorporate elements like bamboo fences, minimalist furniture, and a neutral color palette to create an outdoor lounging area that radiates calm and simplicity. Complete your Zen-inspired retreat with tranquil water features as well as gardens filled with sand, rocks, and bonsai trees. Then, arrange the layout to promote relaxation and mindfulness, with comfortable seating areas for meditation or reflection.

Pro Tip: Choose furniture made from natural materials like bamboo or rattan for an organic and authentic feel.

Outdoor Living Spaces FAQs

Poolside outdoor living by DECORILLA designer, Kristin G.

Q: How do I maintain my outdoor furniture?

A: Choose durable materials designed for outdoor use and consider protective covers. Regular cleaning and seasonal maintenance will extend the life of your furniture.

Q: Can I have an outdoor living space in a small backyard?

A: Absolutely! Small spaces can be incredibly cozy and functional. Focus on multi-use solutions and vertical designs to maximize your area.

Q: What are the best plants for an outdoor living area?

A: Opt for native plants that thrive in your climate, require less water and care, and blend seamlessly with your outdoor decor.

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