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5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

When you think about where you want to spend your time outdoors, most people either think about a porch or a deck. And while both of those are important, they’re not the only spaces that can be used for outdoor living. If you have a backyard, you can turn it into an outdoor space by creating a patio and adding outdoor furniture, lighting, vines and other landscaping touches. You don’t even need a big yard — with some planning and creative use of smaller spaces like rooftop gardens, alcoves and nooks, anyone can create an oasis in their city apartment. In any home — big or small — there are multiple ways to incorporate an outdoor living space without dedicating an entire room or spending thousands on renovations. Here are some tips to get you started on creating the perfect outdoor living space in your home.


Decide what you want from your outdoor space

Before you start adding elements to your outdoor living space, think about what you want to get out of it. Is it a place for entertaining? Will you be cooking out there? Will you be growing plants? Is it a children’s play area? Will you be putting a patio on the side of your house or in the backyard? Make a list of what you want to get out of your outdoor living space, and you’ll be able to create a space tailored to your needs. Garden furniture


Install an area rug

Area rugs are a great way to define space, add some style and, if necessary, protect your flooring from outdoor elements like rain, leaves and soil. Plus, they’re inexpensive and easy to clean. If you’re worried about dirt, moisture or pests ruining your indoor-outdoor rug, you can simply roll it up and bring it indoors when your outdoor living space isn’t in use. Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, from round to rectangular to octagonal. If you’re working with a specific size outdoor space, you can also choose a rug that’s cut to size. Most outdoor rugs are made of synthetic fibers, but if you want something a bit more natural, look for wool or cotton options.


Add some greenery

One of the most common elements in outdoor spaces is greenery. Whether you go full-on tropical with a big hibiscus plant or add succulents to some decorative pots, greenery adds color, texture and life to your outdoor living space. You can spruce up a porch or patio with plants, or you can add plants to your backyard to create a sense of privacy and give your outdoor space a lush, nature-y feel. If you’re worried about pests or diseases spreading from your outdoor plants to your indoor plants, you can add pots to your outdoor living space. If you want to add plants to your backyard, choose varieties that are well-suited to your climate, soil type and sunlight situation.


Light it up

If you’re adding an outdoor area to your home, it’s a good idea to think about how you’ll light the space. You can add general lighting that illuminates the entire space, or you can add a spotlight or two to focus on specific areas. If you have a porch, you can also add porch lights or porch swing lights. If you have an outdoor alcove, nook or small backyard area, you can also add lights to it as well. In addition to adding general lighting, consider adding string lights to your outdoor living space. You can add them around the edges of your patio, wrap them around some shrubs or trees, or let them hang down in a hammock or other seating area.


Add some storage

One issue people run into when creating an outdoor living space is needing more storage for all their outdoor stuff. Outdoor plants, pots and gardening supplies, tablecloths, chairs, lighting, grills — the list goes on. If you want to store items like tablecloths and extra chairs, try adding an outdoor shelving system to your patio or deck. If you want to store pots and gardening supplies, look for outdoor storage options like cabinets and sheds. If you want to store your grill and other cooking items, you can add outdoor cabinets to your patio or deck.


Don’t forget the seating!

You can have the most beautiful outdoor living space in the world, but if you don’t have any place to sit, it’s not much of a space. You can create a seating area in just about any outdoor space, even a small alcove or rooftop garden. If you have a small backyard, a common solution is to add a bench or two. If you have a rooftop, you can use wall-mounted benches. You can also add an outdoor sofa or sectional, outdoor rocking chairs or hammocks. If you have an outdoor alcove or nook, you can add stools or benches.



Creating an outdoor living space is an excellent way to add value to your home and create a great space to relax. However, before you dive in, make sure you’re following any local zoning and building regulations. Additionally, you should also consider how much time and money you want to put into your outdoor living space. If you want to create a rooftop oasis, you’re going to need some serious cash and engineering know-how. But if you want to create a simple, cost-effective outdoor living space, you can do it with a little planning and creativity.

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