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10 Design Tips for an Outstanding Outdoor Living Space

Creating an outdoor living space can take a lot of time and money, but it’s a fantastic way to make more use of the space in your backyard. Whether it’s extending your patio or creating a separate living space with a beautiful roof and high-end furniture, there are lots of different options for you to pick from. In this article, we’ll be covering 10 of the most useful design tips to help you create an incredible outdoor living space.

Pick high-quality outdoor furniture

High-quality garden furniture is an absolute must for designing a great outdoor living space that you actually want to use. High-quality doesn’t have to mean expensive, so make sure you try out different pieces of outdoor furniture before buying.

It’s also essential to prepare your summer barbeque and social area ahead of the season so that you can show off your new outdoor space. has a vast range of fashionable and quality-designed outdoor barbeque grills and smokers for you to browse and match to your outdoor furniture.  

Use plenty of plants

Even though your garden might already be full of plants, it’s a good idea to bring some of them over to your outdoor living space to make it integrate seamlessly with your garden.

Pick unique planters

If you’re going to add plants, try and avoid typical pots and consider using something a little more interesting and modern. There are lots of unique planters available that cover a wide range of design styles.

Always have a centerpiece

It could be a unique potted plant, a large outdoor table or even a statue. Whatever the case, try and have some kind of centerpiece that will make your outdoor living space look that much more interesting.

Cover your outdoor living space

Your outdoor living space should have some kind of cover to both protect it and also serve as a “roof” of sorts. Pick a stylish fabric or material and it will lift the entire design to look absolutely stunning.

Add lots of soft furnishings

Soft furnishings can add a nice touch to common garden furniture such as metal seats and wooden stalls. These can add a nice touch of color too for an added bonus.

Make it a functional space

Functional spaces help to get you outside and using your outdoor living space. A great example would be to add a kitchen, dining table or even a relaxing workspace.

Add lots of convenient features

Convenience is a great way to make more use of your outdoor living space. For instance, you could install a retractable awning system from a company like Eclipse Shading Systems to protect your outdoor living space from the weather while also allowing the sun to shine in when it’s retracted.

Focus on a lighting theme

Do you want mood lighting that works brilliantly at night, or are you looking for colorful LED lights that can be changed to create an outdoor party environment? Pick a lighting theme that complements the colors of your outdoor living space.

Coordinate designs and colors

If you want to create a seamless design, think about how you can coordinate different designs and colors of your outdoor living space with your indoor one. This can include matching color themes, tones and even materials.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food.