How To Make An Outdoor Living Space You’ll Want To Hang Out In

How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space

There’s something about sitting outside on your deck or patio in the summer that can’t be beaten.

You can hear the birds singing, feel the sun warming your face and see (and smell) the beautiful flowers in the garden.  It’s just so relaxing!

When I lived in Canada, it seemed like winter took so long to end that when the warmer weather arrived, everyone just wanted to get out of the house. Decks and patios were everywhere…and they would all be packed with people enjoying the outdoor weather as soon as it was possible to do so.

Even though I live in South Carolina now where the winters are not nearly as long (or as cold!), I still get that urge to be outside when spring rolls around. So I created more than one outdoor living area in my yard. And, yes, I do use them all 🙂

Keep reading to see my tips for creating a secret garden in your outdoor living space.

Bring the Inside Out

Outdoor kitchen | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Outdoor kitchen

Try to create outdoor versions of your indoor rooms to give your space a purpose. If you have a dining area, living area or kitchen area outdoors, it gives you a specific reason to go out there.

Outdoor dining room | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Outdoor dining room

Creating a room with a gazebo is an obvious option.

The lattice fence creates a "room" | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
The lattice fence creates a “room”

But you can also do it with plants, a screen, or anything else that helps to make an area feel contained.

Use Comfortable Furniture

How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.

The next secret to creating a really relaxing outdoor living space is to make it as comfortable as your indoor space.

Outdoor sectional sofa | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Outdoor sectional sofa

Think outdoor sofas, armchairs, end tables and/or a dining table and chairs.

A little bistro set may look pretty, but nobody is going to relax sitting in those little chairs!

Make Sure There’s Enough Shade

Seating in the shade | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Seating in the shade

If you are lucky enough to have trees providing shade for your seating area, you are ahead of the game.

Beverly Hilton poolside room | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
The awning over the pool rooms at the Beverley Hilton

If you don’t, providing some shade over the seating area will help to cool it down, making it more comfortable. You can do this using permanent structures such as gazebos, covered porches, and awnings.

Umbrellas create shade | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Umbrellas create shade

Or you can use less-permanent shade solutions such as umbrellas and shade sails.  Don’t be afraid to use more than one if one umbrella does not cover your area.

Use Colors That You Like

Umbrellas provide color | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Umbrellas provide color

Both flowers and seating material provide color in your outdoor space. Just like inside, if you pick colors that you love, it will automatically make you want to go out there.

Fortunately, these days outdoor fabric is available in all kinds of different colors, so you can create pretty much any color scheme you want to use.

Control the Bugs

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Nothing makes it uncomfortable to be outside like being bitten by mosquitoes or swarmed by flies.

BiteFighter Torch Fuel, via amazon.com*

Fortunately, there are easy ways to do this.  I like to use tiki torches with Citronella fuel.  They look pretty and help to keep the bugs at bay! diy citronella candle

Or for smaller areas, try these DIY Citronella candles.

Create Some Privacy

Ground floor patio at the Hilton Rose Hall in Jamaica | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Ground floor patio at the Hilton Rose Hall in Jamaica

You don’t have to build a brick wall or a tall fence, but creating a feeling of privacy will make your outdoor room feel like a secret garden.

Resort hotels are really good at implementing this concept (they are hosting a lot of people in close quarters)…so you can get some inspiration by looking at how they create privacy.

Cabanas with curtains poolside at the Beverly Hilton | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Cabanas with curtains poolside at the Beverly Hilton

If you want the flexibility of having the space open or closed, try installing curtains that can be opened and closed (like these cabanas at the Beverly Hilton in L.A.)

Plants create a screen | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Plants create a screen

Plants can also create a great privacy screen.

Add Lighting

A candelabra adds ambiance | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
A candelabra adds ambiance

Besides being functional, lighting at night adds a magical feel to your outdoor room. You can use candles for a really easy way to add some ambiance.

Create task lighting | How To Make a Cozy Outdoor Living Space | If you want some ideas for making a zen outdoor living space, these easy tips will help you create an area that is cozy and relaxing.
Create task lighting

Or go for a more permanent solution with installed landscape lighting. Either way lets you use your outdoor room after dark.

Click HERE to find out more about outdoor lighting and how to install it.

Hopefully, you have found some inspiration to create your own cozy outdoor living space.

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