It’s no secret that I’m a nature lover and have a passion for beautiful gardens and outdoor rooms. This is one of the reasons that spring and summer are my favorite times of the year. I’ve often encouraged readers to view many of the pictures that I’ve featured as inspiration for their own home design projects. However, it has just recently occurred to me that I have never fully explained exactly what that means or what it looks like in practice. The above picture is one that I thought was very beautiful and inspirational. It may or may not look like your outdoor space but perhaps it reminds you of a similar space that brings back fond memories of a tropical vacation. So with this style guide to outdoor living spaces I’m going to deconstruct this outdoor room and provide some tips on how you can create a similar space for your own home.
Being inspired by a photo doesn’t necessarily mean copying the room down to every single detail. The idea is to tweak the inspirational room so that it better serves your needs or color preferences. So for instance maybe you’re a big fan of orange but instead of turquoise you prefer teal or aquamarine. So that’s the first thing you’re going to change to better suit what appeals to you. Let’s say you like the look of the love seats but you know you’d like to be able to stretch out to read a good book or perhaps take a nap. So therefore a longer sofa would make better sense to you or better yet a sectional. Although you like the whitewashed mirrored chest of drawers you’d rather have a cabinet that will be used as a beverage station. Maybe a large canvas exceeds your budget but a smaller piece of artwork is not only a more budget friendly option but for all practical purposes, the beverage dispenser and other bar accessories that you intend to place on top of the cabinet would distract from or visually block a larger canvas so more empty wall space would actually be a plus. Lastly you think the ceiling color (Benjamin Moore – Seabrook) is perfect so the same exact color is what you’ve envisioned in your space as well. However, you need overhead lighting so the ceiling fan will need to include a light kit. The photos below represent what may be needed to create the ideal outdoor living space to meet these considerations.
This love seat is featured in the inspirational photo above.
Here’s an alternative if you need a longer sofa.
Or perhaps your space is better suited for a sectional.
This Lucite table serves double duty as a magazine rack.
A light kit is a nice addition to the ceiling fan shown in the inspirational photo.
Aquamarine vs. turquoise is somewhat of a departure from the inspirational space.
I know today’s post is far longer than usual however I’ve been on a hiatus over the past several weeks so I wanted to make up for the lack of new content and deviation from my regular weekly schedule. Actually I have a few projects that have had me busier than normal so rather than checking back to see if I’ve posted anything new I would encourage you to sign up for the monthly newsletter to ensure you don’t miss new content. I hope you enjoyed today’s post if you want additional sources of inspiration like the inspirational photo featured be sure to visit me on Pinterest and check out my Outdoor Living board. There’s no greater feeling than living in a home you absolutely love!