Extend Your Living Space: 8 Ways to Bring Indoor Style to Your Outdoor Oasis

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We all want our yards to feel like a natural extension of our homes, but it can be hard to accomplish if you're unprepared. From which materials to pick to whether or not an outdoor kitchen is for you, you're not alone in the decision struggle.

These are eight of the best ways to bring indoor style to your outdoor oasis, and this idea can increase your property's value!

Cozy Seating Areas

Sitting is a natural part of enjoying any space. We sit for meals, for gathering with friends, for writing things down, and so much more. When designing an outdoor space, you need to keep seating in mind. This can mean a lounging area, a table, and comfortable chairs near an outdoor kitchen.

Feel free to extend ideas from your home's interior to the outside! This will blur the lines between indoors and outdoors and make your entire property feel more purposeful.

Remember that the base of your seating needs to be sturdy! Consider porcelain vs. concrete pavers and choose one that matches your budget and aesthetic needs.

Outdoor Rugs

Why not invest in comfort when building an outdoor space for yourself? Although you don't want a shag rug outside, you should pick rugs that are weatherproof while remaining comfortable.

Take color inspiration from the plants in your yard and the exterior of your home. This rug should feel like a natural part of your property, not something that was grabbed at the last second.

Ambient Lighting

Lighting will ensure the party never ends. Outdoor lighting should be more than just floodlights. This needs to be comfortable, soft, and almost lamp-like. Your guests shouldn't notice when outdoor lights come on, which can be managed using a smart lighting system that plays off the sunlight.

Remember to consider neighbors and your windows. Nobody wants to be kept awake by errant rays of outdoor light. 

Outdoor Kitchen

A large part of entertaining is feeding guests and sharing drinks. Although you could run in and out of your kitchen to do this, it would break the immersion of the party and leave you feeling left out.

Outdoor kitchens create a focal point for people to gather and can add entertainment while people visit with each other. Remember to build this sturdily and keep weatherproofing in mind. Everything, from your fridge to your counters, must be rated as safe for outdoor use.

Sheltered Structures

The summers are only getting hotter, but that shouldn't keep us inside! Instead of fleeing from the sun, consider building some shade. This could mean a full roof over your deck or a lovely gazebo, but you should consider what best suits your home's aesthetic. If you have limited space, many go for a retractable awning instead.

The shade will beat the summer heat and allow you and your loved ones to spend as much time outdoors as you want.

Outdoor Art and Decor

There are countless house color schemes, which you choose will decide much about what outdoor art and decor you can work with. You might want to play with lighter or more colorful decor if you have a darker home with black paint. The same goes for having a lighter colored house; dark decor can make a stark difference.

One of the most popular options is to stop and use the same style and colors you have inside your home. Pulling the indoors out in this way makes your entire property feel purposeful.

Greenery and Landscaping

The greenery you pick should feel like it was made for your home. Whether you add a shrubbery wall to buffer noise from the neighbors or you go for a native plant lawn that fits your property to the tee, it's going to say a lot about your personality and taste. 

Guiding water down and away from your home is a vital part of your home's landscaping. Beyond building a rain garden, looking into ideas like rain chains for gutters to help manage moisture even more is important.

Outdoor Entertainment

Outdoor entertainment is as important as indoor entertainment! You could go classic and have a large outdoor television or Bluetooth speakers installed around your property to boost the vibes when you're entertaining. 

Think about what type of entertainment you want and how you'll use this space when you don't have guests over. Do you see yourself sitting out and watching television while having breakfast? Will the speakers get enough use to be worth it? Be bold and think these things through.

Your Home’s Exterior Should Feel Like a Natural Extension

Pulling the indoors outside can be a great way to make your home feel larger! Follow some of these tips, and consider Etch Interior Design for more inspiration!

Author Bio

Andrea Erickson is a freelance writer who loves sharing her knowledge and expertise in renovation and Interior Design. She lives in her hometown of Austin, Texas where she enjoys spending time with her husband and decorating with her children. Andrea’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a construction industry resource site.