|Our outdoor room has misters for the hot summer months and a fireplace for cooler winter months making it great year-round|
There is nothing like enjoying the great outdoors with all the comforts of home at your fingertips. In the desert climate, we enjoy our outdoor space year-round. It is truly an extension of our home. Outdoor rooms have become more popular in the last few years, for good reason. It can be a great place to entertain and relax in a magical setting.
I think there are some "must-haves" in the creation of your outdoor room. A sense of enclosure is important. This may be walls on a few sides, the posts of a pergola, curtains, or a living wall of potted plants, to name a few options.
|A buffet from a thrift store; painted and used for storage and serving|
|My front garden|
Lighting is also important in your outdoor space, as you will often be using this area in the evening. I am not a big fan of overhead lighting, so a little creativity helps. Candles are an obvious choice, but twinkle lights and some of the other outdoor string lighting provide great light at an affordable price. Don't overlook the low-voltage landscape lighting- very easy to install. I also like some solar lights, but hate the "blue-toned" ones.
Consider going bold with color. Outdoor light saturates it anyway, so a bright hue doesn't have quite the same punch as it might indoors. Love turquoise? Buy some bright pillows and accessories and liven things up. I have painted the walls of my outdoor room a bright red. Go all-out with an outdoor rug, a curtain or two and anything else that strikes your fancy, making it cozy and comfortable and really feel like a "room". Just be careful - you'll have a hard time tearing yourself away once you create the perfect outdoor spot to relax and entertain friends!