When planned well, your outdoor room can be an extension of your home's existing floorplan. Advances in furniture construction, screening, outdoor lighting, and heating and cooling mean that you can comfortably use your outdoor space in winter as well as the warmer months.
Whether you're planning your outdoor room from scratch or doing some easy DIY, here are some top design ideas to get the inspiration flowing for your makeover.
Greenery is good
Foliage adds ambience to any space and is particularly useful at seamlessly integrating your outdoor space with your garden. Planter boxes or dwarf trees in pots are a great idea, as you can shift them to suit the seasons or the placement of furniture. Even if you don't have much of a green thumb, you can hardly go wrong trying out some succulents in terracotta pots.
Flowers in hanging pots are also a lovely, budget-friendly way of adding colour and movement to your outdoor living room. If you have only a small area to work with, you may like to try a vertical garden – herbs grow particularly well this way and are useful as well as ornamental. The Chelsea and the Fortitude show how greenery can be incorporated into an outdoor room using a vertical garden.