Interior design

Creating your new living room out of doors

No matter how many living spaces your home has, you can always use one more outdoors! Create a vertical garden as the framework for a fragrant, serene, and practical living space.

Practical guide - 30 August 2016

Tip 1

A green wall

Nothing creates the feeling of an outdoor room more successfully than a green living room wall. You don’t need four like in a house: two or even one will give definition to your space and make it feel like a room.

Tip 2

Herbs upon herbs

If your green wall is made of hanging herb planters on a trellis or wooden fence, place the smaller ones at the top, and the larger planters lower down. Start watering at the top to benefit from the trickle-down effect.

Tip 3

Seating is essential

Next to walls, seating is what makes a living room. Hardwood benches and tables will last for decades with the right protection, and rag rugs or waterproof cotton throws can brighten more budget-friendly rattan.

Tip 4

Creative coffee tables

Great living room designs for outdoors lend themselves to creative imagination. Use wooden pallets for a rustic look, or use reclaimed planks to make a table with a planter recess in the middle: a new take on living room decoration.

Tip 5

Downwind barbecue

Great living room designs for outdoors lend themselves to creative imagination. Use wooden pallets for a rustic look, or use reclaimed planks to make a table with a planter recess in the middle: a new take on living room decoration.

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Tip 6

Seasonal flowering

Draw up a planting plan before your start. Create a brick structure for a montage of tubs at different heights with various flowering months for year-round interest. The hardy waxy-bloomed flowering quince is a great mid-winter color splash.

Tip 7

A water feature

Even a tiny trickling fountain will bring freshness, sound and sparkle to your outdoor garden, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. You can make a small fountain with a solar-powered pump and pebble-filled bucket. Just add water.

Tip 8

Back to the soil

Plain cotton rugs from a thrift store make a splash of color for covering the ground stones, tiles or decking. Don’t be afraid of them rotting – when they do, they make great compost!

Tip 9

Tree lights

Every room needs lighting.  Tree, shrub, or fence lights help to define the shape of the space after dark and create a sense of coziness. Static lights placed inside shrubs appear to twinkle as the observer moves.

Tip 10

Candlelight magic

Candlelight makes instant romance. Hang your candle lantern casings high on a fence, trellis, or pergola for a splash of color where it’s needed. And after dusk, they’re all you need for a romantic ambiance in your outdoor living room.

In a nutshell

A vertical garden based on a wall, fence, or trellis is the foundation of an outdoor room, and is great for growing herbs and hanging lanterns too.

Create rustic furniture from wood, pallets, and colorful cotton throws.

Use solar-powered lights draped in bushes and foliage and candle lanterns for instant romance.

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