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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.