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Create an Outdoor Living Room

Is your patio just another space around your home or can you use it as it was meant to be used? Now more than ever, it is vitally important to our mental health to take the time and enjoy fresh air, to relax and rejuvenate in a place that invites us to sit back, put up our feet and enjoy a good book or glass of wine. If your backyard is lacking in comfort and joy, use these tips to spruce it up just in time for the holiday season. Here are some easy ways to create an outdoor living room you are sure to enjoy year-round.

This Patio Was Made for Lounging

If lounging is what you look forward to doing in your backyard, then it is important to create places that invite lounging. Hard, wrought iron chairs will not do. For serious lounging, you need some seriously comfortable sofas and seating pieces with deep cushions. Bonus points for including an outdoor rocker/recliner with ottoman which is what we feel is the perfect place to curl up with the latest bestseller or watch your favorite show on a portable electronic device.

island estate lanai ottoman
This Island Estate Lanai Ottoman can easily serve more than one purpose.

To get the look, start with this Island Estate Lanai lounge chair and pair it with the matching ottoman, which can also function as a side table to complete the arrangement and provide a perfect spot for a cup of tea and a plate with appetizers. A candle or outdoor lamp lets enjoy the space after the sun goes down.

Sofas Are Not Just for the Indoors

Speaking of seating, how do you accommodate guests invited to your backyard parties? An outdoor sofa or sectional offers plenty of comfy lounging space for a group. This piece is pivotal to create an outdoor living room that rivals that of your indoor living space.

To get the look, consider the Grand Cay Sectional Sofa shown here. The style is reminiscent of Caribbean and Dutch colonial and gives a bungalow vibe to any backyard oasis. And because it is a sectional, you can decide which pieces you wish to put together to form a sofa that is perfectly sized for your patio or deck. Its deep seating Plush Comfort cushions are just the ticket for relaxed lounging and superior comfort.

Creature Comforts

Beyond just plush, upholstered seating pieces, the little extras are what allow you to create an outdoor living room that you will never want to leave. Just as you would furnish an indoor living room, your backyard should contain some key elements to provide creature comforts. We’re talking about things like floor lamps, rugs, planters, throw pillows and poufy ottomans – anything that provides functionality and allows you to have everything necessary for your comfort close at hand.

To get the look, add accessories to the seating arrangements in your backyard oasis. Here, romantic lanterns provide subtle light while a tabletop planter adds visual and textural interest with an arrangement of succulent plants. The outdoor toss pillows offer extra comfort. Add a rug beneath the table to keep your toes warm.

There are many easy ways to create an outdoor living room. Just think about everything you rely on for comfort and relaxation inside your home and take it outside.