Inspiring Outdoor Spaces to Start Your Summer Right

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A luxurious backyard retreat with something for everyone
A luxurious backyard retreat with something for everyone (themaisonette.net)

Summer is just around the corner and the focus moves toward the outdoors – backyard barbecues, parties and simple relaxation.  Here are luxurious and creative outdoor living areas for the backyard and rooftop to inspire you to create your own outdoor oasis.

Wide open views are enjoyed in this beautiful outdoor living area
Wide open views are enjoyed in this beautiful outdoor living area (Pinterest)
Views are the highlight for this outdoor living space
Views are the highlight for this outdoor living space (zcustomhomes)
A cozy rooftop living area
A cozy rooftop living area (luxuo)

When it comes to outdoor spaces, the best way to make your inspirations come true is to envision the outdoors just as you would your indoor spaces.  For example, your number one focus for the indoors is comfort.  This doesn’t vary for outdoor spaces.  Choose furnishings that will conform to your needs and that can stand up to the elements.  Store cushions during inclement weather and off-season.

Create an outdoor oasis of your own
Create an outdoor oasis of your own (Pinterest)
Comfort is key when designing outdoor spaces
Comfort is key when designing outdoor spaces (vangviet)
Including an outdoor kitchen and bar is the perfect entertaining option
Including an outdoor kitchen and bar is the perfect entertaining option (Pinterest)

If you have the space, allocate an area for a fire pit, a cooking area and a relaxation or conversation area (which may be surrounding the fire pit).  If you entertain often, several seating areas work well, giving guests the opportunity to relax while mingling.  Provide tables or garden stools for resting food and drinks.

A variety of separate areas keeps a good flow for entertaining
A variety of separate areas keeps a good flow for entertaining (activerain)
Separate areas for the fire pit and dining make this outdoor space versatile
Separate areas for the fire pit and dining make this outdoor space versatile (skroutzondeck)
Various areas for seating make for easy and versatile outdoor spaces
Various areas for seating make for easy and versatile outdoor spaces (mylifeonthedeck)

A totally separate space for your outdoor living area, such as a pergola or other structure, makes a wonderful backyard display perfect for a variety of gatherings.

A roomy and versatile outdoor living area
A roomy and versatile outdoor living area (Pinterest)
A luxurious outdoor living space
A luxurious outdoor living space (Pinterest)
This space provides plenty of entertaining options
This space provides plenty of entertaining options (luxurypools)
A separate outdoor pavilion for relaxing or entertaining
A separate outdoor pavilion for relaxing or entertaining (Pinterest)

A backyard swimming pool is an added luxury and can become the centerpiece of your outdoor space.  Building a patio around the pool to provide ample lounging and seating areas is a plus.

A beautiful swimming pool and backyard oasis
A beautiful swimming pool and backyard oasis (Pinterest)
A nice seating and dining area adjacent to the pool makes for easy entertaining
A nice seating and dining area adjacent to the pool makes for easy entertaining (Pinterest)
A beautiful backyard perfect for entertaining
A beautiful backyard perfect for entertaining (idreamhomez)
A swimming pool with waterfall is the centerpiece for this outdoor oasis
A swimming pool with waterfall is the centerpiece for this outdoor oasis (gadreampools)
A beautiful infinity pool edges this property
A beautiful infinity pool edges this property (Pinterest)

Rooftop outdoor living is a whole new world from the backyard.  Imagine wide open space and glorious city views and set up an outdoor playground for partying or just relaxing amid the stars and city sights.

A stunning rooftop living area
A stunning rooftop living area (betterhomelifestyle)
Art and play on this rooftop living area
Art and play on this rooftop living area (home-designing)
Unique lighting highlights this rooftop living space
Unique lighting highlights this rooftop living space (home-designing)
A lovely grassy area for this rooftop outdoor living area
A lovely grassy area for this rooftop outdoor living area (interiordesignlovers)
Stunning views for an outdoor living space
Stunning views for an outdoor living space (home-designing)

Patio areas that are an extension of the house create a cozy spot for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.  An intimate grouping of chairs around a fireplace makes the evenings that much more enjoyable.

This cozy outdoor living area is perfect for intimate dinners
This cozy outdoor living area is perfect for intimate dinners (HGTV)
Fireside relaxation made cozy
Fireside relaxation made cozy (Pinterest)
This outdoor living space is a direct extension to the interior
This outdoor living space is a direct extension to the interior (themalibulife)
Imagine a swimming pool just steps from your back door
Imagine a swimming pool just steps from your back door (Pinterest)
This patio area opens up to take advantage of the view
This patio area opens up to take advantage of the view (decoist)

Include plenty of natural elements, such as stone, plantings and a water feature to truly make your outdoor space an escape.

A beautiful waterfall accents this outdoor living area
Beautiful stone accents and plantings enhance this outdoor living area (hgtvremodels)

Designing an outdoor living space that makes all your dreams come true can be quite an accomplishment.  It enhances the value of your home and provides a great spot for entertaining.  Most of all, an outdoor living space gives you a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

 

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