Inspiring Outdoor Spaces to Start Your Summer Right

Keywords: pool, lounge area, night

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.

A wooden deck with inspiring mountain views.
Wide open views are enjoyed in this beautiful outdoor living area (Pinterest)
A living room with an inspiring view of the mountains.
Views are the highlight for this outdoor living space (zcustomhomes)
An inspiring balcony with a view of the city.
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.

An inspiring outdoor living area with wicker furniture and a fireplace.
Create an outdoor oasis of your own (Pinterest)
Inspiring outdoor patio with white couches and a table.
Comfort is key when designing outdoor spaces (vangviet)
An outdoor kitchen with a grill and bar stools, perfect for inspiring outdoor spaces.
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.

An inspiring outdoor kitchen with a pool and grill to start your summer right.
A variety of separate areas keeps a good flow for entertaining (activerain)
Inspiring modern backyard with a fire pit and dining area.
Separate areas for the fire pit and dining make this outdoor space versatile (skroutzondeck)
An inspiring outdoor living area with a pool.
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.

An outdoor patio with a fireplace and grill, perfect for inspiring outdoor spaces to start your summer right.
A roomy and versatile outdoor living area (Pinterest)
Keywords: Outdoor living area, pool, lounge chairs
A luxurious outdoor living space (Pinterest)
An outdoor living area with a fireplace and couches, perfect for inspiring summer relaxation.
This space provides plenty of entertaining options (luxurypools)
An Inspiring Outdoor Space with a Large Covered Porch and Fireplace.
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 gazebo and lounge chairs create an inspiring backyard pool space for summer.
A beautiful swimming pool and backyard oasis (Pinterest)
An inspiring outdoor patio with furniture and a pool to start your summer right.
A nice seating and dining area adjacent to the pool makes for easy entertaining (Pinterest)
Inspiring backyard with a pool and patio area.
A beautiful backyard perfect for entertaining (idreamhomez)
An inspiring pool with gazebo at night.
A swimming pool with waterfall is the centerpiece for this outdoor oasis (gadreampools)
Inspiring outdoor oasis with a swimming pool in the middle of a lush green garden.
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 inspiring rooftop with a view of the city and a purple couch to start your summer right.
A stunning rooftop living area (betterhomelifestyle)
Inspiring outdoor chess set on a wooden deck.
Art and play on this rooftop living area (home-designing)
An inspiring rooftop living room with a fire pit for the perfect summer experience.
Unique lighting highlights this rooftop living space (home-designing)
A rooftop deck with furniture and a view of the city, perfect for inspiring outdoor spaces to start your summer right.
A lovely grassy area for this rooftop outdoor living area (interiordesignlovers)
A rooftop patio with inspiring furniture.
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.

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Tips for creating a backyard escape
Keywords: Outdoor living area, fireplace
This cozy outdoor living area is perfect for intimate dinners (HGTV)
Inspiring outdoor space with a screened-in porch, fireplace, and chairs.
Fireside relaxation made cozy (Pinterest)
An inspiring outdoor space with a large patio, fireplace, and couches.
This outdoor living space is a direct extension to the interior (themalibulife)
An outdoor living area with a pool and a fireplace, perfect for inspiring summer relaxation.
Imagine a swimming pool just steps from your back door (Pinterest)
Inspiring outdoor living area with a fireplace and outdoor furniture.
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.

An inspiring backyard with a fire pit and chairs to start your summer right.
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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