Bright ideas for outdoor living spaces

Read on to discover tips and tricks to create idyllic outdoor living spaces.

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Why shouldn't your outdoor living spaces be just as comfortable and convenient as your indoor ones? We have some top tips for creating an idyllic outdoor space for warm summer days and starry nights, including tips for building an outdoor kitchen and what furniture you should include.

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Top tips for creating the perfect outside kitchen

With our top outdoor kitchen ideas, you will be able to create the perfect outside kitchen to enjoy your outdoor areas on warmer days:

  • Firstly, you will want somewhere to cook. Set up at fitted barbeque with a prep station. Built-in brick areas with counter space is a great way to do this.
  • To add a little something extra, invest in a clay pizza oven. Not only do these make a great addition to an outside kitchen; they also make a great feature piece and talking point for any upcoming garden parties you’re planning.
  • Add in some storage space. If you have a purpose-built area for your barbeque and prep, why not add in storage cupboards beneath your prep station? Here you can store tools for your barbeque and so much more.
  • Why not design an outdoor bar? If you’re throwing a garden party, food isn’t the only thing you’ll be serving. An outdoor bar is a great place to provide drinks, and you can use a wooden frame with a corrugated iron roof to keep the area covered and dry.
  • An open pergola is a great way to frame your outdoor kitchen. Growing a variety of climbing plants like wisteria will help to give your outside kitchen space a truly wild feel as well as add a pop of colour to the space.

What furniture should you include in outdoor living spaces?

Creating an outdoor living room is easier than you think with just a few finishing touches to make it a relaxing space to enjoy on warm summer evenings.

  • If you decide to build an open outdoor space, but it has a roof, why not invest in a TV or a project screen? This is a great way to host parties centred around sporting events or throw a movie night with a difference.
  • Al fresco dining is all well and good, but you need to make sure you have somewhere to eat. Invest in some good quality outdoor dining furniture and consider adding cushions to make the space more comfortable. Just be sure to have somewhere to store them when they are not in use.
  • Make the area cosy with some comfy seating. This is especially important if you have invested in a TV or projector screen, as you will need somewhere to sit and watch it.
  • Consider bug repellents. If you plan to spend a lot of time outside cooking, eating and enjoying company in your new outdoor living spaces, you will need to invest in sticky bug tape or specialised lights to prevent pests getting to you and your food.
  • Think about the temperature. Whilst enjoying a summer sunset is a great idea, sometimes the evenings can become cool quite quickly. Consider installing a feature fie pit or invest in outdoor heat lamps to take the chill off.

Now you have a number of great outdoor living space ideas, you can be sure to create a calm, perfect space to extend your living areas from the indoors of your home outdoors.

Key steps

  • Plan your outside kitchen to include somewhere to prep and cook.
  • Don’t forget storage space!
  • Try building an outdoor bar.
  • Make the area cosy with comfy seating.
  • Don’t forget to include furniture to dine at.
  • Invest in a fire pit or heat lamps to take away the evening chill.

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