Get Inspired to Design Your Outdoor Living Room

Finding the inspiration to want to design an outdoor living room is rarely the problem for most homeowners – the problem most experience is working out where to start! There are so many outdoor living room design ideas to consider, so depending on the space and budget you have to work with there are no end of ideas to take into consideration.

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How much space do you have to work with?

The amount of space you have to work with will largely determine what you can achieve when creating an outdoor living space. This should be the first aspect you address because it will determine the layout of your living room, the amount of furniture you purchase for it and the number of extras – barbecues, plants and flowers, water features, etc – that you opt for.

Will it complement the style of your home?

This is one of the most important considerations to take into account here, and not only because failing to complement the style of your home could make your outdoor living area look out of place, but also because it could make your home unappealing to prospective buyers in the future when it comes time to sell.

Does it incorporate natural elements?

Incorporating natural elements is beneficial for so many reasons and can render your outdoor living room an infinitely more appealing place to spend time. This involves more than ensuring you have a nice view of the garden or the trees over the back fence, as it also involves taking into account the sun, wind and rain. Many homeowners have created what seems to be the ideal outdoor living room only to discover that it’s too hot to sit in as the shine blazes through, or alternatively the opposite, no natural light is able to enter and their new living room appears gloomy.

Does it have a view?

If it’s possible to work with the layout of your outdoor living room so you have a pleasant view to enjoy then don’t overlook the benefits of doing so, you won’t regret it. However, not all homeowners are afforded the luxury of having a view to take in, so those that don’t are advised to work to create a space that doesn’t need one, perhaps adding plants, flowers and water features, and incorporating natural features, to create a welcoming space.

Does it offer privacy?

You’ll want your outdoor living room to be a private space, which isn’t always possible, especially if you have a stunning view. However, there are a few ways to render your outdoor space more private without detracting from the view by erecting walls, like using attractive trellis plants or adding large, leafy potted plants.


One of the most important aspects of creating an outdoor living room is the furniture you select for it. Obviously you’ll want it to be as comfortable as possible, but comfort isn’t the only consideration to take into account here as you’ll also need to think about durability and longevity, after all it’s one thing to create an attractive, comfortable outdoor living room and quite another to keep it looking that way.

Whether your outdoor living room will be undercover or completely exposed to the elements it’s tough to top rattan (wicker) furniture, like that found at Oceans Rattan Furniture. Not only is rattan attractive, but it’s also durable and hardwearing, making it the perfect choice for outdoor living furniture. Aluminium furniture is also a popular choice for outdoor living areas because it’s also attractive, durable and hardwearing, and like rattan furniture there’s plenty of designs and styles to select from.

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Oceans Outdoor Furniture are specialists in sun loungers, cube sets, sofa collections and other garden furniture pieces. Their Oceans rattan furniture range is especially known for its quality and design.

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