How to take part in the hottest design trend in 2018

Homes with outdoor living spaces are for people who like relaxing and entertaining outdoors. Incorporating features like outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, spacious verandas and screened porches, these design elements take advantage of all that outdoor living must offer.

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 To establish your perfect outdoor living space:

Establish Traffic Patterns

No matter the size of your yard, your outdoor living spaces will work better together if you establish traffic patterns. You can do this in a variety of ways, including laying formal walkways, creating shifts in hardscape materials, or planting shrubs or trees to establish corners and borders.

Create a Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Folding or multi-slide doors are functional design elements for connecting your interior and exterior living spaces. These movable glass walls allow you and your family the ability to expand your living space and bring the joy of outdoor living into your home. 

Create a Focal Point

Well-designed indoor rooms typically build off one element — a sofa or piece of art, for example — which gives the eye something to land on; the rest of the furnishings and accents support that piece. That same principle applies to outdoor living spaces.

Establish a Sense of Discovery

Paths are great tools in outdoor living spaces for more than just finding your way. Include a gentle curve in the design and a path is instantly transformed into a walkway that encourages discovery and exploration in the garden.

Zone Your Space

Clever furniture arrangement is all it takes to establish a variety of uses in one outdoor living space. For example, in a smaller space, place a bench and dining table closer to a corner; in a larger one use different textures or rugs to break up dining and relaxing areas.

Strategically Shield the View

You may want part of your outdoor living space to be more private than another area.  Solar shades or privacy panels are a great way to accomplish that goal; they can be used horizontally or vertically and can be operated either manually or motorized. 

Connect to the Indoors

Outdoor living spaces that are easily accessible to indoor rooms are the most likely to get used. So, when you’re designing your deck or patio, try to locate it in a spot that’s in a traffic pattern or in a place that off the master bedroom or living room.