Now that Spring has arrived and Summer is right around the corner, I’ve joined the bajillion people who are sprucing up their outdoor space.  In the past (meaning pre-blogging days), I just filled a few pots with flowers, tidied things up and called it done.  These days, I try to put more effort in my outdoor spaces.  Specifically, I want my deck and porch to feel more like a room instead of just a place for some potted flowers and a table with an umbrella.
 
While doing a little research,  I put together a few pointers for creating an outdoor room that have helped me and I hope you will find helpful too.
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Furniture – The Basic Element

Determine how you want/need your space to function.  That will dictate what type and the amount of furniture that you’ll need.
 
 If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor fireplace, I’m truly envious of you!  By all means arrange your furniture to enjoy such a great focal point.
Loads of tips for how to create an inviting outdoor space. If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor fireplace, make sure to arrange the furniture to take advantage of this great focal point.
 
Do you want a multi-functional space?   Whether your space is small or large, one level or two, grouping furniture together according to it’s function will enhance the feeling of having multiple outdoor rooms.
 
 If you truly want the look of an outdoor room, use furnishings like what you would use indoors.  Be sure to use outdoor fabrics and cushion inserts, outdoor lamps and outdoor paint to hold up to the weather.
Loads of tips for how to create and inviting outdoor space. If you truly want the look of an outdoor room, use furnishings like what you would use indoors. Be sure to use outdoor fabrics and cushion inserts, outdoor lamps and outdoor paint to hold up to the weather.
 
 
 

Define The Space

Consider adding “walls” to your outdoor space to give the feel of an outdoor room, not just a wide open space.
 
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Loads of tips for how to create and inviting outdoor space. Create instant walls with rolls of bamboo fencing. It's very affordable and easy to install.
 
Create the illusion of a wall with outdoor planters.  If diy isn’t your thing, these self-watering outdoor planters are awesome!  They’re on wheels (which you can lock in place), so they can easily be moved around.  Available in three colors – white, charcoal and green.  With free shipping and a $30 savings when you order more than one planter, they’re a great bang for your buck.
 
Loads of tip for how to create an inviting outdoor space. These self-watering outdoor planters are awesome! They're on wheels (which you can lock in place), so they can easily be moved around. Available in three colors - white, charcoal and green. With free shipping and a $30 savings when you order more than one planter, they're a great bang for your buck.
 
 
You can always choose to build a wall where nothing currently exists.  You don’t have to have a roof and the design is limited only by your creativity.
Loads of tips for how to create an inviting outdoor space. You can always choose to build a wall where nothing currently exists. You don't have to have a roof and the design is limited only by your creativity. 
  
The addition of drapery panels is a great way to define your room and create intimacy.  No need to spend a lot of money on outdoor fabric either.  Canvas painter’s drop cloths are readily available at your local big box home improvement store and are very affordable.
Loads of tips for how to create an inviting outdoor space. The addition of drapery panels is a great way to define your room and create intimacy. No need to spend a lot of money on outdoor fabric either. Canvas painter's drop cloths are readily available at your local big box home improvement store and are very affordable. 
  
Group different size and height planters together to define the different “rooms” and to help direct the traffic flow.
 
Loads of tips for how to create and inviting outdoor space. Group different size and height planters together to define the different "rooms" and to help direct the traffic flow.
 

 Make it Comfy and Inviting

Accessorize!  Your outdoor space will feel much more inviting if you take the time to add accessories.  Just make sure that they’re outdoor-ready.

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Loads of tips for how to create and inviting outdoor space. Accessorize! Your outdoor space will be much more inviting if you take the time to add accessories.

 

An outdoor fireplace is wonderful, but if you don’t have one, arrange your furniture pieces close together to make conversation easy.

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Loads of tips for how to create and inviting outdoor space. An outdoor fireplace is wonderful, but if you don't have one, arrange your furniture pieces close together to make conversation easy.

Add a rug (or two).  Nothing says “this is a room” like an area rug.  An area rug helps to ground and define a space.  The design/style of the rug that you choose will go a long way toward pulling your outdoor room together.
 
Loads of tips for how to create an inviting outdoor space. Add a rug (or two). Nothing says “this is a room” like an area rug. An area rug helps to ground and define a space. The design/style of the rug that you choose will go a long way toward pulling your outdoor room together.
 
Pavers make a great “rug” if your outdoor room is in the yard.
Loads of tips for how to create and inviting outdoor space. Pavers make a great "rug" if your outdoor room is in the yard. 
  
Whether you prefer a trickle or a gurgle, the sound of running water is so soothing and relaxing.  I think it can even fool you into thinking it’s cooler when you’re near it.  The selection of portable outdoor fountains is huge today.
 
Loads of tips for how to create an inviting outdoor space. Whether you prefer a trickle or a gurgle, the sound of running water is so soothing and relaxing. I think it can even fool you into thinking it's cooler when you're near it. The selection of portable outdoor fountains is huge today.
 
  
Soften up the hard edges by making sure there are lots of cushions and pillows.
 
Loads of tips for how to create an inviting outdoor space. Soften up the hard edges by making sure there are lots of cushions and pillows 
 
Create interest by mixing texture, styles and finishes of furnishings, fabrics and accessories.  
Loads of tips for how to create an inviting outdoor space. Create interest by mixing texture, styles and finishes of furnishings, fabrics and accessories. 
How about you – do you have a favorite tip for making an outdoor space feel like a room?
 
Loads of tips and ideas for how to create an amazing outdoor space!
 
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