Design The Perfect Outdoor Living Room

Autumn is often translated as a time to be spent outdoors—whether tailgating, playing in the leaves, or simply enjoying hot cocoa. And what better place to enjoy the season than in your living room with family and friends? What if that living room was outdoors—complete with a cottage-style patio kitchen and grilling station? We’ve collected some of our favorite tips to create the ultimate outdoor living room where you can enjoy the splendor of the season in style.

outdoor living room
Photography by Jim Bathie

This open-air “room” takes full advantage of the afternoon shade and is centered with a rustic brick exterior fireplace, allowing the details of the hardscape to shine while a lush landscape brings rich pops of color and interest.

outdoor living room
Photography by Jim Bathie

Functionality and comfort are key when it comes to creating a living space outdoors. Cozy plaid and tartan blankets add a layer of texture and warmth that evoke an added sense of welcome.

pumpkin arrangement on coffee table
Photography by Jim Bathie

A handful of seasonally inspired throw pillows helps set the tone for this charming outdoor space as warm hues of orange and rustic notes of red prove to be an attractive backdrop for entertaining. 

outdoor living room
Photography by Jim Bathie

A casual grouping of relaxed furniture anchored by an outdoor rug makes for a lovely place to enjoy easy conversation zones, accessible dining areas, and TV watching while a curved, two-tiered kitchen bar provides ample room for guests as well as countertop workspace.